?uestlove’s Top 10 Life-Shaping Musical Moments (OG Version)
We got an email this morning from the Afrolord, subject heading: figured this would be a good idea, which is how you know when you are about to embark on something that is probably a bad idea. But when ?uesto says we might have to hurt people, we say “which car do you want to take?”
In this case, the car is this OG director’s cut version of his top 10 list Music Moments that Shaped my Life, submitted recently to Rolling Stone. Below are his exact reasons for thinking that publishing the list in its original, unedited form would be a good idea:
in light of the recent “war” that Pitchfork was trying to start over Bon Iver member Justin Vernon’s contribution to Rolling Stone’s “list” issue with me, i decided to present the entire piece.
i wasn’t going after Justin’s list. i was angered at the fact that i took my only day off per MONTH to do this assignment. and i thought i did a quite thorough job at it. much better job than some of the other contributions that seemed rather last minute and not quite well thought out.
i suggested the idea of this list to RS in an effort for them to zero in on artists that are actual fans and experts of a certain field of music (they initially asked me for a yacht rock list and i declined, for i think i need a year of deep concentration so that i would leave no stone unturned should i get asked again next year. i just dont wanna rattle off “the DOOBIES!” cause that’s the cool thing to do. i wanna peep under the surface in case there is some cool yachting i missed. sounds “earnest” but its the responsible thing to do).
anywho, part of me knew that my unedited piece would get chopped to bits (and in this case not used at all for the print issue) so. instead i decided to share the top 10 “music” moments that shaped my life.
note: the edited RS Top 10 list is linked to an actual Spotify playlist for those that care to listen but we have put in youtubes for ease of listening here.