Questlove Still Owns — And Drives — His First Car

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Questlove The Roots Performs at Summer Spirit 2018
Photo Credit: Vickey Ford of Sneakshot Photography
Questlove The Roots Performs at Summer Spirit 2018

Photo Credit: Vickey Ford of Sneakshot Photography


If you live in Philadelphia chances are you’ve seen Questlove driving around in his first car.

That’s right, The Roots bandleader and drummer still owns his first car. During an interview with Marketplace radio show host Kai Ryssdal, Quest talked about a number of subjects and revealed that he still has his first car.

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Here’s that part of the interview via

Questlove: More or less, it’s, “How did I get here?” Often when I go back to Philadelphia, I do something called chasing ghosts. I still have my first car and I keep it at my mom’s —

Ryssdal: I’m sorry, you still have your first car?

Questlove: And I still utilize it. Yeah. And I go to my mom’s house and I get it and usually I drive around — when I go to Philly, I’ll drive from like midnight to 3 in the morning, literally just chase ghosts. And the thing I always do is when I go past the place where The Roots used to busk on Fifth and South Street, I’m always like, yo, like back in 1992, I thought 1999 was going to be the future, you know. Let alone would I still be a thing in 2018. I mean, I’m not one of those “knock on wood” people, that I don’t want to jinx it. But —

Elsewhere in the interview, he also talks about The Roots becoming Jimmy Fallon’s house band and initially didn’t see it as an opportunity to further his career.

“Not once did I think like, ‘Oh, this could benefit you or this could actually lead to open doors.’ I just thought, you know, because I was reading the op-eds and even though I love being underestimated — someone had wrote in a blog once, like, ‘Oh, this is a sad day for music because watching The Roots accept this Tonight Show gig will be like watching Miles Davis busking in a New York subway for change.’ And I was actually like, ‘Good. This is exactly what I want,'” Quest said. “I want to be underestimated because I wanted to — not saying that it was uncool — but I wanted to make, I wanted to kill all perceptions of this being a square gig.”

The rest of the interview can be read here.

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