In a recent interview with Time Magazine, Ahmir-Khalib Thompson, aka Questlove, spoke openly about Tonight Show duties as well as his own new show, SoundClash. Perhaps more interesting than both topics however, were his comments on the whole, Iggy Azalea, ‘Fancy’ debate.
“We as black people have to come to grips that Hip-Hop is a contagious culture. If you love something, you gotta set it free. I will say that ‘Fancy,’ above any song that I’ve ever heard or dealt with, is a game-changer in the fact that we’re truly going to have to come to grips with the fact that Hip-Hop has spread its wings.”
“Part of me hopes she grows out of that and says it with her regular dialect — I think that would be cooler. But, yeah, ‘Fancy’ is the song of the summer.”
When someone as respected as Questlove gives his two cents on a Hip-Hip, or racial topic for that matter, people tend to take notice. The 43 year-old Roots drummer, that carries around 10 terabytes of music everywhere he goes (because hey, “you never know when you might need to show someone an episode of soul train”) also had big props to add for the Australian music scene in general: “I don’t think it’s any mistake that four or five of my favorite singers are from Australia.”