Turns out, the brand-new Tonight Show music man has strong opinions on women—and hoodies!
There’s no denying it: Questlove (a.k.a. Ahmir Thompson) is the king of cool. The Roots drummer followed Jimmy Fallon from Late Night to The Tonight Show, where he keeps everyone from Michelle Obama to our grandmas entertained. (His cameos in the viral #Hashtag videos are perfection.) Here, the Philly native talks style and the tearjerking song he loves.
Glamour: What was the strangest part about going from Late Night to The Tonight Show?
Questlove: The Late Night set was more colorful, so now we have to dress to complement a more neutral set. But I still rock my weird bow ties!
Glamour: Speaking of clothes, you’re the hoodie expert, and a DJ partner at a sweatshirt shop in NYC. What do you love about a girl in a hoodie?
Questlove: It’s the ultimate boyfriend accessory. A girl’s not going to borrow my jeans or my sneakers, but she can definitely borrow my hoodie. It’s like a wearable hug.
Glamour: Is there a female artist who’s influenced you?
Questlove: Every time I show someone Nina Simone’s 1976 live performance of “Feelings” at the Montreux Jazz Festival, they shed a tear. She really reaches deep into her soul.
Glamour: Obviously singers and guitarists use their instruments to seduce ladies all the time, but have you ever and used the drums to get a girl?
Q: I can’t think of a time I did—saxophonists and guitarists, they’re the leaders of the pack. Drums are so unsexy.
Glamour: That’s not true!
Questlove: One of my idols once told me to scale down to a threepiece drum set—that’s all you need. If you’re breaking down all those drums after the show, by the time you’re done, your bandmates are already backstage, taking all the girls. So I cut down, and from then on was always the first one packed up.