The Gig: Musical Director of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon; NYU Adjunct Professor
As drummer and co-frontman to the legendary Roots crew, Questo gets Grammy nods seemingly every time they drop an album, and he also teaches classes on 'classic albums' at NYU. But more than that, Questo gets heard. When Jay-Z needs a musical director at Carnegie Hall, you know who gets the call. The event-of-the-season Prince supershow coming up? Same thing.
As music director of NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Questlove has become an undeniable force in bridging the chasm between a national, mainstream audience to cutting edge hip-hop artists like Odd Future, Frank Ocean, and Kendrick Lamar first, changing relative unknowns into households names overnight, while making what would otherwise be everyday appearances into regular water-cooler music moments (see: last week's Method Man jam). Saturday Night Live might be a hallmark moment for the artists performing on it, but for sheer relevancy and real impact, you want Questo to fux with you.