Mo' Meta Blues
Author: Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and Ben Greenman
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
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Imagine having an extensive, candid conversation with The Roots drummer, and all-around music expert, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson that when transcribed is 282 pages long. That's Mo' Meta Blues in a nutshell, and it's a true delight.
Co-written by New Yorker editor Ben Greeman, Questlove's hugely entertaining memoir is an all-access pass into the acclaimed musician's brain, complete with every humorous anecdote (there's a Prince encounter that rivals Chappelle's Show's Charlie Murphy segment), revealing backstory (he pulls no punches in recounting how he met Black Thought and the rest of The Roots), and painful memory (he refers to the 1995 Source Awards as "hip-hop's funeral"). —Matt Barone