Many fans were questioning why certain artists weren’t involved or highlighted during the Grammy’s Hip Hop 50 tribute, and Questlove shared more on the reason why. Quest said, “general ?s answered about last night: (some are asking if we are playing erasure games so uh….yeah, I don’t play that so—in answering the questions of ‘why wasn’t dada there?’ 1. already booked 2. declined our offer straight up 3. or a third option im not gonna get into.”
— The Source Magazine (@TheSource) February 8, 2023
The Roots’ drummer continued after someone online asked about artists not wanting to be considered ‘old school,’ “this is KEY. started 20 years back w Hip Hop Honors. Hip Hoppers (current at least) LOATHE sentimental history or talk of Legacy or anything, so half the ‘NO’ was from the ‘we aint old school’—-once 40 THEN mofos think about making a lasting impression.” So which artists do you think Questlove referred to when discussing artists that didn’t want to be classified as ‘old school’?
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