Questlove Supreme

Questlove Supreme is a fun, irreverent and educational weekly podcast that digs deep into the stories of musical legends and cultural icons in a way that only Questlove and Team Supreme can deliver. Led by Each episode is driven by conversation ranging from the guest’s origins (along with a few never-before-revealed secrets to their success) to their life passions and current projects. This is not your typical interview show. This is about legends and legends in the making bringing their legacy to life in their own words. Previous guests have included Usher, Michelle Obama, Chris Rock, Steve Miller, Maya Rudolph, Weird Al, Chaka Khan, Babyface and many more.

Music
Society & Culture
1
Howard Hewett
Howard Hewett is not only 1/3 of the most popular and influential singing groups of all time, he is also known as a "singer's singer," and in the words of our leader, a "freakin LEGEND"
148 min
2
QLS Classic: Mike Birbiglia
Comedian, writer and filmmaker Mike Birbiglia talks about real-life sleepwalking, his movie "Don't Think Twice" and the insatiable nature of success.
149 min
3
Sleater-Kinney
Called one of the most important rock bands in the last 30 years, Sleater Kinney breakdown why hiatus is necessary and how this journey led them to a Path of Wellness
67 min
4
QLS Classic: Salaam Remi Pt. 2
In Part 2 of 2, Salaam Remi talks about making it in the music business, helping Amy Winehouse shape her style and shares his Tales from The Latin Quarter.
79 min
5
Mark Ronson
We break bread with a 7 time Grammy winner, who also happened to produce one of the best selling singles of all time, and get to the root of the magic of Mark Ronson.
114 min
6
QLS Classic: Salaam Remi Pt. 1
Legendary producer Salaam Remi talks about the craft of making hit songs, what it's like crate digging with Biz Markie and his part in making The Score with The Fugees
101 min
7
Gina Yashere
Gina Yashere is THE British Queen of Comedy. Listen as Quest and Team Supreme get to the meat behind the story of one of comedy's true changemakers
92 min
8
Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis
Founding members of the highly successful group, The 5th Dimension, break down fifty two years of marriage, music and their appearance in the Quest's directorial debut, Summer of Soul
88 min
9
Leon Sylvers III
Legendary multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer Leon Sylvers III talks about the secrets of his craft and producing acts like The Whispers, Shalomar, Dynasty and more.
138 min
10
Morris Day
This episode of Questlove Supreme was on the bucket list and not to be missed! Listen as Morris Day schools Quest and Team Supreme on his early days in Minneapolis
155 min
11
QLS Classic: Donnie Simpson
Legendary radio DJ and television VJ Donnie "Green Eyes" Simpson talks about getting into radio at 15 and the key to success
97 min
12
Nathan East
East's body of work encompasses some of the greatest (not debatable) songs of our time, earning him the title of most recorded bass player in the history of music.
115 min
13
QLS Classic: Sheila E.
The legendary Queen of Percussion Sheila E. talks about the secrets of her craft and lessons learned from working with Prince.
141 min
14
El DeBarge
This week's guest possesses "one of the most flawless tenor voices in modern music." Ladies and gentlemen ........El DeBarge!
134 min
15
QLS Classic: Randy Jackson
Randy Jackson rehashes what it was like being the youngest brother of the musical dynasty that was The Jacksons.
130 min
16
The Jacksons
After selling well over 100 million records, recording and performing hit records for the past 50 years, providing a life soundtrack, in the form of their catalog for multiple generations to enjoy, The Jacksons join us!
124 min
17
QLS Classic: Angela Rye
Attorney, political advisor and TV commentator Angela Rye talks about the current political climate, her part in bringing about change and some of the ways everyone can get involved.
102 min
18
Tracee Ellis Ross
we sit down with multiple award winner, super hilarious, multi-talented iconic daughter of an icon, Tracee Ellis Ross. This one is for the record books!
83 min
19
Jesse Johnson Part 2
In part two of two, Jesse Johnson talks being the man behind the tracks and his latest album, Verbal Penetration
82 min
20
The Avalanches
The Avalanches' debut album Since I Left You, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, not only "cracked our skulls open", it's also one of Quest's "top 10 albums of ALL time"
89 min
21
QLS Classic: Jesse Johnson Part 1
Team Supreme sits down for part one of two with Jesse Johnson to talk Prince, playing with The Time and pranks on the road.
109 min
22
Bowlegged Lou Part 2
Bowlegged Lou and his collective of brothers also known as Full Force reinvented and redefined Hip Hop and R&B. Part TWO of our episode
103 min
23
QLS Classic: Michael McDonald
Legendary singer, songwriter and producer Michael McDonald talks about the lessons he learned with Steely Dan, working with artists like Carly Simon, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle and more.
111 min
24
Bowlegged Lou Part 1
Bowlegged Lou, Quest's "personal hero," changed what we knew about Hip Hop and R&B. He talk about wild stage shows, being one of the only hip hop producers to work with James Brown, beefs with Larry Blackman, hits for New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys, playing our favorite school bullies and so much more!
98 min
25
QLS Classic: Just Blaze
Hip hop producer Just Blaze shares some of his recording secrets and talks about everything from the jazz great who still crank calls him to what it was like showing up in New York City with $40 in his pocket
173 min
26
Sam Pollard
Quest and Team Supreme dive into the life and times of Sam Pollard, known for producing, editing and directing some of the most impactful movies of our time From Eyes on the Prize to Style Wars to his current project, MLK/FBI
74 min
27
QLS Classic: Kathryn Bigelow
Powerhouse director, producer and writer Kathryn Bigelow talks about the craft of filmmaking, treading tense racial waters Detroit, and what it was like to be the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Director.
101 min
28
Anthony Mackie
Anthony Mackie is probably in at least one of your favorite movies. From Tupac to Marvel's The Falcon. we dive into where it all comes from and what New Orleans, Juilliard and Wendell Pierce have to do with it
83 min
29
QLS Classic: Roy Ayers
Jazz funk pioneer Roy Ayers talks about his early days in South Central LA, the strange way Miles Davis had of saying hello, and so much more
84 min
30
Terence Blanchard
Renowned composer, musician and arranger Terence Blanchard prepares for his second Oscar nomination for Spike Lee's Da Five Bloods
117 min
31
QLS Classic: Stephen Hill
Music executive Stephen Hill gives Team Supreme an education in what it really means to be a "suit."
163 min
32
Eric Andre
Eric Andre is synonymous with his boundary smashing performative comedy and his talk show that is truly indescribable. But did you know about his jazz roots?
76 min
33
QLS Classic: MC Serch
Latin Quarter staple, hip hop icon and founding member of 3rd Bass, MC Serch, shares stories from back in the day, including how he got his Mom into the rap game and how his beef with MC Hammer almost got him killed.
175 min
34
Monie Love
We close out Women's History Month with living legend, Monie Love, one of the first MC's from overseas to achieve worldwide success
160 min
35
QLS Classic: Rosario Dawson
Actress, producer and activist Rosario Dawson talks about getting discovered and working with artists like Spike Lee, Prince and more
120 min
36
Macy Gray
Macy Gray, one of the most distinctive and extraordinary voices of our time, continues to impress us with her acting chops and now she's helping folks who have lost their loved ones to police brutality
94 min
37
QLS Classic: Chaka Khan
The award winning, Platinum selling, legendary vocalist Chaka Khan talks about the special origins of her name, reality checking Mick Jagger and how Whitney Houston's cover helped her embrace being "Every Woman."
110 min
38
Tiffany Cross
Tiffany Cross, author and host of MSNBC's Cross Connection, has no issue speaking her mind, giving the facts and letting you know her priority is her people.
90 min
39
James Mtume (Part 2)
In part 2 of 2, James Mtume gets on a roll, talking about everything from his legal problems with Wrigley's Gum, to working with his idol Curtis Mayfield and the importance of passing down your story (and wisdom).
90 min
40
Lisa Robinson
As we continue celebrating dope women, in this week's episode of Questlove Supreme we speak to legendary music journalist, Lisa Robinson.
49 min
41
James Mtume (Part 1)
In part 1 of 2, legendary musician and song writer James Mtume reminisces about his historical relationships with legendary jazz musicians like Miles Davis, walks team supreme through the songwriting process and explains the origins of "Mtume."
83 min
42
Anika Noni Rose
This week's Questlove Supreme guest can literally do it all and does in the world of theatre, TV and film.
99 min
43
QLS Classic: Tawatha Agee
Singer-songwriter Tawatha Agee discusses how she rose from her gospel choir beginnings to recording Mtume's hit single, "Juicy Fruit."
106 min
44
Reverend Al Sharpton
Listen as Reverend Al shares his story with Quest and Team Supreme and find out how music was pivotal in framing his story. Class is in session!
65 min
45
QLS Classic: Kwamé (Part 2)
What classic 90's jam did Kwamé partially ghostwrite? Find out the answer and much more on part 2 of the Questlove Supreme interview with Kwamé.
95 min
46
Stephanie Mills
This episode of Questlove Supreme is all about one of the most spectacular voices of our time, Stephanie Mills.
85 min
47
QLS Classic: Kwamé (Part 1)
In part one of two, legendary rapper and literal “Boy Genius” Kwamé Holland gets nostalgic with Team Supreme as they discuss the “golden era” of hip-hop.
85 min
48
Pharoahe Monch
In the words of our leader today's Questlove Supreme guest is "one of the most feared, respected and astonishing MC's of all time."
137 min
49
QLS Classic: Siedah Garrett
Award-winning singer songwriter Siedah Garrett talks about growing up in Compton, her lifelong relationship with Quincy Jones and what it was like on tour with Michael Jackson.
126 min
50
Melba Moore
This episode of Questlove Supreme lands Quest and Team Supreme in the presence of the great Melba Moore.
80 min
51
QLS Classic: George Johnson
George Johnson, guitarist from The Brothers Johnson, talks all things funk, family and his friendship with Sly.
148 min
52
John Densmore
This week's episode of Questlove Supreme pairs Quest and Team Supreme with Rock and Roll royalty, hall of famer and legendary Doors drummer, John Densmore.
77 min
53
QLS Classic: "Weird" Al Yankovic
Grammy winning singer-songwriter & satirist "Weird" Al Yankovic talks about the hilarious songs Prince wouldn't let him parody, why he turned down an opening slot on Michael Jackson's '88 Europe Tour and how he got the okay to poke fun at Kurt Cobain, Coolio, Iggy Izalea and more.
86 min
54
Introducing: Carefully Reckless
1 min
55
HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY QUESTLOVE!
HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY QUESTLOVE!
98 min
56
Mariah Carey (Part 2)
Mariah joins Quest and Team Supreme for a good no holds barred 2 part conversation.
84 min
57
Mariah Carey (Part 1)
It's Mariah week here on Questlove Supreme!
97 min
58
QLS Classic: Nelly Furtado
Singer songwriter Nelly Furtado talks about her Portuguese-Canadian roots, expanding her sound and reach with Timbaland and what it was like touring with her 3-year-old daughter at the height of her success.
93 min
59
QLS Classic: Darius Rucker
Singer-Songwriter Darius Rucker talks about Hootie & the Blowfish, going from playing frat parties with Dave Matthews to The Grand Ole Opry as a solo artist and the obstacles he faced along the way.
84 min
60
Jason Sudeikis
Is There a Year to Review? with Jason Sudeikis
140 min
61
QLS Classic: Biz Markie
A hip hop legend, the one and only Biz Markie "blah-blah-blah's" about his work on TV shows like Yo Gabba Gabba, his legendary record collection, his brotherhood with The Beastie Boys and secrets he'll take with him to his grave.
124 min
62
Deon Cole
The Not So Drunk, Not So Holiday Show with Deon Cole
106 min
63
QLS Classic: The Emotions
Grammy award winning vocal group The Emotions talk about their unusually early musical start, how hip hop reinvigorated their career and the deep influence of their family on everything they do.
98 min
64
Branford Marsalis
In the words of Questlove our guest for this special episode, is "a part of one of THE most important musical dynasty's in music".
110 min
65
Glynn Turman
In this episode of Questlove Supreme we sit down with a man who has been woven into the fabric of all of our lives at any point of his 60 year career and we try to cover it all!
82 min
66
Tommy Oliver & Mike Africa Jr.
Listen as Quest speaks to director Tommy Oliver and the man whose life is brought to the screen, Mike Africa Jr. about a day that changed Quest and Philadelphia forever.
94 min
67
QLS Classic: Jason Flom
Music industry exec and activist Jason Flom talks about the couplet that got him fired from Atlantic, signing monster acts like Twisted Sister, Kid Rock and Lorde (to name a few) and everything you need to know if you ever come up against the United States justice system.
108 min
68
Tank (of Tank & The Bangas)
Listen as she breaks down her band, why no storm will stop her from living in her hometown of New Orleans, gets some great advice on getting along from Quest and even saves a life DURING the interview!
91 min
69
QLS Classic: Dante Ross
Music industry exec, A&R rep and producer Dante Ross talks about what it was like working with Brand Nubian, De La Soul, Macklemore and others.
170 min
70
Boyz II Men (Part 2)
Take a listen to the true story of Boyz II Men...part 2.
80 min
71
QLS Classic: Q-Tip
The legendary Q-Tip talks about the historical firsts and classic hip hop history he took part in and witnessed as part of A Tribe Called Quest.
167 min
72
Boyz II Men (Part 1)
Here is what you know about Boyz II Men, they are the record breaking, multiple award winning, best singing group of our time.
91 min
73
QLS Classic: Usher
The multi-talented Usher talks about the deep importance of knowing where you come from, the terror he felt when he lost his voice and how he found success despite setbacks and disappointments.
179 min
74
Shawn Gee
Shawn Gee, the man who would introduce 2 college student MC's, now known as Malik B and Black Thought, to each other is a true architect of The Roots legendary career.
140 min
75
QLS Classic: Prodigy
One half of the legendary group Mobb Deep, Prodigy, talks about his early jazz roots, his infamous Def Jam incident and how his new cookbook came to be with co-writer Kathy Landoli.
181 min
76
Joy Reid
It's one of the most important weeks of our lives so Questlove Supreme decided to call in an expert.
77 min
77
QLS Classic: Spike Lee (Part 2)
In part 2 of 2, Spike Lee talks about his later films, including the miracles around the making of Malcolm X, getting snubbed for awards and what Jungle Fever was all about.
113 min
78
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Listen to this episode to hear the hilarious and motivating tales of Lin and our UnPaid Bill (aka Bill Sherman) as they navigated their stage dreams through Wesleyan University and transformed them into the award winning In The Heights and Hamilton and even got to collaborate with the leader of their favorite hip hop band!
126 min
79
QLS Classic: Spike Lee (Part 1)
In part 1 of 2, director, producer, writer and actor Spike Lee talks about growing up in pre-gentrified Brooklyn, his first Super 8 camera and why his films are more relevant today than ever.
104 min
80
Brian Alexander Morgan
This is one of THOSE Questlove Supreme episodes. The unexpected, sleeping, "damn that was good" episode, much like our guest, Brian Alexander Morgan.
116 min
81
QLS Classic: Too $hort
Rapper, record producer and Hip Hip icon Too $hort talks about getting his start in Oakland, his legendary collaborations and breaks down the trinity/triumvirate of Bay Area hip hop from which all hyphy flows.
138 min
82
Jurnee Smollett
Jurnee Smollett and Quest go back like flapjacks and the last time she came to Questlove Supreme she brought the whole Smollett clan.
88 min
83
QLS Classic: Heather Hunter
Retired porn star Heather Hunter talks about growing up as part of Brooklyn's legendary hip hop scene, her time spent living at The Latin Quarter and all the ins and outs of her former industry.
98 min
84
Bruce Hornsby
This week on Questlove Supreme mega talented, multiple award winning singer songwriter, composer and pianist Bruce Hornsby shares his story.
92 min
85
QLS Classic: Maya Rudolph
Actress, musician and comedian Maya Rudolph shares some revealing stories about her famous parents, her musical ambitions, her time on SNL and much more.
121 min
86
Alicia Keys
As Alicia releases her seventh studio album, Alicia Quest and team Supreme dive into her beginnings, the lessons learned by the music business and her continuous evolution through it all.
87 min
87
QLS Classic: Lena Waithe
Hear about the state of black television, the lifecycle of a script and working on shows like Master of None and The Chi.
92 min
88
Jemele Hill (Part 2)
This week's episode of Questlove Supreme continues with the game changing Jemele Hill.
69 min
89
QLS Classic: Jazzy Jeff (Part 2)
Grammy-award winning DJ Jazzy Jeff joins Team Supreme (again!) to talk hip hop, DJ culture, and what it was like to work with Will Smith.
148 min
90
Jemele Hill (Part 1)
In the true tradition of Questlove Supreme we not only take you through her life journey, we also fall into some pretty cool rabbit holes
78 min
91
QLS Classic: Jazzy Jeff (Part 1)
Philly's own DJ Jazzy Jeff sits down with Team Supreme to talk hip hop, DJ culture and why magnificence comes in threes.
95 min
92
Robert Glasper
Robert Glasper, multiple award winner, genius pianist and producer maintains his prominent position of changing how we think jazz should sound as well as how it should play in the sandbox with soul and hip hop music.
125 min
93
QLS Classic: Al B. Sure (Part 2)
In part two of this special series, R&B singer Al B. Sure! reminisces with Team Supreme about working with legends like David Bowie, Diana Ross, and Al Green.
83 min
94
George Clinton (Part 2)
This week we dive into part 2 of Questlove Supreme’s interview with the legendary George Clinton.
63 min
95
QLS Classic: Al B. Sure (Part 1)
In part one of two, the original rapper turned R&B singer, Al B. Sure!, talks about his time growing up in "money earnin'" Mount Vernon, coming up with music heavy-hitters in the 90's, his relationship with the late Kim Porter and why music is "his wife."
83 min
96
George Clinton (Part 1)
George Clinton redefined and re-established Funk through his Parliment-Funkadelic collective. His impact can be heard throughout the evolution and maturation of Hip Hop, Pop and R&B music.
62 min
97
QLS Classic: Bootsy Collins (Part 2)
In part 2 of 2, Bootsy talks about his partnership with George Clinton, what he was doing night-fishing in the Bermuda Triangle and becoming Bootzilla.
83 min
98
Introducing: 'California Love'
3 min
99
Sunny Hostin
This week's episode puts Questlove and Team Supreme in the hot seat as they tackle some hot topics with an expert, The View's Sunny Hostin.
114 min
100
QLS Classic: Bootsy Collins (Part 1)
In part 1 of 2, the legendary master of funk Bootsy Collins talks about finding his voice, the madness of working with James Brown and how a life-changing visit with Fela Kuti set him on a new path.
89 min