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Ahmir ?uestlove Thompson is a hip hop renaissance man.  Whether he is acting as drummer, DJ, producer, engineer, journalist, or any of his any other various capacities, Thompson is solidifying his place as an icon of hip hop culture.  Hailing from Philadelphia, he attended the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, where he formed The Roots with classmate and friend Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter.  Since then, the group has gone on to be one of the most influential of the past decade, winning a Grammy Award in 2000 for Best Rap Performance by a Group of Duo with their single "You Got Me".  Their 2002 album Phrenology was also nominated for best album.  Thompson produced  D’Angelo’s Grammy-Award winning Vodoo album, and has appeared on records by John Mayer, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Joss Stone, and is currently the musical director for the Dave Chappelle show on Comedy Central.

Recently, Thompson took his Pentax *ist DL around with him while in New York for a Downbeat Magazine cover shoot as well as a roadtrip with some friends.  The resulting images show off that his photographic eye is just as good as his musical ear.

ahmir questlove thompson ?uestlove dj turntable hands
© 2006 Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson
 
ahmir questlove thompson ?uestlove hat street scene
© 2006 Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson
 
ahmir questlove thompson ?uestlove tariq trotter black thought
Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter © 2006 Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson
 
ahmir questlove thompson ?uestlove kirk captain kirk douglas
Kirk "Captain Kirk" Douglas © 2006 Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson
 
ahmir questlove thompson w hotel new york city
© 2006 Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson
 
ahmir questlove thompson ?uestlove new york city skyline
© 2006 Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson
 
ahmir questlove thompson ?uestlove tariq trotter black thought
Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter © 2006 Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson
 
ahmir questlove thompson ?uestlove self portrait car rear view mirror
Self Portriat © 2006 Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson
 
ahmir questlove thompson ?uestlove run down house
© 2006 Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson
 
ahmir questlove thompson ?uestlove
© 2006 Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson
 
ahmir questlove thompson ?uestlove house frame
© 2006 Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson
 
ahmir questlove thompson ?uestlove new york street
© 2006 Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson


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britnee

21-11-2006

Hey, Got some nice pics there. as an aspiring photo student its cool to see "celebrities" takin good pics and spreadin the photography love. anyways cool pics, i approve, art is art no matter what medium. :)

Steven

25-11-2006

Hey dudes, thank you for the great concert in Hamburg last night (24Th Nov. 06)!!! I guess you'd liked more people to now the lyrics of your songs but it's quite hard for us to get everything from them. Take care and keep on! peace Steven

Michael C

28-02-2008

Great shot, keep reachingfor the moon

Min

29-11-2008

Gritty. Doesn't feel as though the person taking the shot knows what they're trying to capture as they're taking it. Not consistently anyway. Half there, half not. Probably not a helpful comment. But a gut reaction anyway.

Rob

25-02-2010

Interesting photos, as most are to me.
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