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A Running Diary Of One Hour Spent Listening To Questlove’s Radio Show On Pandora


On Wednesday, Pandora ventured into new territory with the premiere of “Questlove Supreme,” a weekly radio show hosted by Questlove of the Roots. The show, a musical conversation of sorts between Quest and an assortment of guests, is meant to help Pandora compete in the cutthroat, seemingly endless streaming wars. The debut episode’s special guest was Maya Rudolph, who was brought on to talk about her and Questlove’s mutual love of Prince, how she grew up in a musical household and more.

The show kicked off at 1 p.m. Eastern time. However, I didn’t turn in until 2 p.m. But hey, when I did, I took notes as I listened for an hour, interested to hear what “Questlove Supreme” had to offer.

2:03 p.m. I tune in, just in time for Questlove to say that they’re taking a break to go eat some fried chicken and then, coming as not much of a surprise, he plays Michael McDonald’s “Sweet Freedom” from the ’80s buddy cop comedy Running Scared.

2:05 p.m. The white dude funk of McDonald is followed by…what the heck…is this…”Too Many Colors?”

Hold on, I need to Google this. *Googles “Too Many Colors* Hey, it turns out the song, performed by the late Teena Marie and featured on the track was none other than a 7-year-old Maya Rudolph. Yeah, crazy, huh? See Rudolph’s dad was Richard Rudolph, who was an influential producer and songwriter in the late 1970s and 1980s, and worked with everyone from Stevie Wonder to A Tribe Called Quest and her mom was soul singer Minnie Ripperton, who most famously sang “Lovin’ You.”

2:09 p.m. Coming off a discussion about the style and spirit of 1970s soul music, Questlove points out that a lot of that has found its way into Rudolph’s comedy and acting.

2:12 p.m. NAME-DROPPING ALERT. Rudolph casually mentions that she met the Jacksons (as in the Jacksons) in the late 1970s and one of the Jacksons (not Michael, he was too shy) helped her with her math homework. I bet it was Jermaine.

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