Shoe Shine 8.5 ft ?uestlove of The Roots w/ Rahzel, Mu$a and Cavem

?uestlove (pronounced "Questlove") is the stage name of Ahmir Khalib Thompson, born January 20, 1971 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, an African-American musician, DJ, Journalist, and record producer, best known as the drummer for hip-hop band The Roots. ?uestlove's peerless drumming, production and engineering work is regarded bar none by music critics as some of the most innovative work seen in Urban Music. He has also produced for artists such as Common and D'Angelo and member of the production teams Grand Negaz and The Grand Wizzards.
Thompson's father was Lee Andrews of Lee Andrews & the Hearts, a 50s doo-wop group. His parents did not want to leave him with babysitters, so took him on tour with them. He grew up in backstages of doo-wop shows, and began drumming at the age of two. By the age of seven, Thompson began drumming on stage at shows, and by 13, had become a musical director.

As a teenager, ?uestlove's parents enrolled him at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. By the time he graduated, he had founded a band called The Square Roots (later dropping the word "square") with his friend Tariq Trotter (Black Thought). ?uestlove's classmates at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts included Boyz II Men, jazz bassist Christian McBride, and jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco.

?uestlove began performing on South Street (akin to Greenwich Village and Haight Ashbury) in Philadelphia using drums, while Tariq rhymed over his beats and rhythms.

The Roots' roster was soon completed, with ?uestlove on percussion, Tariq Trotter and Malik B on vocals, Josh Abrams (Rubber Band) on bass (who was replaced by Leonard Hubbard in 1994), and Scott Storch on keyboards. While the group was performing a show in Germany, they recorded an album entitled Organix, released by Relativity Records in 1993.

The group continued recording, releasing two critically acclaimed records in 1995 and 1996, Do You Want More?!!!??! and Illadelph Halflife, respectively. In 1999, The Roots entered mainstream pop consciousness with "You Got Me" (featuring Erykah Badu); a song which would earn the band the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for 2000. ?uestlove shines in the final minute of this song as he unleashes a massive drum n' bass groove over the last chorus. The song helped fuel the success of their Things Fall Apart album which has since been hailed as a classic, eventually selling gold. The group went the experimental route and returned in 2002 with the rock-influenced Phrenology, which also went gold. Two years later, The Roots released The Tipping Point, which contained a more mainstream sound, due to demands from Geffen records. The album did not sell very well (400,000 copies), although ?uestlove shines in the bonus track remake of George Kranz's "Din Da Da."

Besides being the drummer for The Roots, ?uestlove has also lent his talents to other artists, projects, and productions.

He was the drummer for The Philadelphia Experiment, a collaborative instrumental jazz album featuring musicians from Philadelpia, released on Rope-a-Dope Records in 2001 and the DJ of the compilation ?uestlove Presents: Babies Making Babies, released on Urban Theory Records in 2002. He also served as executive producer for D'Angelo's 2000 album Voodoo, Slum Village's album Fantastic, Vol. 2 and Common's albums Like Water for Chocolate and Electric Circus. Besides the aforementioned albums, he has also contributed as a drummer or producer to Erykah Badu's Baduizm and Mama's Gun, Dilated Peoples Expansion Team, Blackalicious' Blazing Arrow, Bilal's 1st Born Second, N.E.R.D.'s Fly Or Die, Joshua Redman's Momentum, and Zap Mama's Ancestry In Progress, Fiona Apple's Extraordinary Machine, among others.

Played drums on Christina Aguilera's song "Loving Me 4 Me" for her 2002 album "Stripped". His drum skills were also featured in Joss Stone's cover of the White Stripes' Fell in Love with a Boy.
In 2005, ?uestlove appeared, along with such luminaries as Madonna, Iggy Pop, Bootsy Collins, and Little Richard, in a television commercial for the Motorola ROKR phone.

In 2006, ?uestlove appeared as himself in the film Dave Chappelle's Block Party, as well as in the Tupac skit on The Dave Chappelle Show: The Lost Episodes . With the exception of The Fugees, ?uestlove served as the drummer for nearly every performer at the 2004 Brooklyn street concert.

?uestlove was given an Esky for Best Scribe in Esquire magazine's 2006 Esky Music Awards in the April issue.

?uestlove was one of a handful of musicians hand-picked by Miami Steve Van Zandt to back Hank Williams Jr. on a new version of "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight" for the season premiere (and formal ESPN debut) of Monday Night Football. Along with his fellow Motorola ROKR commercial co-stars Bootsy Collins and Little Richard, ?uestlove's bandmates included Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick), Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Charlie Daniels, and Bernie Worrell.

Nicknamed the "Godfather of Noyze," Rahzel is known for an ability to sing or rap while simultaneously beatboxing, as evidenced in his performances of "Iron Man" and his signature song "If Your Mother Only Knew", a hidden track on Make the Music 2000. His talents are showcased in various solo projects as well as on Ben Harper's 2000 single, "Steal My Kisses." He also provided his own voice on video games SSX and SSX Tricky.


From "Refresh Fridays" and "Futurshock".

DJ Cavem Moetavation is more than a deejay, this Denver, Colorado native, and has been a long time community activist due to an early awareness of inequity in his neighborhood. At age 27, Ietef Hotep Vita is DJ C.A.V.E.M. (Communicating Awareness Victoriously Educating the Masses) Moetavation, an internationally known HipHop artist, writer/producer, deejay, HipHop Yogi, Afro-Latin percussionist, father, midwife, and environmental youth advocate. He is an Eco-Cultivator/Educator, sharing his knowledge with various age groups in organic gardening, veganism, wholistic health, sustainability, conscious consumption, and HipHop culture. Straight out the garden, representing the Historic Five Points, DJ Cavem is an O.G.: Organic Gardener, “teachin’ HIP HOP history and how to grow greens” and not the ones you roll. He is HIP HOP: Higher Inner Peace, Helping Other People, an award winning activist, founder of"GOING GREEN LIVING BLING" a HIPHOP & FOOD JUSTICE Curriculum a Green For All Fellow, B-Boy and Midwife. This Vegan chef is producing more than just beets, harvesting three albums; “Deep Rokc”, “The Teacher’s Lounge” and his last release is "THE PRODUCE SECTION - THE HARVEST" Dropped in 2012 working with FARMERS and ARTIST. SEE HIM IN THE OCTOBER ISSUE OF OPRAH MAGAZINE and look out for his new album coming out “ECO TWERK”, coming soon! He has played with artists such as Talib Kweli, Les Nubians, Digable Planets, KRS One, K'naan and Gil Scott-Heron just to name a few, and has performed ECO Music internationally in Uganda, Burkina Faso, Paris, London, Mexico, and Amsterdam. check the BROWN RICE AND BROCCOLI VIDEO " FOR MORE INFO EMAIL -BOOKCAVEM@GMAIL.COM.

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“Shoe Shine” is an annual Sneaker Exhibition and Competition. Its primary goal is to creatively engage the community through integrating visual art and sneaker culture. Over the years, sneakers have become a fixture in popular culture. "Shoe Shine" showcases the sneaker as a canvas unlike any other, and allows artists to reveal unlimited possibilities of self-expression. Through this event, we provide the community a channel to view sneakers as art and as a medium for individual expression.

Elements of the event include: 1.) The "Use the Backboard" exhibition where local artists transform a basketball hoop and backboard into astonishing paintings, photos, or sculptures; 3) Displays of customized sneakers and skateboards, 4) “live” shoe customization and painting by some of Denver’s top Artists, and 5) A Sneaker Battle.

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