List of Questlove Supreme episodes

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Questlove Supreme is a weekly podcast hosted by Questlove. New episodes are available on Wednesdays and run exclusively on Pandora.

Episodes[edit | edit source]

Episode Number Air Date Guest(s) Episode Description
1 September 7, 2016 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.
2 September 14, 2016 Bob Power Legendary producer, mixer and engineer Bob Power talks about what it was like to make some of the most iconic hip hop albums of our time.
3 September 21, 2016 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.
4 September 28, 2016 The Revolution Recorded from Minneapolis: A special visit with Prince's band, The Revolution, where they talk about Prince's early days, his life and the truth behind the legend.
5 October 5, 2016 Alan Leeds Music executive, producer and award-winning writer Alan Leeds talks about his life and what it was like managing artists like James Brown, Prince, KISS and Chris Rock.
6 October 12, 2016 Shep Gordon Artist manager Shep Gordon shares behind-the-scenes stories about Alice Cooper, Teddy Pendergrass, Luther Vandross and more.
7 October 19, 2016 DJ Moma, X Ambassadors, Chill Moody, Tish Hyman, SMSHNG HRTS, Stretch & Bobbito, Lady Leshurr Recorded from the 2016 Roots Picnic in NYC: Part I features appearances from X-Ambassadors, Stretch and Bobbito, and Lady Leshurr.
8 October 26, 2016 Jungle Brothers, Yuna, Daniel Marley, Freeway, Grits & Biscuits, Emily Wells Recorded from the 2016 Roots Picnic in NYC: Part II features appearances from Jungle Brothers, Emily Wells, Yuna, Daniel "Bambaata" Marley, Freeway, and E.Z.Mo Breezy from Grits & Biscuits.
9 November 2, 2016 Kimbra Recording artist Kimbra talks about what it's like being a New Zealander, the rural wildlife of Silver Lake, California and how she makes records.
10 November 9, 2016 Mike Birbiglia Comedian, writer and filmmaker Mike Birbiglia talks about real-life sleepwalking, his new movie and the insatiable nature of success.
11 November 16, 2016 Ray Parker Jr. Musician and songwriter Ray Parker Jr. talks about finding his voice, working in Motown and Stevie Wonder's surprising driving skills.
12 November 30, 2016 Solange Singer-songwriter Solange talks about what it takes to be a strong black woman today, the making of her new album and just what it is she loves so much about New Orleans.
13 December 7, 2016 Stephen Hill Music executive Stephen Hill gives Team Supreme an education in radio and talks about being an MTV tastemaker and what it really means to be a "suit."
14 December 14, 2016 Pete Rock Producer, rapper and hip hop legend Pete Rock talks about his deep knowledge of music, recording and the art of sampling.
15 December 21, 2016 None Questlove, Phonte and Team Supreme talk about their personal, religious and cultural traditions and share some of their favorite holiday memories.
16 December 28, 2016 None Questlove and Team Supreme reflect on what was lost and gained in 2016.
17 January 11, 2017 Marley Marl Marley Marl shares some of his studio secrets and talks about how he earned his spot as a legend in the early NYC scene.
18 January 18, 2017 Faith Newman Original Def Jam alumna Faith Newman talks about the challenges she faced as a woman in the industry, Russell Simmons and fighting to launch the career of the yet-to-be-known Nas.
19 January 25, 2017 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.
20 February 1, 2017 Kevin Liles Hip hop mogul Kevin Liles talks about the early Baltimore scene, his rise to president of Def Jam and the value of hard work.
21 February 8, 2017 Chris Rock Comedy legend Chris Rock talks about his early days in Brooklyn, how he got into comedy and just who he thinks is the funniest person in any room.
22 February 15, 2017 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.
23 February 22, 2017 Dan Charnas Writer, radio host and music exec, Dan Charnas talks about his early days as a hip hop journalist, some of the artists he did and didn't sign in the 90s and how a simple grammar mistake can cause big trouble.
24 March 1, 2017 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.
25 March 8, 2017 Tom Silverman Tom Silverman, founder of the hip hop/dance label Tommy Boy Records talks about his early days in radio, how disco never actually died and the all important fifth pillar of hip hop: knowledge.
26 March 22, 2017 DJ Premier Houston's very own DJ Premier talks about how he got his name, what it was like to leave Texas to make it in NYC and how he found musical enlightenment.
27 March 29, 2017 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 Iandoli.
28 April 5, 2017 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.
Episode Number Air Date Guest(s) Episode Description
29 April 26, 2017 Babyface, Pt. 1 In part 1 of 2, Award-winning singer, songwriter and producer Babyface talks about his early life, the importance of translating his heartbreaks into music and what it was like working with artists like Whitney Houston, Boyz II Men, Toni Braxton and so many more.
30 May 3, 2017 Babyface, Pt. 2 In part 2, Babyface talks about getting "magicked" by Michael Jackson, his involvement in movies like Waiting to Exhale and the answers to all of Team Supreme's burning questions.
31 May 10, 2017 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.
32 May 17, 2017 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.
33 May 24, 2017 Jerrod Carmichael Comedian, actor and writer Jerrod Carmichael talks about how came into the L.A. comedy scene, his distaste for the audition process and shares some of the tricks he uses to make his work special.
34 May 31, 2017 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.
35 June 7, 2017 Jimmy Jam, Pt. 1 In part 1, the legendary R&B songwriter and producer Jimmy Jam talks about his early days, life with Prince and goin' broke.
36 June 14, 2017 Jimmy Jam, Pt. 2 In part 2, Jimmy Jam talks about making Prince jealous, the studio secrets behind his recordings, how he made all those hits with Janet Jackson and much more.
37 June 21, 2017 Jimmy Jam, Pt. 3 In part 3, Jimmy Jam talks about everything from what Janet and Michael's sibling relationship was like, to his relationship with his own family and shares even more insider secrets.
38 June 28, 2017 Gilles Peterson Pioneering DJ and record label owner Gilles Peterson talks about the politics of early pirate radio, how he broke artists like Jamiroquai, Brand New Heavies and even The Roots, and his passion for helping the right music find the right audience.
39 July 5, 2017 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, learning from the great Fela Kuti in Nigeria, plus so much more.
40 July 12, 2017 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.
41 July 19, 2017 Charlie Wilson Singer, songwriter and lead vocalist for The Gap Band, Charlie Wilson talks about singing with Snoop, showing Michael Jackson the moonwalk and other ways his work has influenced music and pop culture.
42 July 26, 2017 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.
43 August 2, 2017 Donnie Simpson Legendary radio DJ and television VJ Donnie "Green Eyes" Simpson talks about getting into radio at 15, breaking some of the biggest artists and songs of his time and the key to success: being true to yourself.
44 August 9, 2017 Kathryn Bigelow Powerhouse director, producer and writer Kathryn Bigelow talks about the craft of filmmaking, treading tense racial waters in her new film, Detroit, and what it was like to be the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Director (in the same category as her ex-husband).
45 August 16, 2017 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.
46 August 23, 2017 Prince Paul Legendary hip hop producer and DJ Prince Paul talks about his contributions to early hip hop, winning Grammys with Chris Rock and some of the ways he shaped the sound of De La Soul, 3rd Bass, Queen Latifah and more.
47 August 30, 2017 Spike Lee, Pt. 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.
48 September 6, 2017 Spike Lee, Pt. 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.
49 September 13, 2017 Too Short 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.
50 September 20, 2017 Deon Cole Actor, writer and comedian Deon Cole talks about his show Black-ish, the art of the stolen joke and his time writing for Conan and The Tonight Show.
51 September 27, 2017 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."
52 October 4, 2017 Herb Alpert Jazz musician, songwriter and co-founder of A&M records Herb Alpert talks about the art of the trumpet, writing hits with Sam Cooke, the secret to outselling The Beatles and how he really feels about getting sampled by Biggie.
53 October 11, 2017 Mtume, Pt. 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."
54 October 18. 2017 Mtume, Pt. 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).
55 October 25, 2017 Michael McDonald Legendary singer, songwriter and producer Michael McDonald talks about the lessons he learned with Steely Dan, his years with the Doobie Brothers and working with artists like Carly Simon, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle and more.
56 November 1, 2017 Michael Brauer Grammy winning mix engineer Michael Brauer talks about the art of engineering, his studio secrets and what it was like working with artists such as Coldplay, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, Grace Jones and more.
57 November 8, 2017 Bootsy Collins, Pt. 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.
58 November 15, 2017 Bootsy Collins, Pt. 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.
59 November 22, 2017 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.
60 November 29, 2017 Robin Thede Writer, comedian and late-night host Robin Thede talks about her life in front of and behind the camera, how Wyatt Cenac owes his puppetry skills to her and everything you need to know about her new show: The Rundown.
61 December 6, 2017 D-Nice DJ and New York hip hop legend D-Nice opens up about Scott La Rock's life and death, how "Call Me D-Nice" could have been "Call Me Biz Markie," plus Questlove gets some juicy tales from the Latin Quarter featuring Mike Tyson, David Copperfield and more!
62 December 13, 2017 Sheila E. The legendary Queen of Percussion Sheila E. talks about the secrets of her craft, sneaking her brother into Marvin Gaye's band, having Michael Jackson on speed dial and lessons learned from working with Prince.
63 December 20, 2017 Gina Rodriguez Actress and model Gina Rodriguez stops by to enjoy libations and celebrate the holidays, congratulate Phonte on his nuptials, find out how Team Supreme knows each other and talk about her upcoming projects.
64 December 27, 2017 Roy Wood Jr. Comedian and actor Roy Wood Jr. looks back on the roller coaster year that was 2017 with Questlove and Team Supreme.
65 January 3, 2018 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 Lourde (to name a few) and everything you need to know if you ever come up against the United States justice system.
66 January 10, 2018 Steve Miller Hall of Fame guitarist, singer and songwriter Steve Miller talks about the early lessons he learned from Les Paul and T Bone Walker, sitting in on an impromptu recording session with The Beatles and performing with greats like Chuck Berry, Sly Stone and more.
67 January 17, 2018 Ty Dolla Sign Singer, songwriter and producer Ty Dolla $ign shares some of his words of wisdom and talks growing up in the L.A. music scene, his creative process and working with everyone from Babyface and Skrillex to up-and-comer Tish Hyman.

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