Questlove Reveals Prince Once Kicked Him Out Of His Own Recording Session With De La Soul

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NEW YORK, USA - FEBRUARY 9 (L-R) Questlove DJ'ing at the Tommy Hilfiger fashion show at the Oyster bar at Grand Central Station in Manhattan. (Photo by Jonas Gustavsson for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
He told the story on De La Soul's new Apple Music radio show.

With their music returning to streaming services, De La Soul are being introduced to a whole new generation of fans. It's been just over a year since their entire catalog made its way to digital streaming platforms after years and years of old school hip hop fans calling for its inclusion. That's caused quite a bit of love to emerge for the legendary rap group. One of the biggest moves they've made is their new show on Apple Music Art Official Intelligence Radio with De La Soul. In the recently released second episode of the show, Common and Questlove guest star to talk about the group's 2001 album Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump.

During the new episode Questlove tells one particularly notable story. about a studio encounter with Prince. “I came in to ‘View’ when we were trying to fix it. You guys had a sample issue with Ode to Billy Joe the drum break that is on ‘View,'” Quest began. He went on to explain how they got interrupted in the middle of working. “We get to the studio and then you and I were greeted by a bunch of security, Secret Service-looking men, and then Clive Davis and Prince walk in. And then the management of Electric Lady lets us know. Prince wanted to play for Clive Davis so we got kicked out of our own session so that Prince could play Clive Davis Rave In2 the Joy Fantastic," he concluded. Check out the full episode of their radio show below.

Questlove Recalls Prince Kicking Him Out Of His Own Sessions

Last year, De La Soul's Trugoy The Dove tragically passed away at age 54. Many in the rap community paid tribute to him in the wake of his shocking death. A few months after it happened Gorillaz brought the remaining members on stage during their Coachella set. In addition to performing some of their legendary collaborations they also paid tribute to Trugoy.

What do you think of Prince kicking Questlove out of his recording session with De La Soul just to play his new album? What's your favorite track off of Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump? Let us know in the comment section below.


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Lavender Alexandria is a music and culture journalist based in Los Angeles, California. She’s covered dozens of musical genres and styles from the most mainstream to the most experimental and underground on her blog and accompanying YouTube channel that looks at music, pop culture, and Billboard charts since 2017: Lav’s Music Corner. Lavender has produced editorial and listicle content both in written and video form over the past far years and has also interviewed up-and-coming artists like Censored Dialogue. Her experiences covering culture have taken her from Hyperpop parties in LA to underground rap shows in Atlanta, to DIY punk shows in Charlotte. Lavender has also written for iHeartRadio, covering some of the biggest artists in Hip Hop such as Ice Spice, Drake, Doja Cat and Cardi B. She also has bylines with ScreenRant and continues to write for Ringtone magazine. Lavender is a lifelong Charlotte Hornets fan and her favorite rap artists include Clipping, Little Simz, Earl Sweatshirt, and Kendrick Lamar.