News: UPDATE: Questlove Clears Up "Secret" Jay-Z Project
Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 5:40PM
The Roots' Questlove has cleared up reports based on an interview where he announced plans to put together an abstruse project alongside rap mogul Jay-Z, claiming the footage is outdated.
According to the much-heralded drummer, the "secret project" was in relation to Jay's recent Carnegie Hall concert.
"RT: THERE IS NO JAY Z PROJECT. That "Project" is from an OLD INTERVIEW. I was speaking of Carnegie Hall Show. Its the 4th time I've said this but I'm getting more & more blog links saying the opposite lol. RT this please!" (Questlove's Twitter)
Despite the footage being outdated, Hollywood TV released its Questlove interview on Valentine's Day.
"He and I are actually working on a secret project," Quest revealed in an interview. "So I was kind of taking a break from working with him and he was like, 'Come by the [40/40 Club] opening,' so we're doing something real big in the next few weeks." (Hollywood TV)
Earlier this month, Questlove backed up Jay on percussion at his Carnegie Hall concert.
Nas joined Jay-Z and Alicia Keys on stage earlier in the night, performing both of their NYC anthems: "Empire State of Mind" and "N.Y. State of Mind." Jay stepped off stage as Nas and Alicia Keys performed his Billboard 100 hit, "If I Ruled the World." Backed by a full orchestra, singers Bilal and Bridget Kelly, and The Roots' Questlove on the drums, Jay-Z managed to maintain all of Carnegie Hall on their feet for all of the approximately 2 hr. performance with diamonds in the air. (Billboard Biz)
Last month, Quest made headlines for revealing he is carefully laboring on a special decked out iPod for Jay and wife Beyonce Knowles-Carter.
Questlove has yet to present Blue Ivy Carter's baby gift to her parents because, he told us Wednesday, "I haven't finished it yet." At the grand reopening of the 40/40 Club, we asked The Roots' drummer when he planned to hand over the specially curated iPod with "12,000 songs" to Jay-Z and Beyoncé. (Rolling Stone reported that Quest has 77,000 LPs in his collection.) Questlove said that when he finally hands over his labor of love, the gift will come with one caveat: "It has to be played on an endless loop," he said. (New York Daily News)
Check out Questlove's interview footage below: