We need more drum breaks, this is my gift...”

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Okayplayer, Def Jam

Producer, percussionist, frontman, DJ, restaurateur, author, teacher, thinker, legend… yes, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson works. Trying to track his 30+ year career is a dizzying experience, even without spiralling down the numerous musical wormholes comprising it.

It all kicked off early for Thompson, who grew up in Philly and on the road with his parents’ Doo-Wop band (they didn’t trust babysitters). Age 7 he was drumming on stage. Age 13 he was his father’s musical director. And by his high school graduation, Questlove had formed what would become Grammy Award-winning band The Roots.

He’s worked with some of the most important hip-hop artists of the last two decades, from Badu, D’Angelo, Dilla, Common, Slum Village, John Legend, N*E*R*D - the list goes on and on.

For his Serato collaboration, Questlove strips it back to where it all began - the breaks. Check out our interview with Questlove below and hear him break it all down.

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7'' Serato Pressing - Questlove “Sufro Breaks”

Questlove 'Sufro Breaks' 7'' Serato Pressing boxset

Bringing you the Sufro Breaks: an exclusive seven-piece collection of drum breaks by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson.

A matte black boxset contains seven single 7” records, with 7 unique drum beats.. This set has the whole spectrum covered across red, brown, blue, lemon-lime, lavender, gold and black records. With each vinyl in a color-matched sleeve.

Original artwork across all jackets, labels and box by Ian Hendrickson-Smith.


A Sides:

  • Record 1: Neckbones / Hamhocks
  • Record 2: Candid Yams
  • Record 3: Collards Greens / Turnips
  • Record 4: Smothered Snake….Rice….Smothered Steak!!!
  • Record 5: Grits ‘N Gravy / Honky Corn Bread
  • Record 6: Cracklin’ Bread
  • Record 7: Snap Beans...Mobile Gumbo...Buttermilk...Rutabaga

B Sides:

  • Serato Control Tone CV02.5 - 5:00 minutes
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