Questlove Talks Super Group with Amy Winehouse, Mos Def and Raphael Saadiq

Questlove Talks Super Group with Amy Winehouse, Mos Def and Raphael Saadiq

Questlove reveals how the plan to bring together the musical forces was conceived.

Published March 20, 2012

Losing Amy Winehouse was a big enough blow to popular music by itself, but according to Questlove, the soul singer's passing brought an end to another potentially glorious music act — a super group consisting of Winehouse, Questlove, Mos Def (the rapper now known as Yasiin Bey) and Raphael Saadiq.

"We spent a lot of time on Skype talking about crazy ideas and she schooled me about Sarah Vaughan," Questo recalled in an interview with CBS News. "I schooled her about J Dilla. And she was like, 'All right, we're going to start a super group. You, me, Mos [Def] and Raphael Saadiq.'"

Questlove said that he and Winehouse would indulge each other's considerable music obsessions and that he was open to the cross-genre collaboration.

"I was like, 'OK.' And she assigned homework: 'All right, study this record,'" he recalled. "I really miss not having her here to school me on jazz; I thought I was a music snob, and I thought I had my doctorate in jazz, but no. There's so much more I could have learned. She's a teacher."

Winehouse died suddenly of alcohol poisoning last July. A posthumous collection of unreleased songs, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, was released in December.

 

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Written by Reggie Ugwu

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