“This is the record of the MTV show that Jay-Z did with The Roots. I heard it before I even played the drums. I was a big Jay-Z fan, and I made a video of the shot from the TV; I remember recording it with the VCR.
“Even though I watched it loads and loads of times, I didn’t really understand at the time how a band worked and how they could make a live rap record sound so good. The Roots took Jay-Z’s songs from the record to the stage and did some incredible things with them.
“Questlove has always been a favorite of mine. I’ve revisited this record a lot of times. At first, I was a bit curious and surprised that he would want to sound so mechanical, like a human drum machine or something, but then I was really impressed that he could actually do such a thing. Not everybody can play a simple groove for three minutes with no variation and have it mean something. It sounds easy, but it's not."