Arguably, The Roots have never had higher profile than they have right now, as they were the discussion on political talk shows after they played "Lyin' Ass Bitch" when Michele Bachmann came on Jimmy Fallon's show. In a recent interview with Pitchfork, ?uestlove talked extensively about the controversy, before he moved on to talk about D'Angelo's new album, which is due out in 2012. Here's what he said about Bachmann. Read the rest over here.
Pitchfork: Do you regret playing that walk-on music for Michele Bachmann?
?uestlove: It wasn't like a chess move where you have to think 12 steps ahead; you're just, like, "Fuck, all right, I'm gonna do it," in a kamikaze-type way. And I really didn't think about how it could be perceived as a misogynist swipe-- it didn't hit me until my [Twitter] timeline started showing up that it was seen that way. I was like, "Fuck, I forgot 'bitch' is actually in the title." It deeply offended a lot of women's groups and non-Bachmann supporters, and for that I'm deeply sorry. I'm not parading like I'm the poster boy for the feminist movement, but those who truly know me know that that's not me. I was really just going with her whole revisionist history angle, I wasn't calling it out on her being a woman.
Pitchfork: What kind of reactions have you received since?
?: I've seen some really colorful epithets in the past four days, but "nigger fuckhead ghetto stick" is probably the one that takes the cake. I'm still trying to get my head around that one. Blocking 3,500 tea party extremists [on Twitter] in a three day period is no fun, especially when you're a drummer dangerously close to carpal tunnel. In the end, was it worth it? Absolutely not.