Questlove

Yesterday, we posted a fairly random and goofy list of Bon Iver’s five favorite rap verses, which main man Justin Vernon had compiled for the current issue of Rolling Stone. As it turns out, Vernon isn’t too happy with the way the list came out, claiming that the magazine changed his list. Also not happy: Roots drummer/bandleader and actual rap historian type ?uestlove, whose list for the magazine got cut completely.

All these disputes arose on Twitter yesterday. First, ?uestlove: “A lil miffed @RollingStone includes a half baked “top 10 rap verses” list from bon iver’s justin (he could only name 6 at that….). Meanwhile I SLAVED for hrs givin a damn near college level list only to read new issue to see they dropped it. Thanks @RollingStone. Really.”

Then, Vernon responded: “i’m pissed too, dude! totally shaved my list and changed its context. why do we do this shit for these people? wtf. #dontgetit.” And finally, ?uestlove left his final word: “i see the ’Just/Love’ Writing Revolt project in our horizon! i’m rewriting that RS article with a vengeance for my own site. but its NADA to do w/ you. its more w/ losin a well deserved date night. which ironically im messin up NOW redoing this story lol.” And Vernon joined the lovefest: “ill supply my own ’bad grammar guy who only listens to commercial rap apparently” column. xoox”

Panda Bear’s publicist also Tweeted that Panda supplied a list for the issue, which also didn’t run. Rolling Stone did run ?uestlove’s list online, and every magazine has space considerations to worry about, especially in the age of nobody having any advertisers anymore. But it does seems a bit lame to solicit these lists from musicians and then either cut them or chop them to pieces.

Comments (11)
  1. Again, this is why RS is the worst magazine in the biz

  2. You should change the headline to “Everyone, Everywhere Unhappy With Rolling Stone”

  3. rolling stone, the entertainment weekly of music.

    • guys leave RS alone! they had to do their 45-page op-ed on the mind of Rebecca Black, of course half-baked musicians like ?uestlove and Bon Iver are going to get the shaft.

  4. Maybe Rolling Stones Blackberries were out.

  5. I somehow received a free Rollingstone subscription when I got my Sasquatch! tickets. Some of the stuff they have is good in there.

  6. The article could have just said “Because it sucks” and we would have all gotten the jist.

  7. I was offered a free sub to Rolling Stone when I got my Flaming Lips ticket earlier this year. I denied.

  8. When’s Quest going to realize his list isn’t news to anyone? I’ve seen him write the same damn article for several magazines. Enjoyed it the first time, bud.

  9. cut my list into pieces, this is the rolling stone

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