Questlove And Chris Rock Talk Black Bar Mitzvah Music, Joe Jackson, & The Top Five Soundtrack

Chris Rock’s new film Top Five — which was produced by Kanye and Jay Z — hits theaters next month. Questlove served as the movie’s music producer, and The New York Times sat down for a talk with both of them behind the scenes of The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. They had a fascinating conversation: Questlove recalls a recent experience when he was hired to DJ a black bar mitzvah and was unprepared (“I had nothing but 5 Seconds of Summer and Taylor Swift, and I had to scrap everything and get clean Nicki, clean Wayne, clean Drake,” he says), they discuss their relationship with their fathers in relation to Joe Jackson, and talk about whether or not black films like Top Five can be made within the current studio system anymore. (Top Five was made independently and picked up by Paramount after a good run at the Toronto Film Festival.) Read the whole talk here — it’s well worth it.

[Photo by Damon Winter/The New York Times.]