The percussion is the heartbeat. Keeps the vibe alive. For all that they do, it’s rare that they have a chance to be seen in front of the stage. They’re usually buried behind some multi-piece kit and a sea of cymbals.
In some ways, they’re like Offensive Linemen in football – great ones make it to where teams get points on the board…but people rarely recognize them when they take their helmets off. No autographs. No endorsement deals. No paparazzi. But without them, you don’t score.
This post is dedicated to the pulse. The heartbeat. The kick. The snare. The boom-bap. This is for the drummers.
Karriem Riggins: Produced songs for Slum Village, Common, Erykah Badu, The Roots, and Dwele; Performed with Donald Byrd, Oscar Peterson, and Roy Hargrove
“J Dilla the Greatest”
Chris “Daddy” Dave: Performed with Adele, Robert Glasper Trio, Jill Scott, D’Angelo, Pat Metheny, Erykah Badu, Beyonce, Bilal…and a whole heap of other artists
“Chris Dave x FELA”
?uestlove: Word? You really need an introduction? Fam…this is ?uestlove.
“The Root” – from his recent Two Man Show with D’Angelo”
I don’t know what this is from…but watch as he goes from finishing off his lunch to checking his phone without skipping a beat…