Watch Your Mouth, Questlove (And Touré)!
If there’s one thing society should have learned within the last few years, it is that just because we can share our personal thoughts and words with millions of people, it doesn’t mean we should.
Now, legendary drummer Questlove of The Roots fame (via Touré, as you’ll see later) is the latest example of why some things are better left… unheard.
On Lawrence O’Donnell‘s show The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell, the death of legendary vocalist and entertainer Whitney Houston was the topic of discussion. Music journalist Touré was on the show, along with a handful of others including Rev. Al Sharpton and Kelly Price (who, of course, had shared the stage with the singer just a few days before).
As they continued to discuss the implications of Houston’s death on the industry at large (and black recording artists in particular) Touré recounted a very recent conversation he had had with his friend, Questlove.
“Questlove said something to me that was really deep and he was a little nervous to say but he said it anyway. For Whitney Houston, would you rather be what she is or Melba Moore? And that’s not to slight Melba in anyway, but Melba Moore was a singer, very popular and successful, and then ended up back in the projects through several mistakes, some no fault of her own. And for an artist who chases success and achieves success, the level of desire is so high that to fall back to that, where you came from, and to be embarrassed by other people taking your spot is massively painful.”
Moore took to Twitter (yup, the 66 year-old soul singer has an account) to let it be known that she didn’t appreciate his words.
Apparently, the source of Questlove’s reference is an episode of TV One’s Unsung which covered Moore, and reported that the singer ended up in a relatively meager financial situation as a result of ‘poor fiscal management’ as well as a few other problems.
Of course, none of this would have happened if Touré hadn’t spilled the beans on a private conversation which he admits his friend was a bit nervous to talk about.
Source: EUR ThisNThat