The Roots’ drummer Questlove put together a soundtrack to accompany Michelle Obama’s memoir, Becoming.
The Michelle Obama Musiaqualogy is a three-volume playlist that spans more than four decades and includes Ella Fitzgerald, Sam Cooke, George Benson, Michael Jackson, D’Angelo, Erykah Badu and Jill Scott.
“Like a lot of people, I connect many of my memories with the songs and melodies I was listening to at the time,” Obama said in a statement to Billboard. “From the jazz and Stevie Wonder of my childhood, to Prince and Earth, Wind & Fire as I came into my own as an adult, to Beyoncé, Janelle Monáe and so many others who provided the stirring backbeats of my time in the White House—music has always been a defining part of who I’ve become.
“That’s why I’m so thankful to Questlove for curating these playlists and infusing them with his signature style. Life’s a little better when we live it to Questlove’s beat,” she said.
Volume one contains music from 1964-1979 and volume two spans from 1980-1997; both are meant to be played in chronological order. Volume three, which covers 1997-2018, was curated for shuffle mode.
The soundtrack is being played live in venues across 10 cities on the Becoming book tour, which kicked off in Chicago on Nov. 13 and will end in Brooklyn, New York, on Dec. 19. In addition, The Michelle Obama Musiaqualogy can be streamed on Spotify or Pandora’s Questlove station.
According to USA Today, the memoir, which was published by Crown Publishing, sold more than 1.4 million copies in the U.S. and Canada its first week. Becoming also had one of the year’s biggest debuts with more than 725,000 books sold on its release day.
Obama is scheduled to make a special appearance on the drummer’s podcast, Questlove Supreme, soon.
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