Watch: Questlove, Black Thought surprise teen street drummer with jam session, new drum set

Questlove and Black Thought spread a little brotherly love down South over the weekend, joining a teenage street drummer in New Orleans for an impromptu jam session while in town for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

As the Times-Picayune reports, the Roots co-founders and Philly natives surprised Darius Lindsley, 15, outside a cafe on Frenchman Street in New Orleans on Sunday. Rapper Common joined the pair, writing in a post on Instagram that he had come across the teen “a few days ago,” and “got to know his story”:

A few days ago a put a video up of a random kid performing on the streets. Since then, I've got to know his story and more importantly, found out that he's a great person as well as a great student. Today I had @questlove roll up on @d9rius for a impromptu jam session. And afterwards, Questo gave him a drum set! #upliftingyouth

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Me and @blackthought couldn't resist and jumped in to perform with @d9rius & @questlove

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“What we do every day onstage, there’s lights, there’s lots of other musicians, there’s an audience, there’s a microphone and mic stands — layers of the onion we have to kind of hide behind,” Black Thought told the Times-Picayune of Lindsley. “So for him to come out here, it’s the ultimate vulnerability. It’s all him. We have to applaud this young man.”

The teen later revealed on social media that Questlove gave him a drum set, and thanked the Roots drummer for the gift. As Lindsley’s aunt, Veronica Clement, told the Times-Picayune, that drum set is actually the teen’s first real drum kit.

Dreams do come true..

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“He taught himself to beat the bucket, so it actually was a new experience for him to be on the drums,” she said. “The little impromptu session you saw him doing, that was their surprise to him.”

The young drummer’s aunt also told the paper that Common’s management team reached out to the family prior to the meeting “and they came…and started a documentary” with Lindsley.

Questlove and Black Thought, meanwhile, were in New Orleans over the weekend for a performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival with Usher on Saturday. Offbeat Magazine, a local arts publication, called the Usher/Roots mashup the “day’s greatest collaboration” thanks to the Roots’ funk-inspired backing of Usher’s usual R&B-laden tracks.