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Questlove Explains The Roots' Carly Rae Jepsen Collabo on "Fallon"

The Roots' drummer talks covering "Call Me Maybe" on toy instruments
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The most adorable video to hit the Internet this last week was undoubtedly that Kindergarten-style cover of "Call Me Maybe" by the Roots, Carly Rae Jepsen and Jimmy Fallon. So when Fuse chopped it up with Questlove at Bonnaroo, we had to get the story behind that unexpected collabo. Here's what he had to say.

"When we finally booked [Carly Rae Jepsen] on [Late Night with Jimmy Fallon], Jimmy and one of the writers said, 'Why don't we do something silly, like a video in which we're sitting in the classroom playing toy instruments?'

"We learned the song in ten minutes. Of course I wasn't playing the drums, I was playing a kazoo and a flute that apparently I forgot which end to play it on. I failed in my debut as a flautist. That's what makes the show fun—that show allows us to embrace our inner 13 year old."

To hear Questlove talk about Rebecca Black's "Friday" ("I thought it was a sketch… I didn't know it was a real song"), watch the video above. To hear Questo explain why hip hop has become "your parents music" and "the establishment," watch this interview. And head over here to see the Best Photos from Bonnaroo 2012, in addition to our complete coverage (interviews, pics and news) from the Tennessee music fest. 

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