The influential hip-hop artist revealed in an interview with AOL's Spinner that the duo is indeed planning to work together. The group is "definitely going to happen," the drummer said. No name for the group has been confirmed, however, ?uesto disclosed that the singer has been in the lab with producer Salaam Remi, who worked on Winehouse's breakout album Back to Black. The drummer gushed that the resulting work is "amazing."
While Winehouse has apparently touched base with Remi, ?uesto said that getting face time in the studio with the star has become an issue because of the embattled soul singer's immigration issues. "It's just that we have to work overtime to get her visa situation together. The closest she can come to the States is Jamaica." Static with immigration has caused the singer to cancel U.S. tour dates in the past. The star also ended up accepting her Grammy Awards via satellite in 2008 due to visa problems.
But even if Winehouse can't make it across the pond, ?uesto said he'll try to speak with the Grammy-winning star in Europe. "I'll be in France for four, five days, so I'll see if she's up for discussing this over dinner." In the meantime, the stars are chopping it up over the Internet. "We've been Skype-ing the sh-- out of each other."
This is not ?uestlove's first time at the supergroup rodeo. He has also been at the center of the Soulquarians, an evolving collective that has included many of the drummer's game-changing peers such as Erykah Badu, Common, Mos Def and D'Angelo.
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