Born Ahmir Khalib Thompson, he is the drummer for the hip-hop band The Roots, known for such albums as Things Fall Apart, Phrenology and The Tipping Point. The Roots also became the house band on Late Night with
He attended Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, where he was classmates with future Roots co-founder
His father Lee Andrews was the frontman for the 1950's doo-wop group Lee Andrews & the Hearts.
He acted in multiple skits on the Dave Chappelle TV series Chappelle's Show and also made an appearance in the 2006 film Dave Chappelle's Block Party.