Questlove says he stopped making music after J Dilla’s death

“Unless it was a Roots album, I pretty much had stopped working and collaborating with other people.”

May 04, 2019
Questlove says he stopped making music after J Dilla’s death Questlove and ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams speak onstage during 'Creative Quest: Questlove in Conversation with Paul Williams' at The 2019 ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO - Day 2 at Loews Hollywood Hotel on May 03, 2019 in Hollywood, California.  

At yesterday's ASCAP "I Create Music" expo, Questlove revealed he was unable to make music following the passing of J Dilla, who died from lupus complications in 2006, according to Billboard. “When he passed away that really hit me super hard,” Questlove said during his on-stage conversation with ASCAP chairman Paul Williams. “I stopped making music. Unless it was a Roots album, I pretty much had stopped working and collaborating with other people.”

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He went on to talk more about Dilla's work ethic, which he says involved waking at 6 a.m., listening to hours worth of music before working on his own, and what working alongside him was like. "My position in life is I am in the passenger’s seat for a lot of great moments," he explained. "Being in the passenger’s seat watching J Dilla at his zenith, at his most creative ever....and creating D’Angelo’s Voodoo album with him for those five years.... that to me was that moment."


Questlove says he stopped making music after J Dilla’s death