Questlove spoke during the A.S.C.A.P.’s I Create Music Expo on Friday and dropped gems as well as provided some insightful information. He also opened up about a dark time in his life that may shock many fans.

The drummer revealed that he took an unofficial music hiatus following the passing of his close friend and legendary producer, J Dilla. When he passed away that really hit me super hard. I stopped making music. Unless it was a Roots album, I pretty much had stopped working and collaborating with other people,” he said.

On a lighter note, Questlove spoke about his friend’s genius music ability. He said, “the music god that music gods and music experts and music lovers worship,” praised Quest.

J Dilla was one of a kind had generated hits for the likes of Janet Jackson, Erykah Badu, Ghostface Killah during the span of his career. He’s missed dearly.