Questlove let his pen flow in a heartfelt tribute to The Roots’ late manager and longtime collaborator, Richard Nichols. After Nichols passed away from leukemia on July 17, Quest took to Vulture to compose an obituary on the man Quest describes as one of one.
“There is no declaration or testimony big enough to fill the life of Rich,” he writes. “But there is a simple statement, and this is it: There is only one Richard Nichols. I know what ya’ll are thinking: “There is only one of each of us.” But it’s truer than true in this case.”
Quest also reminisces on the days The Roots had to convince Nichols’ of their talent and said that his memory would live on throughout each of the band’s members.
“In Rich’s absence, we’ll go on. What can we do but go on? But we won’t let the world be without him,” he continued.
“We’ll keep his mind and spirit alive in our own minds and spirits. Rich was loved, is loved, will always be loved. He will live on in me, in Black Thought, in the rest of the Roots, and in every artist and project he touched.”
Read the full tribute here.