Questlove’s father, Lee Andrews, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 79, and Questlove took to Instagram to pen a beautiful open letter to his father after his loss.
In the letter, Questlove called his father “the Greatest Teacher in my life” and went on to thank him for all the moments in their lives but especially “for the last 2 conversations we had.”
“I understand why you were so hard on me praying I didn’t succumb to a fate not meant for a teenager in west Philly in the mid 80s,” he wrote. “I didn’t understand it at the time. But I appreciate it now.”
Lee was best known as the lead singer for Lee Andrews and The Hearts, the Philly Duwop group that rose to success in the late 1950’s.
Read the touching tribute below:
The Greatest Teacher in my life, my dad Lee Andrews June 2nd 1936-March 16 2016. I love you. For every backstage experience. For every drum lesson. For giving me your tireless work ethic. For our father & son record binging expeditions. For our arguments over the summer I discovered #ItTakesANationOfMillions. For the look on your face when I told you "imma give this rap thing a try" (I waited til our 2nd album to have this convo btw) For the look on your face 5 years later when I told you "you don't have to work no more. For the look on your face when a year later I was like "Seriously dad, you don't have to work anymore!" For bringing my mom & my sister into my life. For the years we fell out. For the years we put it back together. But really, for the last 2 conversations we had. I understand why you were so hard on me praying I didn't succumb to a fate not meant for a teenager in west philly in the mid 80s. I didn't understand it at the time. But I appreciate it now. I hope Donn & I do you proud. #LeeAndrewsAndTheHearts