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Questlove of The Roots Is So Much Better at Instagram Than You

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Questlove's Instagram feed is a glorious thing, and when I'm not inanely taking pictures of trees in my neighborhood, I justify my being a part of Instagram by looking at Questlove's photos.

When Questlove posts a picture of his friends hanging out, they're Fred Armisen, Chris Rock, and Tyler the Creator. His "day at the office photos" feature Jim James rocking a saxophone and Beyoncé and Solange Knowles casually dancing around. His selfies are works of art, his beard and fro immaculately flowing in all directions at once. (Yeah, he can get away with that pick in his hair.) When he posts a picture of his food, it's no mere burger at some hip new organic bistro; it's a 19-course meal of sushi prepared by Jiro Ono, the ancient sushi master featured in the 2011 documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, and the photos are accompanied by lyrical, flowing sentences:

"This was my life's path before me: a man whose tireless work ethic and drive in pursuit of perfection. I tell people all the time the ultimate occupation is the one you are willing to wake up at four a.m. for and go to bed at 3:59 a.m. with no complaints. It's about artistry and commitment to a craft. It's about how a human hides his pain and redirects it to a work of art."
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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.