May 14, 2012


Watch: A Day in the Life with Questlove

Questlove, the afro-sporting drummer for Philadelphia hip hop collective the Roots, has a very active career in music. In fact, it's safe to say that, yes, music is this dude's life. And in a new Hulu video, you can tag along and get an inside look at a day in the life of Questlove. Watch above!

So what's a typical day like for the 41-year-old man born Ahmir Khalib Thompson? Very, very busy. He's up at 8:30 A.M. working out with his personal trainer, then he checks in with his personal chef (it's a hard knock life, okay?) and heads to work at NBC's Studio 6B at 30 Rockefeller Center (30 Rock!), where the Roots play as the house band on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Later that night, Questlove gets his hair braided, loses a chicken cook off and then crosses the bridge into Brooklyn, where he DJs at a bowling alley in the hipster-inundated 'hood of Williamsburg. It's the DJ gig that's particularly transcendent for the drummer: 

"I'm learning now that as an artist full immersed in this lifestyle, you gotta get into something to help you cope with your job," he explains. "Some people's path of overindulgence is the drugs, the booze, the women. Plain and simple: DJing is my cocaine."

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