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"I’m Worn Down, Man."

It’s just past midnight on Dec. 7, and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, drenched in sweat, lumbers down the stairs from the stage at New York City’s Highline Ballroom, one step at a time. His cymbal-shattering drum solo just put an exclamation point on The Roots’ raucous, one-and-a-half hour set, to commemorate the release of their 13th studio album, Undun. Questlove has a thriving Afro atop his hefty 6’4” frame, and as he reaches the bottom of the stairs, he lets out a deep sigh, gives me a pound, and says, “I’m worn down, man.” The pacesetter and de facto ringleader of The Roots has, to his credit, had one hell of a day.

And thus begins Marlow Stern’s 2500-word day with Questlove.