Face it. The life of a rapper is more interesting than your life.
Luckily, we can live vicariously through hip-hop stars with the magic of social photography. So here they are, for the hip-hop fan and the photo snob in all of us.
(In this occasional series, we'll scour Instagram feeds of influential people so you don't have to. We'll judge them on their merits and report back about who doesn't suck.)
L.A.'s own Jonathan Park, known as "Dumbfoundead," uses Instagram to document his city and life on tour. NPR recently profiled Park for the Code Switch series.
Here's one of his music videos, 24KTOWN, filmed as Park raps his way through Koreatown:
Tyler Okonma, known as "Tyler, the Creator," documents skate culture with an eye for color. Okonma's humor comes through in his Instagrams. Check out a picture of him kissing a cow.
Then there are photographers who have become part of the rap world. Seattle-based photographer Avi Loud has documented the city's hip-hop scene from the stage and studio to everyday life.
Jay B Dee films music videos for rap artists like Trinidad James.
Mike Schrieber went from taking pictures of celebrities for a photo agency to getting in with the hip-hop world. He photographed Lil' Wayne as a teenager. VICE interviewed Schrieber about how he got his start. You can follow him on Instagram, where he posts a lot of photos of his juice regimen.
Featured Instagrammers from the rap world:
Avi Loud @aviloud
Hasan Salaam @hasansalaam
Jay B Dee @whereisjbd
Pharoahe Monch @warmonkey
Tyler, the Creator @feliciathegoat