Ali Shaheed Muhammad appears in the following:
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Friday, April 08, 2016
Friday, April 01, 2016
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
The artist and thinker, who just released a new album that's only one part of a larger multimedia conception, takes us from the drummers of Burundi to Adam Ant, Octavia Butler to David Bowie, Rakim to Young Thug. We also hit on ageism in rap, artistry for sale and how ...
Friday, February 05, 2016
Crown Heights came to North Hollywood so we could talk about crossed signals on the highways between artist and industry. We also got into rap performance, being superstitious about writing, being not great about networking and this feeling: "I felt like I was too smart to do a record and ...
Monday, January 11, 2016
New father Freddie Gibbs spoke with Microphone Check about his inspirations, including the memoirs of Rick James and George Clinton, his business acumen, what the war in the streets is really about and, of course, Gucci.
FRANNIE KELLEY: We're really excited to talk to you after another album.
FREDDIE GIBBS: ...
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
The Virginia Beach denizen spoke to Microphone Check about the reverse troll he laid on Def Jam with Darkest Before Dawn, what it's like to go back and forth with Puffy, the fallacies of textbooks, the perils of ignoring the youth and where he's going with King Push.
ALI SHAHEED ...
Thursday, November 12, 2015
The rapper, who hails from Maryland but now resides in the Los Angeles area, came through to talk about the road to his second album, The Incredible True Story, fending off critics and the language he uses to to remind himself of his blessings and his possibilities.
ALI SHAHEED MUHAMMAD: ...
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Mac Miller met us in LA, which he had recently left. Ali and Mac have known each other for some time, so this interview was a chance for them to reconnect on the other side of some months of internal turmoil and growth the Pittsburgh rapper had to get through. ...
Wednesday, September 02, 2015
Masta Ace had his first drink at a Cold Chillin' Christmas party. This was after he graduated from the University of Rhode Island. The national popularity of "Born to Roll" in the mid-'90s — and an amount of drama related to tensions between the coasts at that time — was ...
Thursday, August 20, 2015
This is the second half of Microphone Check's interview last year with producer and rapper Large Professor. You can listen to and read part one here. Part two covers the making of Illmatic, Paul C's role and Ali's favorite Extra P lines.
ALI SHAHEED MUHAMMAD: Can I go ...
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Last spring, way back in 2014, we sat down with Large Professor, partly on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Illmatic but mostly because he's the reason for much of the New York rap we both love so much.
MUHAMMAD: The Extra P.
LARGE PROFESSOR: Yes, sir....
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Vince Staples made his debut album, Summertime '06, so that people who hear it will know how he felt then, as a young teenager in Long Beach, Calif. "That's when we understood the power we had in fear," he says. "Because it's either they're scared of you or they're better ...
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
This is the second special edition of Microphone Check, the back half of an interview that put one of our hosts in the hot seat. You can listen to and read part one here. Part two alternates between light-hearted and heavy, and though it was taped in May, ...
Tuesday, June 09, 2015
Tuesday, June 09, 2015
Wednesday, June 03, 2015
On May 18th Microphone Check went to Atlanta to interview the three-man production team behind some of the greatest songs ever: every one on Outkast's Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, every one on Goodie Mob's Soul Food, TLC's "Waterfalls," En Vogue's "Don't Let Go," deep cuts and big hits everywhere. The people who came ...
Thursday, May 28, 2015
FRANNIE KELLEY: This is Microphone Check, hip-hop from NPR Music. I'm Frannie Kelley.
ALI SHAHEED MUHAMMAD: I'm Ali Shaheed Muhammad.
KELLEY: And Ali is our guest for today.
MUHAMMAD: I was gonna say, "Who's our special guest?"
KELLEY: It's you, bro.
MUHAMMAD: What up, world?
MUHAMMAD: In Austin, you mentioned ...
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
The following should not be construed as legal advice — just good advice. We asked Julian Petty, who represents Ali, Earl Sweatshirt, Vince Staples and the estate of Biggie Smalls — and at one time worked with Michael Jackson, Prince and Stevie Wonder — to come see us at Microphone ...