Ali Shaheed Muhammad

Ali Shaheed Muhammad appears in the following:

YG: 'I Gave Y'All What I Seen'

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Los Angeles rapper tells Microphone Check the true stories behind his debut album and the rise of his partner, DJ Mustard.


Pete Rock: 'Real Could Be Another Word For Original'

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

"I met James Brown as a kid. I was seven years old," says the renowned producer. "I wasn't the same since."


Stephanie Kwolek, Chemist Who Created Kevlar, Dies At 90

Friday, June 20, 2014

Kwolek, a DuPont scientist, invented the remarkable fibers — lightweight, flexible and five times stronger than steel — that are used around the world in bulletproof body armor.


Ab-Soul: 'It's A Lot'

Friday, June 20, 2014

The most philosophical member of Top Dawg Entertainment in a Microphone Check conversation about Ab's high expectations of his audience and what he's trying to make for them.


Mannie Fresh DJ Set: 'We Bounced Everything'

Thursday, May 29, 2014

At the close of Microphone Check's onstage conversation with the producer and DJ, he took to the decks to demonstrate what he meant when he said, "When I want you to understand something, I remix it."


Inside The XXL Freshmen Issue

Saturday, May 10, 2014

This week the hip-hop magazine revealed its annual cover highlighting new acts, which prompted the usual avalanche of debate over the artists featured, those absent and the state of the genre.


Freddie Gibbs: 'I Think I'm The Best Rapper'

Thursday, May 08, 2014

The rapper from Gary, Ind., moved to L.A. 10 years ago, where he met Madlib, a producer revered for his collaborations. The two of them have now made an album Gibbs thinks can't be touched.


Nas: 'I'm Still Charged' 20 Years After 'Illmatic'

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The maker of a hip-hop classic on his audience, the next generation and how his anniversary is inspiring a new album.


E-40: 'I'm On The West Coast, Eating'

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

The Bay Area legend is widely known for creating slang, flouting the rules and knowing everybody from everywhere. He speaks about his long career, Master P, Lil Jon, T-Pain, Tupac and Too Short.

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Straight Outta Chevy Chase

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

From boom bap to EDM, we look at the line between hip-hop and not, and meet a defender of the genre that makes you question... who's in and who's out.

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ScHoolboy Q: 'I Call Myself All-American'

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The 27-year-old Los Angeles rapper has done it all and, like the rest of us, knows he's not perfect. In a Microphone Check interview, he's thoughtful about his past and his new album, Oxymoron.


Starlito And Don Trip: Writers First, Rappers Second

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Tennessee musicians on where they come from, their definition of trap music and relationships, both working and romantic.


What We Talked About When We Talked About Hip-Hop In 2013

Friday, December 06, 2013

We all listen to music differently. What we hear is shaded by our history, our knowledge, our equipment, our mood, our taste. But every year there are moments when everybody who lives and breathes hip-hop is on the same subject.


Eight Million Stories: Hip-Hop In 1993

Monday, November 11, 2013

For a special episode of Microphone Check we invited Prince Paul, Mike Dean, Faith Newman, Stretch Armstrong and Ralph McDaniels — all working in hip-hop 20 years ago — to tell stories about a singularly productive and creative year in the culture.


Marley Marl On The Bridge Wars, LL Cool J And Discovering Sampling

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The seminal producer also tells stories about Mr. Magic, Pete Rock, Big Daddy Kane and Biz Markie.


Goodie Mob On Hip-Hop Made By And For Adults

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The high-minded Atlanta quartet has reunited 18 years after its debut album and seven years after Cee-Lo Green's pop smash "Crazy."


Prodigy On Mobb Deep's Early Days And Protecting His Success

Monday, July 08, 2013

After more than 20 years as a performer, the New York veteran says he's enjoying the unglamorous work of building a record label.


Mike Dean On Working With Selena, Scarface And Kanye

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The producer and engineer helped create the Dirty South sound in the early '90s, and now, he says, "Me and Kanye are like a band."


J. Cole On Competition And Writing Honest Songs

Sunday, June 23, 2013

The rapper and producer spoke to Microphone Check about the pressures of competing against one of his idols, putting his own spin on classic hip-hop songs and finding songs to sample everywhere, even at the Cheesecake Factory.


Statik Selektah On Boom Bap And His Mom's Favorite Rapper

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The DJ and producer spoke to Microphone Check about his fifth album and giving his childhood to hip-hop.