Ali Shaheed Muhammad appears in the following:
Thursday, November 12, 2015
"I'm telling the fans what I'm trying to tell myself because nobody was telling me at the time," says the rapper, who hails from Maryland.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
"It's liberating to realize you have the freedom to make mistakes. You have the time," says the Pittsburgh rapper, who lifted himself out of a dark period. "Because you're so small."
Wednesday, September 02, 2015
Masta Ace had his first drink at a Cold Chillin' Christmas party. He began his career surrounded by the greats, and he continues to push himself to operate on a higher level.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
"In Flushing, Queens, where I came from, we're right down the block from this fair, the Globe. Something about that town, it's just Olympic, Olympiad kind of a — we wanted to jump the highest."
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
One of the foremost architects of New York rap has been decorating this planet since the late '80s.
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
The Long Beach, Calif., rapper made his debut album, Summertime '06, so that people who hear it will know how he felt then. "That's when we understood the power we had in fear," he says.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
The musician and NPR host on his motives, his rituals, Lucy Pearl and his one regret.
Tuesday, June 09, 2015
We spoke to the rapper, producer and head of Awful Records, while we were in Atlanta in May. Our onstage conversation was brief but covered a lot of ground fast.
Tuesday, June 09, 2015
Christopher Barnes and Ieva Berberian perform "252" live at Boston's Berklee College of Music, their alma mater.
Wednesday, June 03, 2015
We went to Atlanta to talk to the three-man production team behind some of the greatest songs ever: Ray Murray, Rico Wade and Sleepy Brown.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
We put our legendary co-host in the hot seat and he spoke on how he evaluates music, how his faith influences his work ethic and how much he cares about getting credit. And that's just the first half.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Once he was an aspiring rapper, now he represents Ali, Earl Sweatshirt, Vince Staples and the estate of Biggie Smalls. He's also worked with Michael Jackson, Prince and Stevie Wonder.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
The Texas rapper's experiences as, at once, a member of an all-girl posse, the only woman in the room and a person strangers underestimate are fundamental to her formidable style.
Monday, April 13, 2015
"It's when you step out of the community that you get to look at it through a lens where you might be able to help," says the Queens rapper. "But then you're so far out of it, how do you get back in?"
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
"This is the first thing that I've said that I fully stand behind," the 21-year-old rapper says of his new album. "I've never been this transparent with myself or with music."
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
The pillar of New York's ASAP Mob speaks about his aesthetic choices, the way he imagines our far off future and what he's learned from Missy Elliott.
Monday, March 09, 2015
Steinberg began managing Tupac Shakur in the late '80s and stepped away from that role in 1993. She didn't manage another musician for almost 20 years, until she started working with Earl Sweatshirt.
Monday, March 02, 2015
"I made a promise to myself," says the Detroit rapper. "I would never ever not follow my heart again. That way if I rise or fall, sink or swim, it's by my own choice and my own decisions."
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
The producer and multi-instrumentalist on the Kendrick Lamar album he's working on, Snoop and love.
Friday, January 30, 2015
After 24 years in the music business, the producer and rapper from Compton, Calif., knows what's going on. He told Microphone Check studio secrets, a Rick James story, and all about the funk.