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Ali Shaheed Muhammad

Ali Shaheed Muhammad appears in the following:

Industry Rules No. 1-4079: A Conversation With Lawyer Julian Petty

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.

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Amber London: 'I'ma Show You How It's Done'

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.

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Heems: 'If Someone's Got To Do It, It Should Be Me'

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?"

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Earl Sweatshirt: 'I'm Grown'

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."

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ASAP Ferg: 'I Want This Moment To Last Forever'

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.

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Leila Steinberg: 'With Earl, It's A Journey'

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.

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Big Sean: 'I Stuck With My Gut'

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."

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Terrace Martin: 'Everything Got A Little Bit Of Funk In It'

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The producer and multi-instrumentalist on the Kendrick Lamar album he's working on, Snoop and love.

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DJ Quik: 'Flamboyant? Every Now And Then'

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.

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AraabMuzik: 'I Have So Much Music, It Doesn't Make Sense'

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Rhode Island-born producer and DJ tells the story of the father/son talk he once had with Cam'ron, delineates EDM and hip-hop and calls out the whole music industry for being flaky.

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Black Milk: 'It's Not Really A Cakewalk'

Thursday, January 08, 2015

"Whatever I feel like is missing, or whatever type of track or energy I'm trying to feel or I feel like I'm not hearing in wherever music is at that period of time, I try to create it."

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When You Gotta Go: Manila Police Asked To Use Diapers During Pope's Visit

Thursday, January 08, 2015

The city's "traffic enforcers" will be on duty for up to 24 hours at a stretch during the pontiff's visit, with no time to run to the toilet.

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J. Cole: 'Ain't Enough Of Us Trying'

Friday, December 12, 2014

"I want to get whatever's on my chest off my chest when it feels right," says the rapper, who makes songs that turn the personal into the political.

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After Nut Rumpus, Macadamia Sales Rocket

Thursday, December 11, 2014

After a Korean Air executive was enraged by a steward's presentation of macadamia nuts in her first-class cabin, a large South Korean market reports an unlikely side effect.

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Rick Ross: 'It Was Just So Powerful To Me'

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

"What really blowed my mind was the way it unified a room full of people," says the Miami rapper, about his earliest memories of hip-hop. "That's what we all have in common."

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Straight Out Of Chevy Chase

Wednesday, November 05, 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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Dante Ross: 'We Wanted Our Own Universe'

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

He who signed De La Soul, Queen Latifah and Digital Underground sat down with his old friend Ali Shaheed Muhammad to tell stories about Tribe, ODB, Cypress Hill and everybody in between.

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Andre 3000: 'You Can Do Anything From Atlanta'

Friday, September 26, 2014

"The best way to represent the places where you from is be yourself, completely," says the musician and actor.

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Microphone Check Live: The Stories Of The Notorious B.I.G.

Monday, September 22, 2014

On Sunday, Sept. 14, 20 years and one day after Biggie Smalls' debut album Ready to Die was released, we gathered four of the musician's friends in Brooklyn to recall the man they knew.

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Joell Ortiz: 'I Refuse To Compromise Me'

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Brooklyn rapper spoke to Microphone Check about the music business, the old neighborhood, the kids and a theoretical campaign to be Mayor of New York City.

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