Ali Shaheed Muhammad

Ali Shaheed Muhammad appears in the following:

Logic: 'Do Something For Yourself'

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.


Mac Miller: 'It's OK To Feel Yourself'

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."


Masta Ace: 'I'm Still Trying To Prove Myself'

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.


Large Professor, Part 2: 'I Really Live Through This Music'

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."


Large Professor, Part 1: 'We're Living In The World of Hip-Hop'

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

One of the foremost architects of New York rap has been decorating this planet since the late '80s.


Vince Staples: 'My Job Is To Keep My Sanity'

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.


Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Part 2: 'We Still Have The Forgotten People'

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The musician and NPR host on his motives, his rituals, Lucy Pearl and his one regret.


Microphone Check Live: Father

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.


Front Row: Gem Club, '252'

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Christopher Barnes and Ieva Berberian perform "252" live at Boston's Berklee College of Music, their alma mater.


Microphone Check Live: Organized Noize

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.


Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Part 1: 'I Walk A Different Walk'

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.


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.


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.


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?"


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."


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.


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.


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."


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.


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.