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Ali Shaheed Muhammad

Ali Shaheed Muhammad appears in the following:

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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Souls Of Mischief: 'It's Like Catching Lightning In A Bottle'

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The Oakland group most widely known for the ageless "93 'til Infinity" has made a new concept album based on a true story. To make it, they went old school.

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The Underachievers: 'We're Still Young'

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

"Now is the time that I'm actually thinking of myself as a musician," says Issa. "Things are hitting me like, 'Oh, damn, you have this responsibility.'"

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Out, Out, Damned Ebola: Liberia Is Obsessed With Hand Washing

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

There are two camps in Monrovia. The hand washers. And the skeptics who don't believe in Ebola — or in the public health message that scrubbing hands is an effective way of keeping the virus at bay.

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Cormega: 'I Just Want To Be A Soldier For My Culture'

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The New York rapper on the music industry — from sitting on the shelf, to refusing deals, posthumous releases to sales expectations — music journalism and taking risks, personal and professional.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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