Ali Shaheed Muhammad

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Dante Ross: 'We Wanted Our Own Universe'

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Dante Ross, A&R man extraordinaire, keeper of stories about everyone from ODB to De La Soul to Cypress Hill, the Beastie Boys, Queen Latifah and Pete Rock, sat down with Microphone Check to remember the old days and stare down the present.




Andre 3000: 'You Can Do Anything From Atlanta'

Friday, September 26, 2014

Andre 3000 — née André Benjamin, sometimes Three Stacks and always one half of the mighty OutKast — sat down with Microphone Check hosts Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley before a screening of the just-released Jimi Hendrix biopic in which he stars. He spoke about his current work with ...


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, Microphone Check gathered four of the musician's friends in Brooklyn to recall the man they knew.

Hubert Sam went to elementary school with Chris Wallace and was his very first DJ. ...


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, staying in the studio, the appeal of supergroups, the kids and a theoretical campaign to be Mayor of New York City.

ALI SHAHEED MUHAMMAD: Joell Ortiz, what up?

JOELL ORTIZ: What's up? How y'all feeling, man?



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

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Souls of Mischief, the Oakland group most widely known for the ageless "93 'til Infinity," is, in many ways, the best of us. They are compassionate and kind and loose and sharp. They are artists. They work together. The quartet has long been intertwined with A Tribe Called ...


The Underachievers: 'We're Still Young'

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A rap duo from New York City is being talked about as a continuation of the golden era of hip-hop — a time in the late '80s and early '90s when groups made songs that noted police brutality, elevated conversation and filled dance floors. Issa and AK are at a ...


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

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

"I feel like Lady MacBeth, constantly scrubbing my hands," says Nurith Aizenman, global health correspondent for NPR. She arrived in Liberia this week as part of a team covering the Ebola outbreak. In the capital of Monrovia, hand washing is an obsession, not just for her but for many of ...


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

Thursday, July 31, 2014

20 years ago, Nas mentioned his friend Cormega on a song called "One Love," which was composed as a letter to someone in prison: "Night time is more trife than ever / What up with Cormega? Did you see him? Are y'all together? / If so then hold ...


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

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Los Angeles rapper spoke to Microphone Check co-hosts Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley about his early days playing house parties all over the county, DJ Mustard's start, his friendship with ScHoolboy Q and how his mother yelling at him ended up on his debut album.



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

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

The renowned producer attributes his creativity to another legend: "I was musically charged, man. I had some adrenaline going on then. I'm serious, ever since I — I think after I met James Brown as a kid. I was seven years old," says Pete Rock. "I wasn't the same since."



Stephanie Kwolek, Chemist Who Created Kevlar, Dies At 90

Friday, June 20, 2014

Stephanie Kwolek, a DuPont chemist who invented the synthetic fibers used in Kevlar body armor, has died at the age of 90, her colleagues said Friday.

A fellow chemist told The Associated Press that Kwolek died Wednesday at a Wilmington, Del., hospital following a brief illness. Kwolek was a groundbreaking ...


Ab-Soul: 'It's A Lot'

Friday, June 20, 2014

Ab-Soul, the most philosophical member of the by now vaunted Top Dawg Entertainment, met Microphone Check hosts Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley in Los Angeles two weeks before the release of his latest album, called These Days ... After only one listen to the album, the three of them ...


Mannie Fresh DJ Set: 'We Bounced Everything'

Thursday, May 29, 2014

In the middle of our live interview with Mannie Fresh at NPR's headquarters in D.C., Ali asked Mannie how he approaches DJing — does he play what he wants to hear? Or does he feed the crowd? "When I want you to understand something, I remix it," Mannie ...


Inside The XXL Freshmen Issue

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Since 2008 XXL Magazine has put out an annual issue highlighting new acts that the editors predict will go on to impact hip-hop — the music and the industry. In the beginning, the 10 musicians chosen for the cover of that issue were called the Leaders of the New School. ...


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

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Freddie Gibbs moved away from his hometown of Gary, Ind., more than 10 years ago. He went to L.A., where he became friends with Madlib, the producer revered for his work in The Lootpack, as a solo artist under the name Quasimoto, for that time


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

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

On April 19, 1994, Columbia Records released the debut album of a 20-year-old from Queensbridge Houses in New York City. It was deft, wise, deadly serious and matched the babyface with unparalleled promise to beats made by the era's preeminent producers.

Two decades after Illmatic, Nas sat down with Microphone ...


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

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

E-40, from Northern California, is widely known for creating slang, flouting the rules and knowing everybody from everywhere. 40 spoke with Microphone Check hosts Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley about Lil Jon, T-Pain, Tupac and Too Short. They started their conversation talking business and in particular, the model that ...

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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 Los Angeles rapper has lived a lot of life in his 27 years. "I call myself All-American," he says. "I done been an athlete, a gang member, drug dealer. I done been a kid that was kind of living on the fortunate side when my mama was starting to ...


Starlito And Don Trip: Writers First, Rappers Second

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Back in 2011 two rappers from Tennessee, Starlito and Don Trip, made a mixtape called Step Brothers. They were rhyming over original production and had sprinkled clips from the Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly movie of the same name throughout the tape. Step Brothers outperformed everything the two of ...