Microphone Check is a voice for hip-hop at NPR. We cover the music and the culture with knowledge, heart and experience. Conversations are hosted by Ali Shaheed Muhammad, DJ, producer and one-third of the legendary group A Tribe Called Quest, and NPR Music editor Frannie Kelley.

Microphone Check is a voice for hip-hop at NPR. We cover the music and the culture with knowledge, heart and experience. Conversations are hosted by Ali Shaheed Muhammad, DJ, producer and one-third of the legendary group A Tribe Called Quest, and NPR Music editor Frannie Kelley. Show more

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

Published Wed, 03 Sep 2014 13:14:38 -0700

The Oakland group most widely known for the ageless "93 'til Infinity" has made a new concept album based on a true story. To ...

The Underachievers: 'We're Still Young'

Published Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:23:32 -0700

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

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

Published Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:33:25 -0700

The New York rapper on the music industry — from sitting on the shelf, to refusing deals, posthumous releases to sales ...

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

Published Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:03:20 -0700

The Los Angeles rapper tells Microphone Check the true stories behind his debut album and the rise of his partner, DJ Mustard.

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

Published Tue, 01 Jul 2014 14:32:51 -0700

"I met James Brown as a kid. I was seven years old," says the renowned producer. "I wasn't the same since."