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ali shaheed muhammad
3 July, 2014 12:59 am

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.” The man who made “T.R.O.Y.” [cont.]

21 June, 2014 4:22 am

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 had a conversation about Ab’s [cont.]

29 May, 2014 7:27 pm

From NPR: “Mannie Fresh, the legendary New Orleans producer and DJ, was our guest for the first live episode of Microphone Check. We taped at NPR’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. at the end of May, and the conversation was predictably warm, sharp and funny. Mannie regaled the crowd with stories about Cash Money Records, the [cont.]

8 May, 2014 4:38 pm

Freddie Gibbs moved away from his hometown of Gary, Indiana, 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 Blue Note Records let him do whatever he wanted in [cont.]

23 April, 2014 8:47 am

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 Check for a conversation that [cont.]

4 February, 2014 10:17 am

Four or five years ago Microphone Check co-host Ali Shaheed Muhammad told Danny Brown that he’s the hip-hop Richard Pryor. “And I got it, too: making things funny that don’t supposed to be funny,” says Brown. “It’s like putting the pill in the pudding.” Since then Brown has released three albums under his own name [cont.]

29 January, 2014 2:46 pm

In the 3rd episode of OkayPlayer’s special Tribe Edition of “The Questions” Ali Shaheed-Muhammad tells us why Twitter gave him a “serenity now!” moment, and gives exclusive information on a new project with Adrian Younge.

21 March, 2013 5:18 am

Rolling Stone reports that Q-Tip will “sprinkle his album” – The Last Zulu, due next Spring on G.O.O.D. Music / Def Jam – with individual appearances from his A Tribe Called Quest family, including Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Jarobi. “I’ll probably get them on my album,” Q-Tip said at the Foundation for Ethnic [cont.]

23 February, 2012 6:02 pm

Lecture: Ali Shaheed Muhammad (Los Angeles 2012) from Red Bull Music Academy on Vimeo. Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest, The Ummah and Lucy Pearl fame sits down on the Red Bull Music Academy’s interview couch. This lecture was held as part of Boombox’s 5th annual celebration of the life and music of [cont.]

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