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NPR Music's 'Microphone Check' Presents '8 Million Stories; Hip Hop in 1993'


Panel at New York's Ace Hotel Features Ghostface Killah, Prince Paul, Ralph McDaniels, Faith Newman & Mike Dean

Special DJ Set From A Tribe Called Quest Member & Microphone Check" Co-Host Ali Shaheed Muhammad

Over the 12 months of 1993, the Wu-Tang Clan, Snoop Dogg, A Tribe Called Quest, Queen Latifah, Tupac Shakur and more than a dozen other rap groups all released albums that helped change the sound of America. Twenty years later, NPR Music's Microphone Check presents an evening of stories about this singularly productive and creative year in hip-hop culture. On Wednesday, September 25 at 7PM (ET), "8 Million Stories: Hip-Hop in 1993" gathers together key figures and witnesses of rap music in 1993 to reminisce, reveal and laugh. Free tickets to the event at Ace Hotel's Liberty Hall in New York are limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis; for information on how to attend follow @NPRHipHop.

Microphone Check co-host and NPR Music editor Frannie Kelley moderates a panel that includes Mike Dean, producer and engineer for Rap-A-Lot Records and frequent Kanye West collaborator; Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah; Ralph McDaniels, video director and host of the influential cable access show Video Music Box; Faith Newman, former A&R at Columbia Records who signed Nas; and Prince Paul, producer and DJ who worked with De La Soul. In addition to firsthand insights and anecdotes from these luminaries, attendees will be treated to a slideshow of (sometimes embarrassing) throwback photos. Wrapping the night will be a special DJ set from Ali Shaheed Muhammad, co-host of NPR Music's Microphone Check and member of A Tribe Called Quest (which released landmark album Midnight Marauders in '93).

The "8 Million Stories: Hip-Hop in 1993" event is part of the yearlong NPR Music series Hip-Hop's Golden Year. An edited version of the conversation will be made available at as an episode of Microphone Check. NPR Music's Microphone Check offers audiences commentary on hip-hop and interviews with its leading artists, as well as a 24/7 music stream that plays the full breadth of rap music.

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NPR Music Event – 8 Million Stories: Hip-Hop in 1993
Microphone Check co-hosts Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelly present an evening of stories about hip-hop's golden year featuring panelists Mike Dean, Ghostface Killah, Ralph McDaniels, Faith Newman and Prince Paul. A DJ set from Shaheed Muhammad follows the discussion.

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Time: 7PM-10PM (ET)
Location: Liberty Hall, The Ace Hotel
20 W 29th St
New York City, NY, 10001
To Attend: Follow @NPRHipHop for details and availability of free tickets