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NPR Music 'Microphone Check' Live In DC With Producer Mannie Fresh


A Night of Hip Hop with Co-Hosts Frannie Kelley and Ali Shaheed Muhammad

May 14, 2014; 1111 N. Capitol St. NE – Ah one two, ah one two – time to test the low end of NPR's sound system. On Tuesday, May 20, NPR Music's Microphone Check co-hosts Frannie Kelley and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest) bring their hip-hop interviews show to Washington, D.C., for a night with producer Mannie Fresh and fans in Studio 1, the performance space at NPR Headquarters. Tickets to the event are limited and available to reserve now at Additional tickets will be distributed through a trivia via the @NPRHipHop Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Event Details


'Microphone Check' co-hosts Frannie Kelly and Ali Shaheed Muhammad present an evening of hip-hop at NPR HQ with Mannie Fresh and DJ Cuzzin B.

Date: Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Time: Doors open at 6:00PM (ET) / Show at 7:00PM (ET)
Location: Studio 1
NPR Headquarters
1111 North Capitol Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
To Attend: Tickets are FREE; reserve at Follow @NPRHipHop for details and availability of free tickets
Getting there: NPR HQ is accessible by Metro, located a few blocks from the NOMA – Gallaudet U/New York Ave stop on the Red Line. Bike racks and free event parking available.

In this special public taping of Microphone Check, Kelley and Shaheed Muhammad sit down with legendary New Orleans producer Mannie Fresh to talk about his career, the early days of hip-hop in New Orleans, bounce music, DJing now and his current projects, which include working with Lil Wayne and collaborating with Mos Def. As part of the night, Fresh will preview an unheard track from his collaborative project with Mos Def and walk the audience through its production. An edited version of the conversation will be made available at as an episode of the show. Throughout the night, DC's own DJ Cuzzin B will be spinning tracks, and guests will also be able to enjoy a beverage or two from the bar (IDs, please).

Microphone Check is reserving a handful of tickets for fellow hip-hop obsessors who prove themselves worthy. From Wednesday, May 14 – Friday, May 16, the show will quiz their followers with trivia on rap and Fresh himself; each winner will receive two free tickets to the taping on May 20. Follow @NPRhiphop on Twitter and Instagram for details.

NPR Music's Microphone Check offers audiences commentary on hip-hop and interviews with its leading artists – Nas, Schoolboy Q, Marley Marl, E-40 and more – as well as a 24/7 music stream that plays the full breadth of rap music. NPR Music collaborates with NPR's newsmagazines, public radio Member stations and the passionate NPR community to celebrate great music in every genre. Visit at and via NPR Music mobile apps.

Note: A limited number of press seats available; please contact NPR media relations to reserve.


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