Ali Shaheed Muhammad.
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Ali Shaheed Muhammad

Co-host of Microphone Check

Ali Shaheed Muhammad is a world-renowned producer, songwriter and musician, and a founding member of A Tribe Called Quest, Lucy Pearl and production group The Ummah. He cowrote D'Angelo's "Brown Sugar" and has worked with John Legend, Maxwell, Mint Condition, Angie Stone, Mos Def and Gil Scott-Heron among many others.

He's the co-host of NPR's rap interviews podcast Microphone Check, and he's been with the company since August 2012.

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Gizzle With Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley
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OG Maco With Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley
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Terrace Martin With Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley
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Dean Blunt With Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley
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Mr. MFN eXquire With Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley
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Freddie Gibbs With Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley
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Pusha T With Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley
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Logic With Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley
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Mac Miller in Los Angeles in September. Note the Beats, Rhymes And Life tattoo on his right wrist. G L Askew II for NPR hide caption

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Masta Ace With Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley
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Large Professor With Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley, Part Two
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Large Professor With Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley, Part 1
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Vince Staples With Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley
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