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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.More from Microphone Check »

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Doc McKinney: 'There's Enough Bad Music Out There'

The producer and manager, who's worked with The Weeknd, Drake, Young Buck, Esthero and thestand4rd, is fighting the good fight.

Doc McKinney: 'There's Enough Bad Music Out There'

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Warren G: 'It's A Cold Game'

The West Coast legend, one of the main instigators of G-funk, has seen the underside of the industry. It's not pretty, but he stays smooth.

Warren G: 'It's A Cold Game'

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YG: 'I'm Stepping Into My Powers'

The Compton rapper, who beat back the sophomore jinx with his new album Still Brazy, is questioning a world that barely ever makes sense.

YG: 'I'm Stepping Into My Powers'

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Rap Dads, Daughters And Sons: The Father's Day Episode

Our producer, David Luke, father of David Luke III, put together this podcast, in which past guests like Danny Brown, Solange Knowles and T.I spoke about fatherhood and father figures. It's OK to cry.

Rap Dads, Daughters And Sons: The Father's Day Episode

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Sophia Chang: 'Don't Ever Be Afraid Of Your Passion'

"I'm a manager. I am in the service industry. The service industry. I'm Midas f****** Muffler."

Sophia Chang: 'Don't Ever Be Afraid Of Your Passion'

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Gizzle: 'I Mean For It To Matter'

She's the one behind the curtain of the biggest and best-loved rap and R&B songs in recent memory.

Gizzle: 'I Mean For It To Matter'

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OG Maco: 'I Want To Give The World A Fighting Chance'

"I don't want anybody to do exactly what I'm doing," says the Atlanta rapper. "I want people to look at why I'm doing what I'm doing. And if you agree with that, you go do what you do about it."

OG Maco: 'I Want To Give The World A Fighting Chance'

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Terrace Martin: 'I Believe You Should Be Yourself'

"My job is only to be a servant of the community, and just to inspire. That's it. That's my whole job, and I know that."

Terrace Martin: 'I Believe You Should Be Yourself'

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Dean Blunt: 'Every Day Is A Lifetime'

His songs make your brain briefly unbound and unwieldy. Same goes for this conversation.

Dean Blunt: 'Every Day Is A Lifetime'

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Saul Williams: 'Let's Go Further And Further Out'

The artist and thinker, who just released a new album, takes us from the drummers of Burundi to Adam Ant, Octavia Butler to David Bowie, Rakim to Young Thug.

Saul Williams: 'Let's Go Further And Further Out'

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