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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Black Milk: 'It's Not Really A Cakewalk'
The Detroit rapper and producer on trying to impress J Dilla, transforming his music for live shows and always improving. "Each song, I want it to have a purpose," he says.
J. Cole: 'It Ain't Enough Of Us Trying'
"I want to get whatever's on my chest off my chest when it feels right," says the rapper, who makes songs that turn the personal into the political.