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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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Mr. MFN eXquire in Los Angeles in January.

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Mr. MFN eXquire: 'I Evolved As A Man'

Crown Heights came to North Hollywood so we could talk about crossed signals on the highways between artist and industry.

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Freddie Gibbs in Los Angeles in December.

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Freddie Gibbs: 'I'm Not Just Living For Myself'

The new father spoke about his inspirations, including the memoirs of Rick James and George Clinton, his business acumen, what the war in the streets is really about and, of course, Gucci.

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Pusha T in Los Angeles in December.

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Pusha T: 'This Is What I Like To Make'

The Virginia Beach denizen spoke about the reverse troll he laid on Def Jam, what it's like to go back and forth with Puffy, the fallacies of textbooks and the perils of ignoring the youth.

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Logic: 'Do Something For Yourself'

"I'm telling the fans what I'm trying to tell myself because nobody was telling me at the time," says the rapper, who hails from Maryland.

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Mac Miller, glad to be back.

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Mac Miller: 'It's OK To Feel Yourself'

"It's liberating to realize you have the freedom to make mistakes. You have the time," says the Pittsburgh rapper, who lifted himself out of a dark period. "Because you're so small."

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Masta Ace in New York in July.

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Masta Ace: 'I'm Still Trying To Prove Myself'

Masta Ace had his first drink at a Cold Chillin' Christmas party. He began his career surrounded by the greats, and he continues to push himself to operate on a higher level.

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Large Professor earlier this year

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Large Professor, Part 2: 'I Really Live Through This Music'

The Flushing native on Nas' first sessions, the making of Illmatic and Paul C's role in his career.

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Large Professor at an event in New York City in April, 2013

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Large Professor, Part 1: 'We're Living In The World of Hip-Hop'

Last spring we sat down with Large Professor, partly on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Illmatic, but mostly because he's the reason for much of the New York rap we both love so much.

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Vince Staples onstage in Sacramento in May.

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Vince Staples: 'My Job Is To Keep My Sanity'

The Long Beach, Calif., rapper made his debut album, Summertime '06, so that people who hear it will know how he felt then. "That's when we understood the power we had in fear," he says.

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Ali Shaheed Muhammad onstage during Microphone Check's live interview with Father in Atlanta in May

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Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Part 2: 'We Still Have The Forgotten People'

The musician and NPR host on his motives, his rituals, Lucy Pearl and his one regret.

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