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About Microphone Check

Microphone Check is a voice for hip-hop at NPR. We cover the music and the culture with knowledge, heart and experience.

What We Do

We talk to established and up-and-coming musicians, business people and creatives impacting the culture and those who built the foundation.

We program and host an NPR Music Radio channel that mixes styles and eras of rap music, including the best of old-school, the Golden Era and right now.

We tell stories that contextualize rap's past and present.

Who We Are

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 been with NPR since August 2012.

Frannie Kelley is an editor at NPR. She's responsible for editing, producing and reporting NPR Music's coverage of hip-hop and R&B on the radio and online. She is co-editor of NPR's music news blog, The Record, and she's been at NPR since September 2007.

How To Find Us

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