Join NPR Music's 'Microphone Check' In Atlanta On May 18 NPR Music's Frannie Kelley and Ali Shaheed Muhammad host a conversation about Atlanta's music, its artists, and history with rap and popular culture with special guests Organized Noize and Father.
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Join NPR Music's 'Microphone Check' In Atlanta On May 18

Microphone Check onstage with Organized Noize in Atlanta. From left to right: Frannie Kelley, Ray Murray, Rico Wade, Sleepy Brown and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Amanda Greene for NPR hide caption

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Microphone Check onstage with Organized Noize in Atlanta. From left to right: Frannie Kelley, Ray Murray, Rico Wade, Sleepy Brown and Ali Shaheed Muhammad.

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NPR Music Hip-Hop Program "Microphone Check" Live In Atlanta

With Special Guests Organized Noize & Father,
NPR Co-Hosts Frannie Kelley and Ali Shaheed Muhammad

May 18 at Terminal West; Tickets Available May 11

by Ronald Croudy
NPR Music's "Microphone Check" tapes in Atlanta on May 18, 2015.
by Ronald Croudy

May 8, 2015; Washington, D.C. – NPR Music's show dedicated to hip-hop is paying a visit to one of the genre's crux cities: Atlanta, Ga. At 7PM ET on Monday, May 18, Microphone Check co-hosts Frannie Kelley and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest) will meet the backbone of Atlanta hip-hop – the men of Organized Noize – and its new blood – Father – on stage at Terminal West for a night of conversation about the city's music and artists, its history with rap, and where things stand today. Tickets to the event, presented with WABE 90.1 FM, GPB Atlanta 88.5 FM and NPR Generation Listen, are free and available to reserve starting May 11, 2015 (must be 18 and up to attend).

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"Microphone Check is people sitting around a table telling stories, and a lot of the stories we've heard over the past couple years begin in Atlanta music," said Kelley. "So with Generation Listen planning a southeast tour to meet with people who care about a good story, we thought it was about time to go talk with old Atlanta, new Atlanta, ourselves."

At this special public taping of Microphone Check, audiences will have a chance to hear about Atlanta's singular legacy in hip-hop culture from the perspectives of those who helped create its distinct sound and those keeping that tradition in motion today.

Event Details

NPR Music "Microphone Check" co-hosts Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley present an evening of conversation about hip-hop with leading Atlanta production trio Organized Noize and one of the city's newest artists, Father ("Look at Wrist"). This event is part of NPR's "Listening Tour," a series of nine events happening in partnership with Generation Listen and public radio stations in the southeast, including WABE 90.1 FM and GPB Atlanta 88.5 FM.

Date: Monday, May 18, 2015
Time: Doors at 6PM ET; Event at 7PM ET
Location: Terminal West Studio C
887 West Marietta St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

To Attend: Follow Microphone Check on Instagram & Twitter for details and availability of free tickets, available starting May 11, 2015.

To start the night, Kelley and Shaheed Muhammad interview Father, the Southern artist and label-owner whose track "Look at Wrist" took off in 2014 and whose collective, Awful Records, incubated ILoveMakonnen. The NPR Music co-hosts will also speak on stage with Rico Wade, Ray Murray and Sleepy Brown, who have been producing some of Atlanta's most celebrated contributions to hip-hop since 1992 as the production unit Organized Noize. The trio is responsible for albums-worth of music from OutKast and Goodie Mob, and produced TLC's "Waterfalls", En Vogue's "Don't Let Go (Love)" and Ludacris' "Saturday (Oooh Ooooh)," among other music from the hip-hop canon. The interviews at Terminal West will be recorded for upcoming episodes of Microphone Check, available to hear at and as a podcast.

Beginning at 6PM ET, when doors open, and throughout the night, beverages (IDs, please) and food will be available to purchase at Terminal West. Microphone Check and Generation Listen are reserving a handful of tickets for fan giveaways. From May 14-17, Microphone Check will quiz their social media followers with trivia on Atlanta rap, Organized Noize, Father and more; winners will receive two free tickets to the May 18 event. Follow @NPRhiphop on Twitter and Instagram for details.

This event is part of a series of NPR listening sessions throughout the southeast (and Texas) this month in partnership with public radio stations in nine cities, including WABE 90.1 FM and GPB 88.5 FM in Atlanta. In April, NPR Generation Listen set out on a 30-day, cross country listening tour from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., co-hosting listening sessions in Marfa, New Orleans, Oxford, Birmingham, Pensacola, Jacksonville, Atlanta, Winston Salem, and Washington, D.C. The listening tour is an extension of NPR Generation Listen's "Why Listen" campaign; for additional details and the complete schedule, and from @nprgenlisten on Instagram and Twitter.

NPR Music's Microphone Check offers audiences commentary on hip-hop and interviews with its leading artists – Earl Sweatshirt, Nas, Schoolboy Q, Marley Marl, E-40 and more. NPR Music collaborates with NPR's newsmagazines, public radio member stations and the passionate NPR community to celebrate great music in every genre. Visit at for more.