Microphone Check

Microphone Check

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Microphone Check — the place where artists can talk about whatever concerns and interests they have, where they feel...

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Ill Camille

Ill Camille was born and raised and still resides in Los Angeles, for the moment, and in March she released an album...

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Z-Ro

We taped this interview before we had any idea Z-Ro would later announce his retirement from music – he's said the...

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kris ex, Part 2

To situate you in this episode, we left off last week when kris asked Ali how it would feel for his work today to be...

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kris ex, Part 1

This first episode of the rest of our podcast’s life isn’t a straight ahead interview with a musician. Instead we...

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

Doc McKinney, the Minneapolis-born, Toronto-living producer and manager who's worked with Lucy Pearl, The Weeknd,...

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Warren G: 'It's A Cold Game'

Last summer we linked with Warren G for the last interview we tried to do bicoastal. And it's fitting that one of the...

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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 special edition of Microphone Check, a...

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

The music industry veteran, former manager of the RZA, the GZA and ODB, as well as D'Angelo, Raphael Saadiq and A...

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Gizzle: 'I Mean For It To Matter'

Gizzle is the one behind the curtain. Quiet as it's kept, she's written many of the biggest and best-loved rap and...

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

The Atlanta rapper spoke with us in March, between the first and second of the three tours he's booked this year. We...

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Terrace Martin: 'I Believe You Should Be Yourself'

Terrace Martin takes his job very seriously. Here's just a taste of what he sees as at stake when he goes to work:...

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Dean Blunt: 'Every Day Is A Lifetime'

Hip-hop music and culture informs most things, including works of art and creative expression that don't sound...

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

The artist and thinker, who just released a new album that's only one part of a larger multimedia conception, takes...

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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...

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

New father Freddie Gibbs spoke with Microphone Check about his inspirations, including the memoirs of Rick James and...

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

The Virginia Beach denizen spoke to Microphone Check about the reverse troll he laid on Def Jam with Darkest Before...

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Logic: 'Do Something For Yourself'

The rapper, who hails from Maryland but now resides in the Los Angeles area, came through to talk about the road to...

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

Mac Miller met us in LA, which he had recently left. Ali and Mac have known each other for some time, so this...

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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. This was after he graduated from the University of...

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