Photo credit: Polina Yamshchikov

Photo credit: Polina Yamshchikov

  Photo credit: G L Askew II

Photo credit: G L Askew II

Microphone Check is a conversation with and led by hip-hop culture.

Its hosts are Ali Shaheed Muhammad, legendary producer, songwriter and member of groups A Tribe Called Quest, Lucy Pearl and The Ummah, and Frannie Kelley, a journalist. The duo began their collaboration as a podcast distributed by NPR in 2013 and have since evolved into an independent production that conducts interviews in studio, for at-home, on-demand listening, and in public, for in-person, real life exchange.