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NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series Presents: Rakim (Video)

That’s right. The G.O.D.M.C. Rakim Allah (and a full band) came through the intimate venue and gave a Tiny Desk Concert… to the world! And if you look close enough at the band, you might recognize some heavy hitters in there, too. Pure dopeness!

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Ali Shaheed Muhammad x Adrian Younge – “The Midnight Hour” (Album)

Nice merger for music’s sake – Ali Shaheeed Muhammad + Adrian Younge on a project. “The Midnight Hour” could be another great set to grab for your Summer soundtrack.


Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Consequence Speak On ‘A Tribe Called Quest’ Being Snubbed By The Grammys (Video)

Could you file this in the ‘butthurt’ folder? You could, but that is an egregious oversimplification. Come on. Not even a ‘nomination’ for their last album? Whether or not you agree, ATCQ should at least be heard on this. Sway thought so…

Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Consequence of A Tribe Called Quest, stop by to talk about their last video and their collaboration with Billionaire Boys Club. They ended up getting into the Grammy’s Snub of their last album and what that meant.
Sway’s Universe

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Snubbed By The Grammys, But The Tribe’s Quest Goes On (Video)

Hmm… a lotta business being spoken of in this clip. Might want to pay attention to how you hustle to maintain. Tribe’s got a name folks recognize. But don’t think them dropping their last album means they’re ready for rest. Naaaaah, son. Recognize!

Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Consequence of A Tribe Called Quest, stop by to talk about their last video and their collaboration with Billionaire Boys Club. They ended up getting into the Grammy’s Snub of their last album and what that meant.
Sway’s Universe


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Souls Of Mischief – “There Is Only Now” (Ali Shaheed Muhammad Remix)


Ali Shaheed Muhammad remixes five jawns to make the the Souls Of Mischief project “There Is Only Now Remixed” that much tastier a plate. Ch-check it out below (title track and LP).


Souls Of Mischief Talk About Their Past, Influences, Music And Future Moves On NPR’s Microphone Check

audible_treats_soulsofmischief_tion4_wide-ae30c131d3986c32f464032db0da179ff2010587-s40-c85Oakland group Souls of Mischief is the invited guest on this episode of NPR’s Microphone Check. The emcees speak to Adrian Younge, producer of Souls’ recently-released LP – “There Is Only Now” (which Mic Check co-host Ali Shaheed Muhammad, of A Tribe Called Quest, narrates. Great conversation, memories and insights shared by three Souls members (Tajai, Phesto and Opio) with Younge, Ali and Mic Check co-host Frannie Kelley.

Listen below. Take a trip back to last century. The Golden Age of Hip-Hop; from a unique West Coast Oaktown perspective. From the ’80s and early ’90s – still taking it to the next level today their way. Respect. Souls.

“We respected it all but we wanted to be different. We didn’t want to sound like anybody else. Those were the rules of the greatest rappers that we heard.”

Mission accomplished. Stream and download this episode of Microphone Check below.


NPR: Ali Shaheed Muhammad hosts ‘Microphone Check’ with the Legendary ‘Pete Rock’ On His Career Path, Influences, and More (Audio)


Mutual admiration expressed right from the start of the interview. Ali Shaheed Muhammad (of A Tribe Called Quest) talking with Golden Era producer extraordinaire Pete Rock.

“I was musically charged, man. I had some adrenaline going on then. I’m serious, ever since I — I think after I met James Brown as a kid. I was seven years old. I wasn’t the same since.”
Pete Rock

Ali Shaheed and Frannie Kelley host NPR’s Microphone Check. They talk with PR about his meeting James Brown the great and later attending his funeral, his other influences and upcoming in Hip-Hop, 9/11, J Dilla and so much more. Settle in and listen to the audio stream. It’s an hour-and-a-half… a wonderfully worthwhile trip between then and now.


Ali Shaheed Speaks On His Life, A Tribe Called Quest Rumors, J Dilla, & The Importance Of Questioning Everything (Video)

Ali Shaheed Muhammad of the legendary A Tribe Called Quest heads north of the border with the brothers from Montreality for an in-depth interview on a variety of topics from his life growing up, the passing of his former manager & friend Chris Lighty, the genius of J Dilla, his upcoming solo album, his opinions on cartoons like Bugs Bunny & the importance of why you must question everything in life. This was another great & insightful interview the Montreality crew conducted with the homie Ali Shaheed….
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Ali Shaheed x Maseo Of De La Soul Red Bull Music Academy Lecture (Video)

Shout out to my homie Cognito who hosted the sit down with Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Maseo of De La Soul for the Red Bull Music Academy lecture that went down in Los Angeles during the Dilla Day West celebrations….More video below
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The 54th Annual Grammy Awards: Red Carpet Interviews (Video)

Common was one of the many entertainers who floated by while attending the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. Check out more interviews delivered by FUSE TV from artists like A Tribe Called Quest, Mint Condition’s Stokely Williams, Kelly Price, Shaggy, plus artists like Lupe Fiasco, J.Cole, & Fergie who all brought their moms with them to the Grammys as they grace red carpet under the hood….
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Classic Clips: The Roots and A Tribe Called Quest Freestyle

Illadeph meets QB in this freestyle featuring Rahzel on the beat, with Black Thought, Consequence and Phife Dawg on the mics.  As usual, Rahzel kills the beatbox while Ali Shaheed Muhammed and Questlove chill and groove to the beat.  Would’ve been nice to hear what Q-Tip had to say, though.  Guess time was up on Lorna’s Corner.


Beats, Rhymes, & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest (Trailer)

This is finally the official trailer of the one of the most anticipated documentaries in music due to drop this summer! Directed by Michael Rapaport with a total running time of 1 hour & 37 minutes, the film is slated to be released in theatres July 8th

Michael Rapaport Addresses ATCQ’s Grievances With The ‘Beats, Rhymes, & Life’ Documentary

Complex Magazine caught up with Michael Rapaport for him to give his side of the story regarding the upcoming A Tribe Called Quest documentary ‘Beats, Rhymes, & Life’. I’ve seen the film already but I’m not sure what the final version will look like after some demands were made to have multiple scenes and statements left on the cutting room floor. I have to agree with Michael Rapaport on several key things he mentioned in this article that I was asking myself prior to this interview. Like adding the final piece to a completed puzzle my assumptions were confirmed by Rapaport’s responses. There’s not enough time for me to go into detail here, but you can check out the article at the link below. Pay careful attention & I believe you’ll come away with a better understanding of what really happened & of what is going on now. There’s alot of stuff said here from Michael Rapaport that simply makes alot of sense.

The bottom line is that this a documentary & not a film with actors.  There’s nothing that needs to be acted so what the audience is getting is who you really are when those cameras are on.  I personally believe Q-Tip didn’t like what he saw about himself on screen & immediately began to initiate steps to do damage control. Off screen he’s not exactly making himself look too good either with the interviews & twitter statements instead of handling things behind closed doors.  The general public doesn’t care about what issues Q-Tip has with Michael Rapaport.  They just want to see the film & it won’t stop them from going to theaters or to the bootleg DVD man to see the movie.  After piecing it all together I do believe Phife handled things pretty smart in a variety of ways. There appears to have been a lot of great opportunities missed with this project & because Q-Tip is the frontman of the group it could be perceived that he’s the primary problem. At least that’s my perception.


Phife Dawg Of ATCQ Speaking At The Sundance Film Festival (Video)