Aug 19, 2014 — "Now is the time that I'm actually thinking of myself as a musician," says Issa. "Things are hitting me like, 'Oh, damn, you have this responsibility.'"
Jul 31, 2014 — The New York rapper on the music industry — from sitting on the shelf, to refusing deals, posthumous releases to sales expectations — music journalism and taking risks, personal and professional.
Jul 24, 2014 — The Los Angeles rapper tells Microphone Check the true stories behind his debut album and the rise of his partner, DJ Mustard.
Jul 1, 2014 — "I met James Brown as a kid. I was seven years old," says the renowned producer. "I wasn't the same since."
Jun 20, 2014 — The most philosophical member of Top Dawg Entertainment in a Microphone Check conversation about Ab's high expectations of his audience and what he's trying to make for them.
May 29, 2014 — At the close of Microphone Check's onstage conversation with the producer and DJ, he took to the decks to demonstrate what he meant when he said, "When I want you to understand something, I remix it."
May 10, 2014 — This week the hip-hop magazine revealed its annual cover highlighting new acts, which prompted the usual avalanche of debate over the artists featured, those absent and the state of the genre.
May 8, 2014 — The rapper from Gary, Ind., moved to L.A. 10 years ago, where he met Madlib, a producer revered for his collaborations. The two of them have now made an album Gibbs thinks can't be touched.
Apr 29, 2014 — The rise of the rapper, singer and songwriter given the name Future when he was a teenager being fostered by the legendary Dungeon Family only looks meteoric from the outside.
Apr 23, 2014 — The maker of a hip-hop classic on his audience, the next generation and how his anniversary is inspiring a new album.