1. Masta Ace NPR Microphone Check Interview (AUDIO).

    (Photo: Polina Yamshchikov/ NPR)

    “I feel like I’m still trying to prove myself. I know that might sound crazy, but I still feel like I have something to prove. When I came up in the late ’80s with the Juice Crew and being on that label with cats like Big Daddy Kane and Kool G Rap, super lyrical — MC Shan was a big star at that time. Biz Markie, big star. You know, it was tough to make your way with all of this — it was clutter; it was just a lot of good people around you, and you’re trying to shine in that. And it’s so difficult to do that. And so I think my entire journey has been me kind of just proving that I belonged in that room with those guys.”

    Interview by Ali Shaheed & Frannie Kelly

    [Via NPR ]

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