Large Professor at an event in New York City in April, 2013. Cindy Ord/Getty Images hide caption

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Golden Rules is Eric Biddines and Paul White. Courtesy of the artist. hide caption

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Vince Staples onstage in Sacramento in May. Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images hide caption

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Ali Shaheed Muhammad onstage during Microphone Check's live interview with Father in Atlanta in May. Amanda Greene for NPR hide caption

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Kendrick Lamar visits Brian Mooney's English classes at High Tech High School in North Bergen, N.J., on Monday. Adam Wolffbrandt/NPR hide caption

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"When I was writing or performing, it felt like a storm was breaking, like something very elemental and forceful was happening," Kate Tempest says, explaining her chosen stage name. India Cranks/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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