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Tiny Desk

Young Fathers

Intense, hip-hop-infused poetry is reduced to just the essentials in this two-song, four-minute set.

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Favorite Sessions

People Under The Stairs, 'Tuxedo Rap' (Live)

The L.A. hip-hop duo reaches a high point in its Pickathon set with "Tuxedo Rap."

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Front Row

Boogie, Live In Concert: SXSW 2015

The Compton rapper's set included personal songs performed in order of increasing intensity.

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Favorite Sessions

THEESatisfaction, 'Recognition' (Live) KEXP-FM

Transcend space and time as the soulful, psychedelic hip-hop duo performs "Recognition."

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Favorite Sessions

Shabazz Palaces, 'They Come In Gold' (Live) KEXP-FM

Watch Ishmael Butler and Tendai Maraire bring an interplanetary vibe to "They Come In Gold."

Favorite Sessions

Young Fathers, 'Get Up' (Live) KEXP-FM

KEXP hosts hundreds of sessions a year, but it's rare when the station's entire staff is blown away.

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Microphone Check

Mannie Fresh Live: 'Real Talk'

The legendary New Orleans producer and DJ on Lil Wayne, Juvenile, Mantronix, Mos Def and his dad.

Microphone Check

Jeremiah Jae And Oliver The 2nd: 'Take It Back To The Essence'

"We just want to make the music the focal point and make that as great as we can make it."

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Microphone Check

Rob Gullatte: 'I Just Can't Seem To Get These Raps Out My Head'

"I got a job," says the Houstonian. "I like my job, it's cool. But I'm sitting there writing raps."

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Microphone Check

Lunice: 'I Ain't Doing What That Guy Did'

The producer and DJ on his performance style, learning from the greats and reading autobiographies.