Syrian Basel Esa, 23, sits in the grass behind a gas station near the Hungary-Serbia border, rapping into an NPR microphone. The amateur rapper fled his home in Raqqa two years ago and lived in Turkey before deciding to go to Europe. He raps about war, survival and the smugglers that harassed him along his journey north to Germany. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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Chris Kelly, left, and Chris Smith in 1992's "Jump" video, which was a hit for their rap duo Kris Kross. KrisKrossVEVO hide caption

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