ScHoolboy Q onstage at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City on Sunday, February 23rd. Polina Yamshchikov for NPR hide caption

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Front Row

ScHoolboy Q

Watch the Los Angeles rapper perform a loose-limbed, spontaneous and unpretentious set in NYC.

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Tiny Desk

Dessa

The whip-smart rapper, singer, poet and songwriter performs three tracks from Parts of Speech.

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Favorite Sessions

Aaradhna, 'Keep My Cool' (Live)

A big winner at the New Zealand Music Awards recently visited OPB's studios in Portland, Ore.

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Front Row

Action Bronson: NPR Front Row

Watch the New York rapper get swallowed up by the SXSW crowd during "Strictly 4 My Jeeps."

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Front Row

Le1f, Live In Concert

The New York rapper whips his glow-in-the-dark hair back and forth during a mesmerizing set.

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Live in Concert

Death Grips In Concert

Performing mostly in a fitting haze of red, the group creates a visceral experience on stage.