The producer Mike WiLL Made-It, whose beats can be heard on the first two singles from DAMN., the new album by Kendrick Lamar. Mary Kang/Courtesy of Universal Music Group hide caption

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Killer Mike (left) and George Clinton met up in The SWAG Shop, the barbershop Killer Mike owns in Atlanta. Cameron Robert/NPR hide caption

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George Clinton And Killer Mike: Talking (Barber) Shop

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Kendrick Lamar performs a DAMN.-heavy set on Sunday at the 2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN.' Is Introspective And Unforgiving

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"I was just happy to be alive growing up," GoldLink says. "I just didn't even know if I could make it, 'cause a lot of kids that I knew did not make it." Polly Irungu/NPR hide caption

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GoldLink On Go-Go And Making The Best Of A Bittersweet History

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Vince Staples is currently traveling the country on The Life Aquatic Tour. Emily Bogle/NPR hide caption

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Vince Staples: 'We Live In A Space Where Your Name Isn't Enough'

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