Elijah C. Watson

Elijah Watson serves as Okayplayer's News & Culture Editor. When he's not writing he's listening to Sade and crying or watching My Hero Academia with his partner.

The FBI Is Now Investigating The Death Of Shanquella Robinson

Shanquella Robinson mysteriously died while in Mexico. Some people are comparing the incident to what happened to Kenneka Jenkins in… Read More

November 16, 2022

Why It’s Important That Beyoncé’s ‘Renaissance’ Is Nominated For Best Dance/Electronic Music Album

If Beyoncé were to win, this would make her the second Black artist to win the award. It shouldn't come… Read More

November 15, 2022

Steve Lacy’s “Bad Habit” May Win Some Of The Grammys’ Biggest Awards — And It’s Primarily Thanks To TikTok

The success Steve Lacy is experiencing with "Bad Habit" shows how TikTok could help a beloved song compete against today's… Read More

November 15, 2022

Same Tricks, Different Punchlines

Aside from his remarks on anti-semitism amid the backlash Kanye and Kyrie have received, Dave Chappelle played it pretty safe… Read More

November 14, 2022

‘Hip Hop Homicides’ Wants To Be More Than Your Typical True Crime Show

Hip Hop Homicides executive producer Mona Scott-Young and host Van Lathan spoke with us about the series, and what they… Read More

November 3, 2022

The ‘Wendell & Wild’ Soundtrack Is A Crash Course For Getting Into Black Rock And Punk Music

In using Black rock and punk music, Wendell & Wild celebrates genres of music Black people have long been disregarded and erased… Read More

October 31, 2022

The Line Between Hip-Hop Journalist & Personality Is Only Getting More Blurry

The line between hip-hop journalist and online personality continues to blur as figures ranging from DJ Akademiks to N.O.R.E. practice… Read More

October 18, 2022

Is Lil Yachty’s “Poland” Foreshadowing The Next Auto-Tune Trend?

Maybe? Possibly? What is for sure is that Lil Yachty's "Poland" has become an internet hit. "I took the wooooooock… Read More

October 12, 2022

Why Is A Random R. Kelly Album Cut Leading One Of TikTok’s Latest Trends?

As R. Kelly is currently on trial for federal charges of child pornography, a song of his has recently become… Read More

September 2, 2022

First Look Friday: DOMi & JD BECK’s Biggest Fan Is Anderson .Paak — And For Good Reason

For this First Look Friday we spoke with DOMi and JD BECK about their debut album Not Tight, Anderson .Paak being… Read More

August 5, 2022

‘Nope’ First Reactions: Jordan Peele’s “Most Ambitious Film”

Nope, Jordan Peele's third feature film, is already receiving favorable praise. With Nope, Jordan Peele's third feature film, having its official… Read More

July 19, 2022

Laz Alonso Explains Why Mother’s Milk Wears Hip-Hop Tees In ‘The Boys’

What began as an accident has since become an integral part of Mother's Milk character in The Boys TV series. There's many… Read More

July 13, 2022

What Is A Black TikTok Influencer Worth?

Black TikTok influencers don't earn nearly as much as their white counterparts, one of many problems they face in the… Read More

June 29, 2022

Ranking Kendrick Lamar’s “The Heart Part 5” Deepfakes From Least To Most Bizarre

Kendrick Lamar transforms into a handful of Black celebrities in his video for "The Heart Part 5," including Kanye West… Read More

May 9, 2022

From Surprise Reunions To A New Album: A Timeline Of Yasiin Bey And Talib Kweli’s Black Star

With Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli's new Black Star album finally being released on May 3, here's a timeline of… Read More

May 2, 2022

Here’s How ‘Illmatic’ Came To Soundtrack Ruth Langmore’s Vengeful Return In ‘Ozark’ Part Two’s Debut

Ozark show runner Chris Mundy and music supervisor Gabe Hilfer spoke on Ruth's relationship to '90s rap and how the… Read More

April 29, 2022