Interviews

Cakes Da Killa Calls The Shots on “Luv Me Nots” [PREMIERE]

The rapper released his latest single and talks professional and personal growth. From the outside, it seems Cakes Da Killa… Read More

August 2, 2019

Mikey Alfred Is Bringing His Dreams To Life Through Illegal Civilization [Interview]

The founder of creative brand Illegal Civilization offers his thoughts on Get Out, Kamala Harris, and what it's like to be a… Read More

February 27, 2019

Macy Gray on Technology, the Power of Trap Music, and Lasting Forever

In an exclusive interview ahead of the release of her new album Ruby, Okayplayer talked to Macy Gray about race in… Read More

September 27, 2018

Lalah Hathaway, Questlove, Robert Glasper & More On the Impact of PBS’s ‘Soul!’

As we look at the last few days of #BlackMusicMonth, Ericka Blount speaks with some of music’s finest to talk… Read More

June 27, 2018

In The Eyes of BJ the Chicago Kid, He and Ro James Have Changed the Touring Game [INTERVIEW]

To my left, a brown-skinned woman with bobbed box braids lost her mind and sight of her boyfriend as BJ… Read More

June 25, 2018

Kamaiyah Offers Self-Care Tips, Shares Future Plans & More [Interview]

The Bay Area badass Kamaiyah chopped it up with Okayplayer to talk about her dedication to her city, love for… Read More

June 23, 2018

How ‘Luke Cage’ Is Cheo Hodari Coker’s Love Song To Hip-Hop [Interview]

With Luke Cage moments away from being on Netflix, Jazmine Joyner spoke with Cheo Hodari Coker about how hip-hop influenced… Read More

June 22, 2018

Jeff Goldblum and Justice Smith Talk Stunts, Singing & ‘Jurassic World’ Thrills [Interview]

The dinosaurs roar loose on June 22, so we eked out some time with Jeff Goldblum and Justice Smith to… Read More

June 21, 2018

Smokin’ Grooves 2018: Maségo Speaks On Zodiac Signs, Diddy & More [Interview]

Paul Pennington didn’t know what to expect with Maségo, but he soon found out that there’s more than what meets… Read More

June 18, 2018

Dana Murray’s Negro Manifesto: On Injustice, Calling Out Uncle Toms & Hope [Interview]

As you'll see with the premiere of this electric drummer's "Suite Kaepernick" video, Dana Murray isn't your average percussionist. Echoing… Read More

June 15, 2018

OSHUN Is Ready to Find Peace at Home [Interview]

After a bittersweet European tour in support of their latest album Bittersweet Vol. 1, hip-hop and neo-soul duo OSHUN readies… Read More

June 11, 2018

Digable Planets’ Ishmael Butler Talks About Being ‘Unsung,’ His Impact & More [Interview]

Ishmael Butler, better known as Butterfly from Digable Planets, is getting the Unsung treatment tonight, so we talk to him… Read More

June 3, 2018

Alvin Ailey’s Robert Battle Discusses Masculinity In Movement, ‘This Is America’ & Taking Up Space [Interview]

Robert Battle, the Creative Director at the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, breaks down “This Is America,” and how it relates… Read More

May 30, 2018

Life After Polka Dots: Rapper-Producer Kwame Talks About His Music, Mentors & Today’s Hip-Hop [Interview]

Writer Samantha Hunter takes a trip down memory lane with Kwame Holland as we talk about his career, his nostalgic memories,… Read More

May 29, 2018

Special Ed Speaks On Producing For B.I.G. & ‘Pac, His Career & Today’s Hip-Hop [Interview]

Edward Archer, better known as Special Ed, spoke with Ericka Blount about his Unsung episode, his rise to the top, working with… Read More

May 26, 2018

SassyBlack’s Hologram Funk & Electro Psychedelic Soul Is ‘Sumthin Special’ [Interview + Stream]

Fresh from a trip to North Carolina for Moogfest 2018, SassyBlack blessed Okayplayer with “a heavy dose of hologram funk… Read More

May 23, 2018