#ICYMI: All The Things You've Missed This Week [Apr. 2 - Apr. 8]

#ICYMI: All The Things You've Missed On OKP This Week [Apr. 2 - Apr. 8]


Had a busy week? Of course you did, you’re an American, being put to work for longer hours than you can stand is the American way. Doesn’t mean you should miss out on all the other million cool things that go on in and around the world. With that in mind, we figured we’d keep you up to speed with a weekend recap titled In Case You Missed It (ICYMI for the folks in the back). This weekend’s installment is a compendium of content that features One Player’s Opinion on Kendrick Lamar, Prince‘s strange relationship with Weird Al Yankovic, plus new music from Joey Bada$$, Mack Wilds, Gorillaz and more. We have a host of other items that you should check out as well.

Don’t get left behind, guys. Catch up with the news you missed out on and don’t forget to follow us @Okayplayer.


One Player’s Opinion on Kendrick Lamar’s Message To Black Men + Their Patriarchy

According to writer Priscilla Ward, Kendrick Lamar recognizes the need of black men to change in “Humble,” but the real talk has yet to begin.

T. Eric Monroe Shares Hip-Hop Memories On D’Angelo + Lauryn Hill

Photographer T. Eric Monroe made a living chronicling legends as one of his most epic shots featured young crooners D’Angelo + Lauryn Hill while they were on the rise.

Read A Strange Excerpt From Dig If U Will The Picture About Prince + Weird Al Yankovic

Author Ben Greenman details Prince‘s award show protocol and his strange relationship with parody in an exclusive excerpt from Dig If U Will The Picture.


As 10 Day Turns 5, Chance’s Principal Speaks Out On Album’s Impact

 Dr. Joseph Powers shares his recollections on Chance The Rapper as a student leader and what the response to his 10 Day mixtape was like on campus.


Kendrick Lamar Will Drop His New Album On April 14th

Kung-Fu Kenny might not have delivered on his April 7th promise, but his new album is available for pre-order on iTunes with an April 14th release date.

Twitter Sues Trump For Attempting To Unmask An Anti-Trump Tweeter

Twitter argues that revealing the user’s identity would be a violation of its First Amendment rights.

When Being Woke Goes Wrong: Elijah Watson on Pepsi, Black Lives Matter + Conscious Branding

What happens when Pepsi‘s faux-woke commercial with Kendall Jenner backfires in epic fashion? Okayplayer‘s very own Elijah Watson discusses.

The People Want C-Rayz Walz To Play ‘Black Samurai’ In Yasuke Film

A petition started floating around suggesting that underground New York City rapper C-Rayz Walz should play Yasuke in the upcoming film about the first black samurai.


The Round-Up: Joey Bada$$, Nick Hakim + Gorillaz Fuel This Week’s Best Songs

Gorillaz‘s “Let Me Out,” Nick Hakim‘s “Green Twins” and Joey Bada$$‘s new work plus 19 more songs you must hear make up the week’s best cuts.

Stream Mack Wilds’ Newest Work, AfterHours

Featuring guest appearances from Wale, Tink and Cam Wallace, AfterHours is just the beginning of a not-so-quiet takeover from Mack Wilds.

Ric Wilson Gets Busy On Chuck D-Approved Single, “Hang Loose”

Hear a buoyant new cut from Chicago’s Ric Wilson, with a foreword from Public Enemy‘s legendary Chuck D.

Mask Off: 14 Songs That Prove The Flute Was Always Hip-Hop’s Secret Weapon

Before Future‘s “Mask Off” hit the airwaves, J Dilla, Guru, The Beastie Boys and others had already championed the flute.


Smino Learns How To Love In New “Anita” Video

With Smino‘s exceptional debut album blkswn out now, the St. Louis upstart searches for love while on the road in his new video.

Watch Aziz Ansari Go International In Master of None Trailer

John Legend and Aziz Ansari‘s parents guest star in the official trailer for season 2 of Master of None.

Watch Chicago’s Noname Perform At NPR’s ‘Tiny Desk’ Series

Noname‘s ‘Tiny Desk Concert’ performance will make your heart smile.

Harlem’s Dave East Links Up With Beanie Sigel For “The Real Is Back” Video

Nasir Jones‘ franchise rapper, Dave East, taps another hip-hop legend for his latest visual, “The Real Is Back,” which features Beanie Sigel.

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