Originals

How Dreamville, One of Hip-Hop’s Biggest Families, is Surviving Quarantine

We spoke with a few members of the Dreamville family to learn how they are staying connected, grounded, and inspired, during COVID-19-related quarantine. Back in April, Dreamville Records rapper Bas expressed candid thoughts about the music industry post-COVID-19. “I’ve been thinking a lot about the world after this all passes. The social implications,” Bas wrote…

Mixtape Monday: Apollo Brown x Che Noir, Sidewalk Kal, Daniel Son, Trizz…
Black Thought The Roots Performing
Best Songs of The Week: feat. Black Thought, Liv.e, and More [Playlist]
Singer Angel in Car
First Look Friday: UK Artist Angel Wants to Remake Pop Music

Angel is our latest First Look Friday feature. We spoke with the artist about working…

How Rap Is Profiting Off The Hand Sanitizer & Mask Game

With COVID-19 not going anywhere, rappers have gotten into the business of selling hand sanitizer…

Dolly B Future Painting
Meet Dolly Bills: The Masked Artist Blending Art, Streetwear & Rap

Dolly Bills’ art has earned recognition from rap stars like Future, Trippie Redd, Roddy Ricch,…

The 17 Best J Dilla Beats Of All Time

J Dilla wasn’t just your favorite producer’s favorite producer, he was also your favorite rapper’s…

Kuddie Fresh While You Were Gone Cover
Mixtape Monday: Curbside Jones x Ballhead, Budgie, chuckee, Sadhugold. + More

Back this Mixtape Monday with new music from Curbside Jones, Budgie, chuckee, Sadhugold and more.…

Westside Gunn and Conway at AC3 2018
Best Songs of The Week: feat. Knxwledge, Shay Lia, and More [Playlist]

Updated every Friday, The Round-Up playlist is Okayplayer’s weekly haul of the best songs in the…

D’Angelo’s ‘Brown Sugar’ Laid the Blueprint for the Neo-Soul Movement

Released 25 years ago, D’Angelo’s debut album, Brown Sugar, is an album that birthed neo-soul…

Best Mixtapes of the Week: Naeem, Chuuwee, Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, Blimes x…

More fire from Naeem, Chuuwee, Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, Blimes and Gab and more this Mixtape…

How The Roots’ ‘How I Got Over’ Became Their Crowning Achievement of…

Devoid of any overt radio-friendly fare, How I Got Over, presents The Roots at the…

Mixtape Monday: Ras G, Revenge of the Truence, Khemist, Skyzoo + More

Tap in this Mixtape Monday for new music from Ras G, Revenge of the Truence,…

The Round-Up: Best Songs of The Week – ft. Noname, Anderson .Paak,…

Updated every Friday, The Round-Up playlist is Okayplayer’s weekly haul of the best songs in…

From “Fuck Tha Police” To “Dior”: What Is Soundtracking Protests Across The…

Contemporary rap classics, regional hits, deep cuts, and standouts from some of rap’s youngest stars…

Rapper J. Cole performing at Staples Center
J. Cole’s “Snow On Tha Bluff” Is A Missed Opportunity To Uplift…

J. Cole’s new song “Snow On Tha Bluff” is a notable miss from the rapper.…