Originals

The Making of The Ohio Players’ 1975 Masterpiece ‘Honey’

We spoke with The Ohio Players’ drummer James “Diamond” Williams who explained to us, in great detail, how Ohio Players recorded their 1975 classic Honey. The Ohio Players’ story begins in Dayton, Ohio in 1959. During this early period, they were known as the Ohio Untouchables and were the band for a Detroit-based vocal group…

Best Songs of The Week: ft. Action Bronson, Kamaiyah, and More [Playlist]
Can Hip-Hop Shows Survive When 90 Percent of Independent Music Venues Face…
11 Modern Coming of Age Movies That Center Black Girls

The coming of age story is one rich with nostalgia and longing for simpler times.…

Mixtape Monday: Sleep Sinatra x Killer Kane, POUNDS, Monday Night, LUGHZ x…

  Heavy bars this Mixtape Monday from Sleep Sinatra, POUNDS, Monday Night, LUGHZ and more.…

How ‘Girlfriends’ Paved the Way For Black Women on Modern TV

 With Mara Brock Akil’s Girlfriends coming to Netflix, we got three Black women culture…

Best Songs of The Week: ft. Conway The Machine, Action Bronson, and…

The Round-Up playlist is Okayplayer’s weekly haul of the best songs in the worlds of…

The 25 Best Black TV Show Theme Songs of All Time

  From the iconic Good Times theme to grown-ish‘s soothing intro, here are the 25…

Black Women Television Writers are the Great Memorialists of Our Time

Black women television writers like Issa Rae, Michaela Coel, and Lena Waithe have created a…

Ari Lennox Talks About the Collaboration That Made Her Feel Inspired Again

We spoke with Ari Lennox, who talked about remaking Sly and the Family Stone’s “If…

‘P-Valley’ Is A Southern Story Made Even Better By Southern Music

From Southern rap to blues, P-Valley wouldn’t be what it is without its well-crafted soundtrack. It’s often…

Summer 2020 Is Being Lived Through Rap Music Videos

During the rise of COVID-19, we’ve looked to art as a means of comfort and…

Mixtape Monday: Vritra, redveil, Good Food, Cisco Swank, Ifé Neuro + More

Vritra, redveil, Good Food, Cisco Swank, Ifé Neuro and more make the cut this Mixtape…

Travis Scott’s ‘Rodeo’ Was The Moment He Became Rap’s Beloved Rager

Amid the five year anniversary of Rodeo, fans of Travis Scott reflect on the Houston…

First Look Friday: Mulatto Crowns Herself the Rap Game’s ‘Queen Of Da…

For this month’s First Look Friday, we had a candid conversation with Mulatto, who shared…

15 Independent Labels to Support on #BandcampFriday (September Edition)

From reissue specialists to experimental jazz labs to trusted purveyors of underground rap, these are…