Originals

Best Songs of The Week: ft. Steve Lacy, Planet Asia, and More

The Round-Up is Okayplayer’s weekly playlist of the best songs in the worlds of hip-hop and R&B. This week’s set… Read More

July 1, 2022

10 Underrated Albums In 2022 You May Have Missed So Far

In case they missed your ears, here’s 10 underrated albums that dropped in 2022 that we think are worthy of… Read More

July 1, 2022

House Music’s Big Pop Moment is Long Overdue

The recent embrace of house music by pop's elite is putting the genre on its largest platform to date. Once… Read More

June 30, 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

The Significance of Hoodoo in P-Valley

P-Valley's Season 2 introduces Diamond, the Pynk's former bodyguard as a healing root worker. By doing so, the series exemplifies… Read More

June 28, 2022

DJ Ohso’s Bounce Dat Isn’t Your Typical Party

With Bounce Dat, DJ Ohso has created a party series where women, femmes, non-binary, and queer people could be their… Read More

June 28, 2022

Elvis’ Complicated Relationship To Hip-Hop

Revisiting how Elvis became shorthand for square white taste by rappers in the '80s and '90s amid the release of the Elvis biopic.… Read More

June 27, 2022

Roe v. Wade Has Been Overturned — And Black Women Will Be Most Impacted

While Black women may not unanimously agree about the legality or morality of abortion, the fact remains that they will… Read More

June 24, 2022

Best Songs of The Week: ft. Lupe Fiasco, DOMi & JD BECK, and More

The Round-Up is Okayplayer’s weekly playlist of the best songs in the worlds of hip-hop and R&B. This week’s set… Read More

June 24, 2022

Lupe Fiasco Is On To His Next Chapter

Lupe Fiasco spoke with Okayplayer about his new album Drill Music in Zion, his forthcoming MIT course, rappers catching RICO… Read More

June 24, 2022

French Montana & Harry Fraud Reunite & Cement Their Legacy on ‘Montega’

We talked to French Montana and Harry Fraud about their long history together and their latest album Montega. Over the… Read More

June 23, 2022

Drake — The Great Singles Artist — Finally Makes A Great Album With ‘Honestly, Nevermind’

Your typical Drake album isn't a meticulous body of work. Honestly, Nevermind is different. When Certified Lover Boy dropped last… Read More

June 22, 2022

Pharrell’s ‘Something in the Water’ Festival Has Potential… But Needs Work

Pharrell's Something in the Water festival took place in Washington D.C., featuring acts such as Moneybagg Yo, Chloe x Halle,… Read More

June 21, 2022

Black Queer Artists Deserve To Be Awarded In Spaces That Claim To Be For Them

When it comes to the BET Awards, nominations for Black queer artists — especially out queer men —  have been… Read More

June 21, 2022

Yaya Bey Is Creating Healing Music For Black Women

Brooklyn-based singer Yaya Bey is creating intricate R&B that speaks to her healing journey. Bey speaks with us about the… Read More

June 21, 2022

Mixtape Monday: E L U C I D, Plato III, DIE-REK, The Inner Realmz, Conway The Machine + More

  E L U C I D, Plato III, DIE-REK, The Inner Realmz, Conway The Machine and more this Mixtape… Read More

June 20, 2022