Originals

Monaleo Is Ready To Be Known for More Than “Beating Down Yo Block”

In an exclusive interview Monaleo details the origins of her viral rap song, what she loves most about growing up… Read More

September 23, 2021

Despite “Complicated History” The Fugees Still Have Magic

After 15 years, The Fugees made their return to the stage on Wednesday night. Despite some kinks, the performance was… Read More

September 23, 2021

How The Fugees’ ‘The Score’ Brought Haiti And Hip-Hop Together

The Fugees' The Score was a cultural moment for Haitians across the world, but more specifically Haitian-Americans, normalizing and legitimizing all… Read More

September 22, 2021

OhGeesy Wants to Be More Than a Regional Rap Star

We spoke with OhGeesy about life after Shorline Mafia, his debut album GEEZYWORLD, and why he feels like he's the… Read More

September 22, 2021

The Essentials: Fugees [Playlist]

With the Fugees slated for a run of reunion tour dates, it’s only right we revisit a batch of classics… Read More

September 21, 2021

How the Rodney King Beating Became the First Viral Video

On March 3rd, 1991, George Holiday recorded four officers beating Rodney King. That footage quickly went viral. Here's how it… Read More

September 21, 2021

Mixtape Monday: Moor Mother, STEREO UTOPIA, Pan Amsterdam, Jay Alpha + More

New music from Moor Mother, STEREO UTOPIA, Pan Amsterdam, Jay Alpha, and more this Mixtape Monday. Moor Mother is up… Read More

September 20, 2021

Best Songs of The Week: Bathe, Georgia Anne Muldrow, 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

September 17, 2021

How Sci-Fi & Fantasy Author Cadwell Turnbull Pulls From the Horrors of Real Life

We spoke with author Cadwell Turnbull about his new book No Gods, No Monsters, what it means to write fantasy… Read More

September 16, 2021

Michael K. Williams’ Queer Roles Are An Important Part Of His Legacy

The late Michael K. Williams brought the stories of fictional — and real — queer figures to life through some… Read More

September 14, 2021

Hip-Hop Was Shut Out of the 2021 MTV VMAs, But Here Are The Best Music Moments

Despite hip-hop being almost nonexistent from the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards, performers including Busta Rhymes, Doja Cat, and Normani… Read More

September 13, 2021

Mixtape Monday: E L U C I D x Von Pea, Dregs One, The Council of the Gods + More

New music from E L U C I D x Von Pea, Dregs One, The Council of the Gods and… Read More

September 13, 2021

Best Songs of The Week: ft. BADBADNOTGOOD, Syd, and More [Playlist]

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

September 10, 2021

André 3000’s “Life of the Party” Verse Deserved Better Than Kanye And Drake’s Pettiness

André 3000 spit his most heartfelt guest verse in years. The moment was overshadowed by the immature pettiness of Drake… Read More

September 10, 2021

Revisiting Dipset’s Complicated & Provocative Relationship with 9/11

The 9/11 terrorist attacks were a unifying moment for the US. Hip-hop had a more complicated relationship: part patriotic, part… Read More

September 10, 2021

Sept. 11 Turned OutKast’s “B.O.B.” Into A War Cry

Released a year before 9/11, Outkast's hit single Stankonia "B.O.B." was cultural commentary misinterpreted as outright patriotism. In 2018, Istanbul-based conflict… Read More

September 10, 2021