Originals

Quinta Brunson’s ‘Abbott Elementary’ Captures What It’s Like To Be A Teacher In America

Quinta Brunson's new series, Abbott Elementary, is a refreshing change in direction for television sitcoms about educators. Let’s do away with… Read More

January 18, 2022

Mixtape Monday: SPELLWRKS, East Hampton Polo Boys, 2033, your best friend jippy + More

Joints from SPELLWRKS, East Hampton Polo Boys, 2033, your best friend jippy and more this Mixtape Monday. SPELLWRKS starts this… Read More

January 17, 2022

“I’m Happy To Have a Second Career:” Jim Jones on His Late Career Resurgence

We talked with Jim Jones about the making of We Set the Trend, bridging the gap between rap generations, current… Read More

January 14, 2022

Best Songs of The Week: ft. Georgia Anne Muldrow, Robert Glasper, 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

January 14, 2022

9 Hip-Hop and R&B Albums You Should Be Listening To (Week of January 14th)

We're halfway through January and the hits keep coming. This week's best hip-hop and indie releases include FKA Twigs, Nick… Read More

January 14, 2022

22 Albums Okayplayer Can’t Wait to Hear in 2022

This year, new albums from artists like Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Freddie Gibbs, and Normani are expected to drop. Here are… Read More

January 13, 2022

Pete Rock’s Potential ‘Illmatic’ Lawsuit Is Latest In Producer Royalty Cases For Classic Rap Songs

Pete Rock's plan to sue over unpaid royalties for his contributions to the Nas classic "The World Is Yours," comes… Read More

January 12, 2022

‘Artistic’ Trailer Reveals First Look at Short Starring Marshawn Lynch [Premiere]

Nina Lee's directorial debut Artistic is executive produced by Lena Waithe stars Marshawn Lynch and newcomer Taylor Freeman. Film director… Read More

January 12, 2022

Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman on Crafting the Dazzling, Hypnotic World of ‘Neptune Frost’

We spoke with multidisciplinary artist Saul Williams and Rwandan actress and playwright Anisia Uzeyman about their visionary new sci-fi film,… Read More

January 11, 2022

In Hip-Hop and Beyond: James Mtume [Playlist]

Remembering and celebrating the late James Mtume through his extensive imprint on hip-hop and r&b over the last 30 years.… Read More

January 10, 2022

Best Songs of The Week: ft. Leikeli47, Earl Sweatshirt, 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

January 7, 2022

6 New Hip-Hop & Indie Albums You Should Be Listening To (Week of January 7)

Since it’s the top of 2022, there are a few releases from the top of the crop. This week's best… Read More

January 7, 2022

First Look Friday: Wiley From Atlanta Wants To Make Authentic, Soulful Southern Music

For our latest First Look Friday, we spoke with Wiley from Atlanta about being influenced by soul and R&B music,… Read More

January 7, 2022

Lord Jah-Monte Ogbon Wants to Make Charlotte a Haven for Independent Rap

Lord Jah-Monte Ogbon takes us through his breakout year in 2021, working with Navy Blue on Beautifully Black, and how he's… Read More

January 6, 2022

Ari Lennox & Summer Walker: The Yin & Yang of R&B

Though the two are very different, Ari Lennox and Summer Walker stand out in the upper echelon of R&B because… Read More

January 4, 2022

Mixtape Monday: Best of 2021 feat. Wiki, Terry Presume, Navy Blue, Eddie Kaine, Moor Mother, Pink Siifu + More

Wiki, Terry Presume, Navy Blue, Eddie Kaine, Moor Mother, Pink Siifu and more are The Best of 2021. The 2021… Read More

January 3, 2022