Originals

Are Old Rap MP3s Hip-Hop’s Hottest New Collectible?

MP3s are bubbling thanks to the influx of streaming and the fact that a whole generation of classic hip-hop songs… Read More

March 2, 2021

Mixtape Monday: KLIM Beats, DMVU, Raiza Biza, lojii, MAVI + More

KLIM Beats, DMVU, Raiza Biza, lojii, MAVI and more drop plenty of infectious grooves this Mixtape Monday. KLIM Beats is… Read More

March 1, 2021

Best Songs of The Week: ft. Noname, Freddie Gibbs, and More [Playlist]

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

February 26, 2021

8 Up-And-Coming Black Directors That Should Be On Your Radar

These filmmakers are sure to provide thought-provoking and entertaining cinema for years to come. Here are eight up-and-coming Black directors… Read More

February 26, 2021

23 New Albums You Should Listen To Right Now (Week Of Feb. 26)

This week's crop of new albums features newcomers, veterans, and everything in between. It's way too much work to keep… Read More

February 26, 2021

Netflix’s ‘Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell’ Tells An Origin Story We All Heard Before

Netflix's new documentary, Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell, attempts to tell the story of The Notorious B.I.G navigating… Read More

February 25, 2021

11 Montreal Rappers You Should Be Checking For

With so much talent around the city, Montreal will soon have its moment. Here are 11 English-speaking Montreal rappers who… Read More

February 24, 2021

There’s a Movement to Get A Long Island Street Named After MF DOOM

A petition recently launched requesting that the City of Long Beach, New York rename a street after legendary rapper MF… Read More

February 23, 2021

Mixtape Monday: Ol’ Burger Beats x Vuyo, Sal Dulu, Jansport J, Skunkz + More

Ol’ Burger Beats x Vuyo, Sal Dulu, Jansport J, Skunkz, and more drop new music this Mixtape Monday. Ol’ Burger… Read More

February 22, 2021

It Only Took Babyface Ray 10 Years to Become Detroit’s Hottest Rapper

We spoke with Detroit rapper Babyface Ray about working with Future, Michigan's place in contemporary hip-hop, and more. The days… Read More

February 20, 2021

Best Songs of The Week: ft. KAYTRANADA, Nick Hakim, and More

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

February 19, 2021

Satchel Lee Wants to Bring The Energy of Live Performance to Film

We recently caught up with Satchel Lee who spoke about art and becoming the first openly queer ambassador for the… Read More

February 19, 2021

21 New Albums You Should Listen To Right Now (Week Of Feb. 19)

The best new albums of this week include releases from Jim Jones, Kelly Rowland, Lava La Rue, Jansport J, and… Read More

February 19, 2021

9 Up-And-Coming Black Screenwriters That Should Be On Your Radar

We rounded up nine up-and-coming Black screenwriters working in television and film that everyone should know. Last year gave viewers… Read More

February 17, 2021

Vic Mensa Shares His Mental Health Journey for Okayplayer’s PASSAGE, Conversation One

PASSAGE is a curated mental health and wellness initiative created by Okayplayer. The program was developed to amplify the collective stories… Read More

February 16, 2021

Behind the Beat: Buckwild on How “Put it On” Became the Defining Big L Anthem

In the next part of our ‘Behind The Beat’ series, Bronx producer Buckwild recalls crafting Big L’s "Put It On"… Read More

February 15, 2021