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11 New Hip-Hop & R&B Albums You Should Listen To Right Now (Week of May 14)

This week's batch of new albums features new releases from J.Cole, 21 Savage, Jorja Smith, and more. We here at… Read More

May 14, 2021

Black Students Are Mobilizing Against Prison Labor Exploitation At Their Universities

Black students all around the country are pushing to remove the presence of prison labor exploitation at their respective universities.… Read More

May 14, 2021

15 of the Most Controversial Lines in Hip-Hop History

We look back on 15 controversial rap lyrics over the last 35 years. These are occasions in which a rapper's… Read More

May 13, 2021

This Free Dating App Matches Users Based On Their Musical Taste

Vinylly, an app that has experienced a burst of growth during the pandemic, curates matches based on users’ Spotify listening… Read More

May 12, 2021

10 New Orleans Rappers You Need To Listen To

It's been too long since the city that gave the world No Limit and Cash Money produced a homegrown star.… Read More

May 11, 2021

Tyler Perry is the King of Cinematic Black Camp

Tyler Perry is a terror, whose productions aren’t good in the most acute sense. But when viewed through camp’s flamboyant… Read More

May 10, 2021

Mixtape Monday: L’Orange x Namir Blade, quami.xyz, DJ Taye, McKinley Dixon, Eahweeh + More

L’Orange x Namir Blade, quami.xyz, DJ Taye, McKinley Dixon, Eahweeh and more light it up this Mixtape Monday. L’Orange and… Read More

May 10, 2021

Hi-Tek on the “Bittersweet” Making of His Classic Solo Debut ‘Hi-Teknology’

We spoke with producer Hi-Tek about his solo debut Hi-Teknology, the underlying drama surrounding its release, the impact of "Round… Read More

May 8, 2021

Best Rap Music Videos of the Week: Saweetie, Benny the Butcher, and More

This week, we get new music videos from Babyface Ray, Young M.A., Snoop Dogg, and more. As music festivals begin… Read More

May 7, 2021

Best Songs of The Week: ft. MF DOOM, Isaiah Rashad, 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

May 7, 2021

13 New Hip-Hop & R&B Albums You Should Listen to Right Now (Week of May 7)

This week's crop of new albums features new material from Tony Allen, CZARFACE and MF DOOM, and many more. In… Read More

May 7, 2021

First Look Friday: Lord Apex is the West London Rapper With New York City Flows

For this month's First Look Friday, we talk with regal stoner rapper Lord Apex about being a student of American… Read More

May 7, 2021

10 Independent Artists to Support on Bandcamp Friday (May 2021)

The final (for now) Bandcamp Friday of the year is upon us. This month, we highlight new projects from Elaquent,… Read More

May 7, 2021

SWV Perfected Their R&B Sound on Their Classic Sophomore Album ‘New Beginning’

With SWV battling Xscape on Verzuz this Sunday, it’s essential to revisit New Beginning, the album that set the tone… Read More

May 6, 2021

‘Needle 2 The Groove’: Flying Lotus Shares The Vinyl That Influenced His ‘Yasuke’ Score

Amid the release of the Netflix anime series Yasuke, Flying Lotus — the man behind the show's score — highlighted… Read More

May 6, 2021

Retro Neo: WPNOFLOVE on How R&B is “Fantasy” But Neo-Soul is “Real”

For our latest edition of Retro Neo, we spoke with WPNOFLOVE about his love for Anthony Hamilton and Musiq Soulchild.… Read More

May 5, 2021