Originals

Best Songs of The Week: ft. Freddie Gibbs, Real Bad Man, 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 2, 2022

First Look Friday: Sandy Benjamin Recalls the Past to Make Us Appreciate the Present on Debut Album

On Low Income Browsing, Sandy Benjamin uses the surreal nature of our memories to show us what we miss in… Read More

September 2, 2022

Meechy Darko Has Found His Own Voice (And Started A Juice Bar, Too)

With his solo debut Gothic Luxury, Meechy Darko pushed himself to find his own sound. We speak with him about… Read More

August 30, 2022

A Night at Brooklyn Museum With Black Fashion Fair

Black Fashion Fair's first Museum World Tour in Brooklyn was a joy-filled occasion, we speak with Black Fashion Fair about… Read More

August 29, 2022

The Kid Mero is Already on to the Next Phase of His Career

The Kid Mero spoke with Okayplayer about sports fandom, what’s next in his career post-Desus & Mero, and more. Just… Read More

August 26, 2022

The RAP Act Would Ban Lyrics From Being Used as Evidence — But is it Enough?

The Restoring Artistic Protection ACT — or RAP Act — would place legal guidelines on when, and how, lyrics can… Read More

August 25, 2022

In Her Own Words: Lakeyah on Being a “Rapper That Influences”

In her own words, buzzing Milwaukee rapper Lakeyah talks about how she sees her role as a prominent woman in… Read More

August 25, 2022

Eshu Tune (aka Hannibal Buress) is the First Rapper to Bowl a Spare While Rapping Live

Hannibal Buress has built a career as a successful comedian and thespian. Now he's giving rap a go. We shadowed… Read More

August 24, 2022

‘Untold: The Rise and Fall of AND1’ Details the Era Where Streetball Ruled

We spoke to Kevin Wilson, Jr., the director of Netflix's Untold: The Rise and Fall of AND1, about documenting the… Read More

August 23, 2022

How ‘Boondocks’ Producer Carl Jones Turned Megan Thee Stallion Into An Anime Badass For ‘Traumazine’

Okayplayer spoke with Jones about creating the Traumazine visualizers, Megan Thee Stallion being an anime stan, The Boondocks’ relevance in… Read More

August 22, 2022

Dan Perlman On Creating Season Two of Flatbush Misdemeanors

We chatted with Dan Perlman co-creator and executive producer of the comedy Flatbush Misdemeanors. He divulged his thoughts on the… Read More

August 19, 2022

Best Songs of The Week: ft. Larry June, The Last Artful, Dodgr 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

August 19, 2022

Terence Etc. Found Balance in the Chaos of Creating His Debut Album

Terence Etc. discusses the creation of his new album, V O R T E X, finding a kindred and inspiring… Read More

August 18, 2022

Behind the Beat: JoogSZN on Why Drakeo the Ruler is One of the LA Greats

For Behind the Beat, Thomas Hobbs spent time in LA with JoogSZN. The producer talked about his partnership with the… Read More

August 17, 2022

Big Teak’s Story Arc Displays Why ‘P-Valley’ is One of the Best Shows on TV

Big Teak's heartbreaking story in the second season of P-Valley sparks an important conversation around mental health and Black men. Even… Read More

August 16, 2022

How Professors Are Making A Case For Hip-Hop In Academia

Over the course of 30 years, hip-hop has been on a journey to becoming more respected in academia. For these… Read More

August 16, 2022