Originals

‘Atlanta’ Season Four, Episode Three Recap: Earn Meets A Fake D’Angelo

In the third episode of Atlanta season four, Paper Boi considers mentoring young white rappers and Earn has a cathartic meeting with… Read More

September 23, 2022

SiR Wants To Bring Honesty and Vulnerability Back To R&B

SiR ushers in a vulnerable stage of his life with his upcoming album, Heavy. For our September cover story he… Read More

September 22, 2022

Forever Cool: Babyface’s Legacy Is In His Artistic Evolution

Over 36 years into his solo career, Babyface's journey from go-to hitmaker to legend is defined by his ability to evolve… Read More

September 21, 2022

Black Characters Should Be Able to Exist in Fantasy

From an underwater world to Middle Earth to Galaxies far away, the notion that Black people shouldn’t exist in fictional… Read More

September 20, 2022

The 7 Top Takeaways From New York Fashion Week: Doja Cat, Telfar’s Pop-Up, Latto & More

We're spotlighting designers, artists, and more that captured our attention over the past week in New York City. New York… Read More

September 16, 2022

The Dangers Of Artists Not Controlling Their Stans

Experts discuss how artists have the power to intervene in dangerous or overzealous behaviors by their most devout fans, known… Read More

September 16, 2022

Best Songs of The Week: ft. Nick Hakim, Ab-Soul 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 16, 2022

Ari Lennox, Dreamville’s First Lady, Isn’t An Underdog Anymore

In this installment of Ari Lennox's artistic journey, age/sex/location, her honest and relatable second album sheds light on the tribulations… Read More

September 16, 2022

10 New Hip-Hop, R&B & Jazz Albums You Should Be Listening To (Week of September 16)

Braxton Cook's Black Mona Lisa EP is of the most refreshing projects to drop this week. Mariah Carey is celebrating… Read More

September 16, 2022

‘Atlanta’ Season 4: An MF DOOM Parody Voiced By Earl Sweatshirt Kicks Off Premiere

The two-episode premiere of the fourth and final season of Atlanta focuses on a deceased local rapper, and a very, very petty… Read More

September 16, 2022

Santigold Refuses To Treat Music Like It’s Disposable

Okayplayer spoke with Santigold about Spirituals, getting acknowledged by Beyoncé, and the different ways she’s exploring herself creatively. Santi “Santigold”… Read More

September 15, 2022

In Hip-Hop and Beyond: Ramsey Lewis

Across decades and dozens of studio albums, pianist and composer, Ramsey Lewis, explored the intersections of jazz and pop music.… Read More

September 14, 2022

A DJ Guide To Black Dance Music Classics — From Chicago House To New Jersey Club

Amid Beyoncé and Drake dropping dance-centric albums, here's a guide to the classics of Black dance music subgenres — from… Read More

September 14, 2022

Biden’s Student Loan Relief Will Help Black Borrowers Most — But Is It Enough?

Biden's relief is an unexpected but welcomed start for Black student loan borrowers, but some feel more can be done.… Read More

September 13, 2022

Afropunk Made a Triumphant Return to Brooklyn

Afropunk finally returned to Brooklyn after three years away. Afropunk Brooklyn 2022 featured standout performances and the most gorgeous crowd… Read More

September 12, 2022

Best Songs of The Week: ft. Sudan Archives, Ari Lennox, 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 9, 2022