Originals

What’s So Special About Capital STEEZ?

It’s been nearly eight years since Pro Era co-founder Capital STEEZ died. And despite the fact fans have heard little new STEEZ music posthumously, there remains a small, dedicated cult following engaged with the rapper’s story. The rap group Pro Era stands around in a circle in The Source’s downtown Manhattan office, their young, eager…

How a Black Entrepreneur Navigated The First 90 Days of a Pandemic
Mixtape Monday: Jneiro Jarel, Alecs DeLarge, Ian Fink, Commodo + More
Revisiting Dave Chappelle’s Contentious 2016 ‘Saturday Night Live’ Debut

Dave Chappelle hosted SNL in 2016 following the election of Donald Trump. Now, four years later, he’s…

First Look Friday: Teezo Touchdown Turned A Texas Lot Into His Creative…

For our latest First Look Friday, we talked with the enigmatic Teezo Touchdown about the…

15 Independent Artists to Support on Bandcamp Friday (November 2020 Edition)

Featuring cosmic funk from studious jazz nerds, meditative melodics from underground R&B royalty, swing-heavy dispatches…

11 New Albums You Should Listen To Right Now (Week Of Nov.…

New albums released this week include projects from Giggs, Chris Crack, Sosamann, Soul Glo, and…

Behind the Beat: Dame Grease on How Disco Music Inspired DMX’s “Get…

Behind The Beat is a new series where we talk to rap producers about the…

What Is The Role Of The Wealthy Male Hip-Hop Pundit?
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From Diddy promoting Our Black Party political party to Ice Cube helping develop Donald Trump’s…

Mixtape Monday: Small Bills, YUNGMORPHEUS, Flip.Gawd.Dre, 10.4 Rog, Lyric Jones + More

New tunes from Small Bills, YUNGMORPHEUS, Flip.Gawd.Dre, 10.4 Rog, Lyric Jones and more this Mixtape…

‘Juju: The Web Series’ Imagines a World Where Black Witches Aren’t Vilified

We spoke with the writers and creators of the supernatural web series Juju, who talked…

Sept. 11 Turned OutKast’s “B.O.B.” Into A War Cry

Released a year before 9/11, Outkast’s hit single Stankonia “B.O.B.” was cultural commentary misinterpreted as outright…

Best Songs of The Week: ft. Tierra Whack, Common, Alchemist and More…

The Round-Up playlist is Okayplayer’s weekly haul of the best songs in the worlds of…

13 New Hip-Hop & R&B Albums You Should Listen To Right Now…

This week features new hip-hop and R&B releases from artists like King Von, Queen Naija,…

Farah X Went From Editing Music Videos to Directing Hip-Hop Documentaries Centered…

We spoke with The Remix: Hip Hop x Fashion co-director Farah X, who talked about…

Different Generations of AKAs Weigh In On The Impact of Kamala Harris 

All Alpha Kappa Alphas share a connection with Kamala Harris, but vary on their stance…