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The Faces Of Roots Picnic 2016: Backstage Portraits By Shayan Asgharnia

Reader’s Choice: MVPs of 2016

The votes are in, dear players. And it was a close match. But after a week of deliberation and a few thousand votes, we finally have our MVPs to crown in the categories of best vocalist, MC and producer, respectively. And though there are three categories, there are only two men left to congratulate. Your…

Reader's Choice: Best Albums of 2016
Reader’s Choice: Best Albums of 2016
Harry Benson: Shoot First
Watch Exclusive Clip Of ‘Harry Benson: Shoot First’ Film That Documents Photographer…
Reader's Poll: Vote For Your 2016 MVPs
Reader’s Poll: Vote For Your 2016 MVPs

By now you know we’re no longer in the business of giving you a definitive…

Reader's Poll: Vote On The Best Albums of 2016
Reader’s Poll: Vote On The Best Albums of 2016

Don’t look now but the clock is quickly running out on 2016. This, of course,…

The Secret History of A Tribe Called Quest’s Final Album

On Wednesday evening, New York City’s music community came together in the VW Dome at…

Phife Dawg's Solo Album Is Coming In Early 2017, Wife Says
Street Named After Phife Dawg To Be Unveiled On November 19th [Exclusive]

Phife Dawg will forever live through his music with A Tribe Called Quest, and in…

Case Of The P.T.A.: A 25th Anniversary Retrospective On Leaders Of The…

Leaders Of The New School emerged in the hip-hop field during one of the most competitive…

Watch DJ AM Wreck The Ones & Twos At His First Gig Ever [Exclusive]
Exclusive: Watch DJ AM Put On A Clinic At Fat Beats LA…

Last year, the life of Adam Goldstein, BKA DJ AM, was beautifully documented in the…

Tupac
OKP Exclusive: June 16th To Be Officially Declared ‘Tupac Shakur Day’ In…

It looks like another big win for hip-hop. On the heels of the recently announced…

Behind The Cape: The Secret History Of James Brown’s Boston Garden Concert,…

Photo by Emilio Grossi, via the HBO documentary Mr. Dynamite James Brown is undoubtedly a Herculean figure…

Ice-T Breaks Down The Secret History Of 'New Jack City'
New Jack City: A 25th Anniversary Retrospective By Dart Adams

Twenty-five years ago on this day, New Jack City opened in theaters across America and…

Grammy Predictions: Will Kendrick Lamar & D'Angelo Win Big?!
Will Kendrick Lamar & D’Angelo Win Big At The Grammys!? Okayplayer’s Picks…

The 2016 Grammys are only days away, so it is right that we start hypothesizing…

Dart Adams Remembers Challenger Astronaut Ronald McNair
Dart Adams Remembers Challenger Astronaut Ronald McNair

Today is one of those days that we acknowledge the anniversary of a tragic event.…

Rebel Rebel: How David Bowie Influenced Hip-Hop Culture
Rebel Rebel: How David Bowie Influenced Hip-Hop Culture

Image Courtesy of DavidBowie.com The iconic artist known to the world as David Bowie passed away…

LL Cool J's 'Radio' Turns 30 Years Old
LL Cool J’s ‘Radio’ Turns 30, Allow Us To Celebrate Its Legend

Young James Todd Smith—yes, the future LL Cool J—was so enamored with rap music that…