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10 Live Old-School Hip-Hop Tapes You Can Stream on YouTube

From The Cold Crush Brothers legendary battle with The Fantastic Five to a teenaged Rakim freestyling with a young Biz… Read More

August 11, 2022

Best Songs of The Week: ft. Action Bronson, DOMi & JD BECK, 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

April 29, 2022

Best Songs of The Week: ft. Fly Anakin, Ivy Sole, 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

January 21, 2022

Best Songs of The Week: ft. Silk Sonic, Kendrick Lamar, 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

November 5, 2021

Premiere: Madlib, MED, and Blu Toast to ‘Bad Neighbor’ with a Booming Bonus Cut

Released in 2015 and entirely produced by Madlib, the album featured appearances from Anderson .Paak, Phonte, Dam-Funk, and the late… Read More

November 3, 2021

15 New Hip-Hop & R&B Albums You Should Be Listening To (Week of September 24)

This week Kari Faux, Nao, and Westside Gunn return to share albums that make up our favorite albums of the… Read More

September 24, 2021

Best Songs of The Week: ft. Little Simz, Blu, JPEGMAFIA, 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 3, 2021

19 New Hip-Hop & R&B Albums You Should Be Listening To (Week of June 11)

This week's list of new albums include a Guapdad 4000 deluxe edition, a new Blu EP, and more. The era… Read More

June 11, 2021

10 Black-Owned Vinyl Record Stores to Support

These Black-owned vinyl record stores are sure to have something you'll want to add to your collection. Small businesses throughout… Read More

November 20, 2020

‘P-Valley’ Is A Southern Story Made Even Better By Southern Music

From Southern rap to blues, P-Valley wouldn't be what it is without its well-crafted soundtrack. It’s often understated just how important music… Read More

September 7, 2020

Travis Scott’s ‘Rodeo’ Was The Moment He Became Rap’s Beloved Rager

Amid the five year anniversary of Rodeo, fans of Travis Scott reflect on the Houston artist's debut album, and what… Read More

September 5, 2020

15 Independent Labels to Support on #BandcampFriday (September Edition)

From reissue specialists to experimental jazz labs to trusted purveyors of underground rap, these are the indie labels to support… Read More

September 4, 2020

DaBaby and Quavo Travel Through a Space-Time Continuum in “Pick Up” Video

The visual follows DaBaby's performance during the MTV VMAs. At midnight on Thursday DaBaby released his video for “Pick Up”… Read More

September 3, 2020

Hit-Boy Thinks Nas’ ‘King’s Disease’ Has Some of the Best Production Since ‘Watch the Throne’

Hit-Boy is having a real moment. So we caught up with the producer to break down how exactly his collabo… Read More

September 2, 2020

The Biggest Moments From Brandy & Monica’s Iconic R&B ‘Verzuz’ Battle

Brandy and Monica made it clear Monday night that their timeless catalogs are why they're both considered R&B blueprints. On… Read More

September 1, 2020

13 Odd ‘Verzuz’ Matchups That Actually Make a Lot of Sense the More You Think About It

On Verzuz, Swizz Beatz and Timbaland attempt to pair artists with similar career arcs and fan bases. We thought it… Read More

August 31, 2020