Books

Okayplayer’s coverage of the best hip-hop books, books by Black authors and titles about hip hop culture and music more generally.

A Book On Erykah Badu Album ‘New Amerykah Part Two’ Is Coming in 2024

Written by Karmeryn Alexa Carter, a book on 2020 Erykah Badu album New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh) is… Read More

January 27, 2023

Five Great Memoirs By People of Color Released in 2022

Here is a list of five writers of color who have written exceptional memoirs this year. Each author is grappling… Read More

December 7, 2022

‘The Come Up’ Aims To Tell Hip-Hop’s Origin Story Beyond Kool Herc

The Come Up details hip-hop’s birth and ultimate rise as the gravitational center of pop culture. We sat down with… Read More

October 19, 2022

Other Worldly: 8 Black Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction Authors You Should Read

These Black science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction authors build fantastical worlds that reach beyond what we experience here on… Read More

July 6, 2022

Feminist Author and Culture Critic bell hooks Has Died

bell hooks was helmed for her literary career which boasted more than 40 books surrounding feminism, culture, politics, love and… Read More

December 15, 2021

Kima Jones on Why She’s Ready For Her New Role as a Literary Agent

On her new role as an agent at Triangle House Literary, Kima Jones shared in an exclusive interview that she's… Read More

May 12, 2021

Simon & Schuster Won’t Distribute Book By Cop Involved In Breonna Taylor’s Death

The book, titled The Fight for Truth: The Inside Story Behind the Breonna Taylor Tragedy, and written by Sergeant Jonathan… Read More

April 19, 2021

Hanif Abdurraqib’s Third Favorite A Tribe Called Quest Album Might Surprise You

Author Hanif Abdurraqib spoke with Okayplayer about his new book, A Little Devil in America, how current Black music is shaping the… Read More

March 30, 2021

On ‘We Are Here,’ Author Jasmin Hernandez Makes Black & Brown Artists the Star of the Show

In the new book We Are Here, Author Jasmin Hernandez puts a spotlight on BIPOC and QTPOC artists from various… Read More

March 29, 2021

A New Book Corrects Black Women’s Exclusion From Popular Music

In her new book, Liner Notes for the Revolution, author Daphne A. Brooks places Black women at the center of… Read More

March 24, 2021

Cheryl Boyce-Taylor Is Proud To Be A Part Of Phife Dawg’s Legacy

We spoke with Cheryl Boyce-Taylor about her new book Mama Phife Represents, her favorite music from Phife Dawg, the benefits… Read More

January 4, 2021

15 Books By Black Authors You Should Read

This isn’t an anti-racist book list. This is a list of books By Black authors that were released in 2020.… Read More

November 27, 2020

Ta-Nehisi Coates Penned a Moving Eulogy for Chadwick Boseman

Ta-Nehisi Coates paid tribute to Chadwick Boseman in the latest Marvel Comics issue. The latest issue of Marvel Comics offers… Read More

September 30, 2020

This Is The Last Song André 3000 Wants To Hear Before He Dies

André 3000 shared the final song he would want to hear before he passes in a new book titled One… Read More

September 14, 2020

“The Real Magic Is In Person:” Noname’s Book Club Is Building Community Across The Country

We sat down with Noname to talk about her book club, capitalism, celebrity culture, and the importance of building community.… Read More

February 4, 2020

National Book Club Pays Homage to Nipsey Hussle and His Impact on His Community

The Marathon Book Club meets in Oakland, New York, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. A national book club was created… Read More

January 6, 2020