Editor’s Picks

The Origin Of Woke: William Melvin Kelley Is The ‘Woke’ Godfather We Never Acknowledged

Woke is ubiquitous now, used to describe everything from films to chefs.In the first of his three-part Origin of Woke… Read More

December 6, 2022

The Selling of ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’

It takes a dream team of creatives to put together an album like The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. This is… Read More

August 25, 2021

The Round-Up: Best Songs of The Week – ft. Smino, Ian Isiah, Earl Sweatshirt, and More [Playlist]

  View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Smi (@smino) on Nov 8, 2018 at 12:40pm PST… Read More

November 9, 2018

The Round-Up: Best Songs of The Week – ft. Leikeli47, Thundercat, Swizz Beatz, and More [Playlist]

A guide to the week's most essential cuts. With Fright Night behind us, and midterms just ahead, we've landed at… Read More

November 2, 2018

The Round-Up: Best Songs of The Week – feat. Little Dragon, Ella Mai, Quavo, and More [Playlist]

The Round-Up returns with a full bag of heat Happy Friday, folks. This week's release day roster is a deceptively… Read More

October 12, 2018

First Look Friday: Kiana Ledé’s Journey From Viral Sensation to Emerging Pop Star

With a stirring voice and a strong sense of self, Kiana Ledé wants you to know she’s not just a… Read More

October 5, 2018

The Round-Up: Best Songs of The Week – ft. Anderson .Paak, Emily King, Jon Bap, and More [Playlist]

Re-up alert Good Friday, good people. Hope we all got to the other end of Carter V and nothing called YANDHI free of any intellectual… Read More

October 5, 2018

Lil Wayne Proves He’s Still a Rap Icon on ‘Tha Carter V’

Lil Wayne's Tha Carter V was six years in the making. The album proves that the legendary rapper is still one… Read More

October 4, 2018

Jermaine Dupri Breaks Down What the Five Essential So So Def Songs Are

Jermaine Dupri talked about So So Def's extensive history Twenty-five years ago, Jermaine Dupri launched So So Def, a label… Read More

October 2, 2018

Atlanta Artist FRKO Is More Than Rap’s Go-To Illustrator — He’s A Continuum Of Black Art [Interview]

"I know that Donald Trump is a reincarnated nigga." Atlanta artist FRKO is recounting the punchline to a joke he… Read More

September 25, 2018

The Round-Up: Best Songs of The Week – ft. Noname, Kelela, Jon Bap and More [Playlist]

Reloaded with loosies and deep album cuts from a fruitful week Top of the bottom of the week, good people.… Read More

September 14, 2018

Janet Jackson Empowers Women in and Outside of Music | Presented by Uber

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQVwyN4IFSI&feature=youtu.be Sponsored content from Uber Uber’s Driving Forces profiles creatives empowering their communities in any capacity they can. Okayplayer has… Read More

September 6, 2018

The Story of Twelve’Len: a Miami Singer Bringing the Warmth to a Hot Miami Scene

There is a new generation of talent coming out of South Florida; if rappers like Denzel Curry are bringing the… Read More

September 5, 2018

Drumma Boy Speaks on Producing Classics for Everyone From Scarface to Gucci Mane [INTERVIEW]

For more than a decade, Drumma Boy has been one of the most reliable producers in hip-hop, crafting classics for… Read More

August 8, 2018

The Round-Up: Best Songs of The Week – ft. Blood Orange, J Dilla and More

Cruise into the weekend with a fresh batch of the week's most essential singles and deep album cuts Top of… Read More

July 27, 2018

The Round-Up: Best Songs of The Week – ft. The Internet, Childish Gambino and More

The Round-Up returns with a reloaded sequence of the week's most essential feels and frequencies Happy Friday, folks. Welcome to another… Read More

July 13, 2018