Hip-hop

Okayplayer’s 23 Breakout Artists to Watch For in 2023

The artists to watch for in 2023 all contributed to one of the most riveting years for independent rap and… Read More

January 6, 2023

Mixtape Monday: Best of 2022 feat. E L U C I D, R.A.P. Ferreira, AKAI SOLO, Fly Anakin, Namir Blade + More

E L U C I D, R.A.P. Ferreira, AKAI SOLO, Fly Anakin, Namir Blade and more lead Mixtape Monday’s best… Read More

January 2, 2023

Pop Smoke Mural Vandalized in Rapper’s Brooklyn Neighborhood

A mural honoring late rapper Pop Smoke has been vandalized in Brooklyn’s Canarsie neighborhood where the artist was raised. A… Read More

December 29, 2022

The 20 Best Rap Verses of 2022

Our list of best rap verses features a wide spectrum of rappers finding new ways to flip language and flows.… Read More

December 28, 2022

Mixtape Monday: MIKE, Lord Juco, Tef Poe, Ransom x V Don, Gun$moke + More

New music from MIKE, Lord Juco, Tef Poe, Ransom x V Don, Gun$moke and more this Mixtape Monday. MIKE is… Read More

December 26, 2022

Okayplayer’s 22 Best Songs of 2022

Whether the genre was hip-hop or R&B or punk or Afrobeats or all of the above, our favorite songs of… Read More

December 22, 2022

Okayplayer’s 22 Best Albums of 2022

While the music was constantly good in 2022 — sometimes even great — there weren't many game changers. Here are… Read More

December 20, 2022

Mixtape Monday: Boldy James x Cuns, Jabee, SNOTTY, ilysm, BlackLiq x Ohbliv + More

Boldy James x Cuns, Jabee, SNOTTY, ilysm, Blackliq x Ohbliv and more this Mixtape Monday. Boldy James & Cuns deliver… Read More

December 19, 2022

These are JAY-Z’s Favorite Songs of 2022

JAY-Z dropped his playlist of favorite songs on TIDAL. The results might surprise you.  After all of these years, JAY-Z… Read More

December 14, 2022

If You’re a Hip-Hop Super Nerd This New Trivia Card Game is For You

Created by Sean Kantrowitz, interactive card game The Questions Hip-Hop Trivia will release via Penguin Random House in January 2023. The… Read More

December 14, 2022

Mixtape Monday: Raw Poetic x Damu The Fudgemunk, STALLEY, Mickey Diamond, Bun B x Statik Selektah + More

Raw Poetic x Damu The Fudgemunk, STALLEY, Mickey Diamond, Bun B x Statik Selektah and more this Mixtape Monday. First… Read More

December 12, 2022

Prince Paul On Working With De La Soul Again: “I’ve Only Been Waiting 30 Years For This Reunion”

Producer and DJ Prince Paul has returned to working with legendary hip-hop trio De La Soul, 30 years after producing… Read More

December 8, 2022

Erykah Badu Talks Hip-Hop With Bronx Rapper Ice Spice

Joined by her eldest daughter Puma Curry, Erykah Badu interviewed Ice Spice on what a "munch" is, Bronx hip-hop culture… Read More

December 1, 2022

6 New Hip-Hop Albums You Should Be Listening To (Week of November 25)

This week's New Music Friday round-up includes albums from Meek Mill, Sadat and Dough Networks, Wajeed and more. We're getting… Read More

November 25, 2022

Behind The Beat: How Mos Def & Diamond D Created “Hip Hop,” the Epicenter of ‘Black On Both Sides’

Released just over 23 years ago, “Hip Hop” sits at the epicenter of Mos Def’s classic debut, Black On Both… Read More

November 1, 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