Hip-hop

The RAP Act Would Ban Lyrics From Being Used as Evidence — But is it Enough?

The Restoring Artistic Protection ACT — or RAP Act — would place legal guidelines on when, and how, lyrics can… Read More

August 25, 2022

The Need For Black Sign Language Interpreters In Hip-Hop

Black sign language interpreters are fighting for visibility in hip-hop both on and offline. Before he worked with Chance the… Read More

July 21, 2022

Okayplayer’s Best Albums of 2022 So Far

With half of the year in the books, we look at the best albums of 2022 so far, featuring Kendrick… Read More

July 5, 2022

10 Underrated Albums In 2022 You May Have Missed So Far

In case they missed your ears, here’s 10 underrated albums that dropped in 2022 that we think are worthy of… Read More

July 1, 2022

Elvis’ Complicated Relationship To Hip-Hop

Revisiting how Elvis became shorthand for square white taste by rappers in the '80s and '90s amid the release of the Elvis biopic.… Read More

June 27, 2022

Mixtape Monday: Lo.Caesar, ullnevano x JustDon Bank$, Your Old Droog, Deca + More

Lo.Caesar, ullnevano x JustDon Bank$, Your Old Droog, Deca and more this Mixtape Monday. Lo.Caesar is up first with LO.FACE,… Read More

May 30, 2022

How RZA & DJ Scratch’s Love of Martial Arts Films Led to ‘Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu Theater’

We spoke with RZA and DJ Scratch about their new album Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu Theater and the important role… Read More

March 3, 2022

‘The Art of Dialogue’ is the Rising YouTube Channel Chronicling 2Pac’s History

We spoke to Mighty Bolton, founder of The Art of Dialogue YouTube Channel, about documenting the life and career of… Read More

February 23, 2022

Mixtape Monday: Daniel Crawford, Cashus King, IVY SOLE, brainorchestra, Scienz Of Life + More

Daniel Crawford, Cashus King, IVY SOLE, brainorchestra, Scienz Of Life and more this Mixtape Monday. Daniel Crawford gets the ball… Read More

February 14, 2022

The Look of Love: An Introduction to J Dilla, The Rapper

For Dilla Day 2022, we celebrate the deceptively deep catalog of daggering wordplay from J Dilla, an innovative producer who… Read More

February 7, 2022

Mixtape Monday: J Scienide, Anwar HighSign, V Don x Bodega Bamz, Smoke DZA x Real Bad Man + More

J Scienide, Anwar HighSign, V Don x Bodega Bamz, Smoke DZA x Real Bad Man and more this Mixtape Monday.… Read More

February 7, 2022

First Look Friday: How Producer Groove Keeps Fine-Tuning His Bounce

For our latest First Look Friday we spoke to burgeoning producer Groove who has landed production credits on tracks for… Read More

February 4, 2022

‘Dilla Time’ Author Dan Charnas on Why J Dilla Is In A League Of His Own

We spoke to Dilla Time author Dan Charnas about his extensive new book, J Dilla's complicated relationship with Q-Tip, and… Read More

February 1, 2022

Mixtape Monday: SPELLWRKS, East Hampton Polo Boys, 2033, your best friend jippy + More

Joints from SPELLWRKS, East Hampton Polo Boys, 2033, your best friend jippy and more this Mixtape Monday. SPELLWRKS starts this… Read More

January 17, 2022

BROCKHAMPTON Has Announced They Are Splitting Up, Coachella 2022 Will Be Their Final Show

BROCKHAMPTON announced that their February 7th show at O2 Academy Brixton and their performance at Coachella 2022 will be their… Read More

January 14, 2022

22 Albums Okayplayer Can’t Wait to Hear in 2022

This year, new albums from artists like Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Freddie Gibbs, and Normani are expected to drop. Here are… Read More

January 13, 2022