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Duke Deuce Resurrected Crunk. Now He’s Trying to Keep the Sound of Memphis Rap Alive

Okayplayer spoke to Duke Deuce about falling in love with Linkin Park and Korn, Memphis horrorcore, working with producer Hitkidd… Read More

December 6, 2022

‘The Inspection’ Is An Achingly Personal And Deeply Relatable Queer Film

The Inspection, Elegance Bratton's directorial debut starring Gabrielle Union, Jeremy Pope and others, is now showing in theaters. Elegance Bratton’s… Read More

November 18, 2022

Hurricane G Deserves To Be Seen As A Female Rap Pioneer

Hurricane G should be recognized among the best female rappers to ever exist, as well as some of rap's other… Read More

November 17, 2022

Steve Lacy’s “Bad Habit” May Win Some Of The Grammys’ Biggest Awards — And It’s Primarily Thanks To TikTok

The success Steve Lacy is experiencing with "Bad Habit" shows how TikTok could help a beloved song compete against today's… Read More

November 15, 2022

The 15 Best ‘Atlanta’ Episodes

With Donald Glover's Atlanta having come to an end, these are the 15 best episodes across its four season run. Prior to Atlanta making… Read More

November 11, 2022

Freddie Gibbs Is Done Selling His Soul

Freddie Gibbs spoke with Okayplayer about his first major label release $oul $old $eparately, his love for Rick James, and… Read More

November 9, 2022

‘House Of The Dragon’s’ Black Velaryons Are A Refreshing Change In ‘Game Of Thrones’ TV Universe

How House of the Dragon has succeeded — and come up short — in its inclusion of Black Velaryons as… Read More

October 24, 2022

What Does Netflix’s ‘Dahmer’ Get Right About His Black Victims? Not Much

Is Netflix's Dahmer able to give a voice to his Black victims in spite of the series’ self-serving nature? Not quite.… Read More

October 13, 2022

The Rap Girls Are Feuding — But Where Are The Diss Tracks?

Instead of subtweeting, the girls need to get in the booth, say a name, and participate in the hip-hop tradition… Read More

October 10, 2022

‘Wendell & Wild’ Is A Frustrating, Noble Effort By Henry Selick And Jordan Peele

Wendell & Wild, Henry Selick's first film since 2009, premiered at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. It'll be available… Read More

September 27, 2022

Forever Cool: Babyface’s Legacy Is In His Artistic Evolution

Over 36 years into his solo career, Babyface's journey from go-to hitmaker to legend is defined by his ability to evolve… Read More

September 21, 2022

A DJ Guide To Black Dance Music Classics — From Chicago House To New Jersey Club

Amid Beyoncé and Drake dropping dance-centric albums, here's a guide to the classics of Black dance music subgenres — from… Read More

September 14, 2022

Biden’s Student Loan Relief Will Help Black Borrowers Most — But Is It Enough?

Biden's relief is an unexpected but welcomed start for Black student loan borrowers, but some feel more can be done.… Read More

September 13, 2022

An AI Expert On How FN Meka Is Just the Beginning of AI Rappers

AI expert Charles L. Isbell, Jr. spoke with us about the ethics behind FN Meka, and how AI rappers —… Read More

September 8, 2022

Despite Rising Gas Prices Houston’s Slab Culture Continues to Ride on

High gas prices have hit Americans' pockets everywhere, but slabs — and their owners — have held on in Houston.… Read More

August 10, 2022

The Secret To Rising Rapper Kidd Kenn’s Flow? Learning Every Nicki Minaj Verse

Chicago's Kidd Kenn came up remixing drill music from artists in the city. Now he's performing at Pride events across… Read More

June 10, 2022