In Their Own Words

In Her Own Words: How KaMillion Became the Breakout Star of ‘Rap Sh!t’

In her own words, rapper and actor KaMillion talks about HBO Max's Rap Sh!t, balancing her music and acting career,… Read More

August 12, 2022

In His Own Words: Bun B Went From Having the Illest Verses to Cooking the Trillest Burgers

In his own words, Bun B talked about his rap career and having the trillest burgers in the game. Bun… Read More

August 5, 2022

In His Own Words: Jon Batiste on Building Community Through Music

Jon Batiste caught up with Okayplayer and talked about his success, his partnership with Amazon for Prime Day, and more.… Read More

July 7, 2022

How This Entrepreneur Fused Her Love of Hip-Hop and Coffee To Create Her Own Business

Melissa Stinson, a Chicago-bred entrepreneur launched her coffee concept brand after spending years building a loyal following. Located in Pilsen,… Read More

September 1, 2021

In His Own Words: Chi Ossé on How He Wants to Change NYC Politics

Chi Ossé, son of beloved podcast host and hip-hop historian Combat Jack, spoke with us about his Brooklyn roots and… Read More

July 1, 2021

In His Own Words: Oscar Winner D’Mile on How He Injected His Sound in New Age R&B

We spoke with newly-minted Oscar winner D’Mile about working with H.E.R. and his production on the upcoming Silk Sonic album.… Read More

April 26, 2021

In Their Own Words: 10 Creatives Break Down Their MF DOOM Origin Story

Writers, producers, rappers, and curators recall their earliest memories of MF DOOM and why their varying introductions turned them into… Read More

January 19, 2021

In His Own Words: How Jim Jones Became Your Favorite Weatherman

We briefly caught up with Jim Jones who spoke about the origins of the Drip Report, why he embraces Black… Read More

January 14, 2021

In His Own Words: How 2020 Became the Year Everyone Started to Love Chris Crack

We talked to Chris Crack about why 2020 was his most successful year, his recording style, and getting co-signed by… Read More

December 30, 2020

In Their Words: How Ayo & Keyz Produced The Song Of The Summer — Cardi B’s “WAP”

We caught up with Keyz from Ayo & Keyz to discuss the making of Cardi B's “WAP,” sampling Frank Ski's… Read More

August 24, 2020

Yung Baby Tate Opens Up About Her Creative Upbringing, Personal Style & Georgia Roots

In an exclusive interview, the Georgia artist opens up about significant moments she’s experienced throughout her life and career. Yung… Read More

August 23, 2020

In His Own Words: Boldy James on How Signing With Griselda Gave Him His “Second Wind”

We talked with Boldy James about this new phase in his career, joining Griselda, meeting JAY-Z, why the Nas situation… Read More

August 14, 2020

Five Freelance Creatives On How They Are Adjusting to COVID-19 Quarantine

Working from home as a freelancer is a part of the grind, but what happens when you have no choice?… Read More

April 16, 2020

In Their Own Words: Shaggy, Walshy Fire, & More on What Needs to Be Done to Uplift the Jamaican Music Industry

Jamaican music and musicians are not where they need to be when it comes to numbers, access, and credibility. We… Read More

March 19, 2020

Five New Yorkers Describe How Michael Bloomberg’s Era of Stop-and-Frisk Changed New York City

Michael Bloomberg's support of stop-and-frisk during his time as New York City mayor continues to follow him in his 2020… Read More

March 3, 2020

In His Own Words: How MC Tree Quietly Reigned In 2019

Following the strongest year of his career, we connected with MC Tree to talk about his impetus for art, dealings… Read More

January 2, 2020