Intersections and Subcultures 2020

13 Odd ‘Verzuz’ Matchups That Actually Make a Lot of Sense the More You Think About It

On Verzuz, Swizz Beatz and Timbaland attempt to pair artists with similar career arcs and fan bases. We thought it… Read More

August 31, 2020

This is What Artists Should Know About Signing Their First Record Deal

We talked with Entertainment Attorney Karl Fowlkes, Esq. about when artists should lawyer up and what they should look out… Read More

August 30, 2020

This Could Have Been LeBron James’ Moment

If LeBron James would have halted the season, he would have cemented his legacy and truly become “more than just… Read More

August 28, 2020

The Essentials: Record Store Day 2020 Releases (August Edition)

Here is Okayplayer's official Record Store Day guide for August 2020. Like seemingly anything the year has wrought, Record Store… Read More

August 28, 2020

What’s At Stake For Sampling In Tracy Chapman & Nicki Minaj’s Lawsuit?

Tracy Chapman's lawsuit against Nicki Minaj could have real implications toward hip-hop if a ruling is made in her favor. Since… Read More

August 26, 2020

It’s the Little Details that Make Michaela Coel’s ‘I May Destroy You’ Special

I May Destroy You, which recently wrapped up its first season on HBO, is a painstakingly honest portrayal of what happens… Read More

August 26, 2020

How the Telfar Shopping Bag Became the Most Popular Black-Owned Accessory on the Internet

How did the Telfar become the most popular accessory of 2020? And what's up with all the memes?  Here’s everything… Read More

August 25, 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

Spotify Wants Artists To Do All the Work For Very Little Pay

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has painted a picture where only the artists who constantly churn out content can survive a… Read More

August 20, 2020

“Let’s Have A Sex Talk”: The Eras of Sex Talk By Black Women In Hip-Hop

Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's explicit anthem "WAP" is the most talked-about song of the year. But it's not… Read More

August 19, 2020

Battle Of The Eras: Ghostface KIllah & Young Thug Have More in Common Than You Think

Battle Of The Eras is a new series where we compare and contrast two rappers from different eras. For the… Read More

August 16, 2020

Hayley Williams On Being Influenced By Solange, Erykah Badu & Paramore’s Black Fandom

We caught up with Hayley Williams to discuss this political moment, Paramore’s Black fanbase, and how a community of loved… Read More

August 13, 2020

James “Kamala” Harris Was an Example of How Black Wrestlers Overcame Racist Gimmicks

The late, great James Harris, who wrestled as “The Ugandan Giant” Kamala for almost 30 years, was a pioneering example… Read More

August 12, 2020

Curren$y Has Spent Quarantine Chilling, Binging ‘Daria’ & Occasionally Making Music

We spoke with Curren$y about his latest album, The Outrunners, his relationship with Harry Fraud, the shows he’s binging during… Read More

August 11, 2020

More Contemporary Rap Should Sample Black Electronic Dance Music

"WAP" is the latest instance of a rap song sampling the Baltimore house classic "Whores In This House," and shows… Read More

August 10, 2020