Leaders 2021

When The Music Stops: The Unfortunate Reality Of Mourning Artists During A Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced music fans around the world to come to terms with the fact that mourning artists… Read More

April 30, 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

A Definitive Ranking of The Most Potent Rapper Weed Strains

Here's a definitive ranking of the most potent rapper weed strains in the cannabis industry. Smokers beware: these are not… Read More

April 19, 2021

Behind the Beat: How Jahlil Beats & Bobby Shmurda Made a Hood Anthem For All Ages With “Hot N*gga”

In the latest installment of Behind The Beat, Thomas Hobbs spoke with Jahlil Beats about how he and Bobby Shmurda… Read More

April 15, 2021

The 15 Best DMX Deep Cuts

Everyone is familiar with hit DMX songs like "Ruff Ryders Anthem” and “Party (Up in Here).” But DMX also made… Read More

April 14, 2021

serpentwithfeet’s “Same Size Shoe” Highlights the Importance of Non-Monolithic Black Love Stories

We caught up with serpentwithfeet who talked about his stunning "Same Size Shoe" video, how Okayplayer inspired his name, and… Read More

April 13, 2021

10 Montreal R&B Singers You Should Be Checking For

When it comes to R&B, Montreal offers tons to explore, and we're here to help you get started. Here is… Read More

April 8, 2021

Hundreds of Fans & Bikers Shower DMX with Prayers at Vigil in White Plains

Hundreds of friends, fans, and supporters showed up for DMX who is currently fighting for his life after suffering a… Read More

April 6, 2021

How Earth, Wind & Fire Recorded Their Transcendent Classic ‘I Am’

You saw Earth, Wind & Fire face off against the Isley Brothers on Verzuz. Now read about how the legendary… Read More

April 4, 2021

In Atlanta, There’s A Dilemma Between Rising Homicides & Calls For Police Reform

With a mayoral election on the way, politicians, organizers, and crime experts are at odds about how to solve the… Read More

April 2, 2021

How Lil Nas X Subverts Pop & Satanic Panic in “Montero”

The world doesn’t know what to make of Lil Nas X and the Satan imagery found in his “Montero (Call… Read More

March 31, 2021

The 18 Essential Pussy Rap Albums

Pussy rap is an ongoing subgenre within rap that wouldn’t exist without the contributions of countless Black women. Here are… Read More

March 31, 2021

Hanif Abdurraqib’s Third Favorite A Tribe Called Quest Album Might Surprise You

Author Hanif Abdurraqib spoke with Okayplayer about his new book, A Little Devil in America, how current Black music is shaping the… Read More

March 30, 2021

On ‘We Are Here,’ Author Jasmin Hernandez Makes Black & Brown Artists the Star of the Show

In the new book We Are Here, Author Jasmin Hernandez puts a spotlight on BIPOC and QTPOC artists from various… Read More

March 29, 2021

Inspired by ‘Get Out,’ Tonya Pinkins Enters the Black Horror Film Arena with ‘Red Pill’

In the horror film, Red Pill, a group of liberal friends finds themselves fighting for their lives on the eve… Read More

March 28, 2021

Decoding Armand Hammer & The Alchemist’s Stunning New Album ‘Haram’

We spoke with hip-hop duo Armand Hammer about working with The Alchemist and recording their masterful new album Haram. Armand… Read More

March 26, 2021