Legacy 2020

10 Black-Owned Vinyl Record Stores to Support

These Black-owned vinyl record stores are sure to have something you'll want to add to your collection. Small businesses throughout… Read More

November 20, 2020

How The Roots’ ‘How I Got Over’ Became Their Crowning Achievement of the New Millennium

Devoid of any overt radio-friendly fare, How I Got Over, presents The Roots at the top of their game, with… Read More

June 22, 2020

J. Cole’s “Snow On Tha Bluff” Is A Missed Opportunity To Uplift Black Women

J. Cole's new song “Snow On Tha Bluff” is a notable miss from the rapper. The song's commentary is undermined… Read More

June 18, 2020

Buju Banton isn’t Interested in Legacy

For all that he’s accomplished, Buju Banton has no desire to be referred to as a legend. He wants to… Read More

June 17, 2020

A Letter From the Editor: Welcome to the New Okayplayer.com

I was 13 when I watched a plane hit the second tower from the corner window of my classroom in… Read More

June 17, 2020

Neo-Soul 2020: 23 Contemporary Artists Pushing the Sound Forward

From Nick Hakim to KeiyaA to Ari Lennox, here are 23 contemporary artists pushing neo-soul forward in 2020. Neo-soul was… Read More

June 17, 2020

‘The Breakfast Club’ Calls Itself “The World’s Most Dangerous Morning Show” — Maybe It’s Time We Listen

The Breakfast Club continues to adhere to a golden rule: information and accessibility may be a benefit of their now-prominent… Read More

June 16, 2020

Don’t Forget How Your Favorite Celebrity Reacted to This Moment

Black entertainers’ lack of genuine solidarity with radical protesters demonstrates their social insulation and allegiance to the capitalist status quo.… Read More

June 1, 2020

Sean Price Birthed the “Struggle Rapper” on His Classic Debut ‘Monkey Barz’

Released 15 years ago, Monkey Barz was the birth of Sean Price, "the brokest rapper you know." Read about how… Read More

May 29, 2020

TeaMarrr Details Her Artistry, Soulful Inspirations & Unveils Exploratory EP ‘Before I Spill Myself’ [Interview]

In an exclusive interview, the Los Angeles-based singer shares how she's been coping with quarantine, details her upbringing in Boston,… Read More

May 29, 2020

A Letter From the Editor: Where Okayplayer Stands on Images of Brutality

Dear Okayplayer Family, old and new,   The last few months have been rife with disturbing stories and graphics as the… Read More

May 29, 2020

20 Great Rap Songs Featured on 20 Terrible Rap Albums

Consider diving back into some oft-forgotten albums and mining for gold. Here are 20 great rap songs featured on 20… Read More

May 26, 2020

10 Things You Might Not Have Known About Common’s Masterful Comeback Album ‘Be’

In celebration of the album's anniversary, we dug up facts about the creation of Common's sixth studio album Be. On… Read More

May 24, 2020

12 Classic Beenie Man & Bounty Killer Songs to Listen to Celebrate Their Epic ‘Verzuz’ Battle

Did you think Beenie Man and Bounty Killer's 'Verzuz' battle was great? Well here are 12 songs from both artists… Read More

May 23, 2020

How Three 6 Mafia’s ‘Mystic Stylez’ Became A Southern Horror Classic & Provided A Blueprint For 2010 Underground Rap

Released on May 23rd 1995, Three 6 Mafia's debut album, Mystic Stylez, has grown from being an underground favorite to… Read More

May 22, 2020

Brooklyn Rapper Kota The Friend is Manifesting His Best Life Yet on His New Album ‘Everything’

Kota The Friend spoke to Okayplayer about pre-gentrified Brooklyn, completing his new album Everything under quarantine, and his hope-heavy presence… Read More

May 22, 2020