John Coltrane Wanted To Be A Saint. The Coltrane Church Honors His Religious Legacy

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the St. John Coltrane Church is looking past the battles it's faced in a constantly-changing and… Read More

May 30, 2019

The 15 Best Songs Produced By Tyler, The Creator

From tracks off of his recently-released number one album IGOR to songs for other artists, these are Tyler, the Creator's… Read More

May 29, 2019

The Man Responsible for Getting a Brooklyn Street Named After The Notorious B.I.G. is Trying to Do the Same for The Roots in Philly [Exclusive]

We sat down with LeRoy McCarthy to discuss the obstacles and triumphs of honoring hip-hop icons in cities across America.… Read More

May 23, 2019

From J Dilla Beats to Daniel Caesar Hooks, Common Breaks Down His Upcoming Project [Recap]

Common's new LP will feature appearances from Daniel Caesar, Leikeli47, BJ the Chicago Kid, and more. There will also be… Read More

May 22, 2019

How Rawkus’ ‘Soundbombing II’ Launched a New Era of Independent Rap

On May 18th, 1999, Rawkus Records released Soundbombing II, the landmark album that paved the way for one of the… Read More

May 17, 2019

A Family-Friendly Version of Freaknik is Set to Return …Does This Make Any Sense?

The notorious Freaknik festival is set to return next month, rebranded as a family-friendly event. Is this the right decision,… Read More

May 15, 2019

King Combs Talks About Carrying Bad Boys’ Legacy, Missing His Mother Kim Porter [Interview]

We spoke with King Combs about The Notorious B.I.G. influence on his music, getting City Girls on "Surf," and the… Read More

May 14, 2019

Oneness of Juju: How an Avant-Garde Jazz Group Created A Cult Classic in the Black Arts Movement

The high elder of Oneness of Juju, James "Plunky" Branch, recounts DC's Black Fire era, J Dilla's impossible precision, and… Read More

May 9, 2019

“He Tends to Hide” Dissecting ‘Devil’s Pie: D’Angelo’ & Celebrity Distance

Devil's Pie, a new documentary which premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, starts and ends with a simple question:… Read More

May 7, 2019

First Look Friday: Classically Trained Musician Allyn is Trying to Conquer R&B All By herself…And She’s OK with That

As a part of our First Look Friday series, Okayplayer spoke with 22-year-old singer Allyn about her African-American and Indian… Read More

May 3, 2019