Music Essay

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

Why Ice-T’s Body Count Grammy Award Win Matters

Ice-T's metal band Body Count won Best Metal Performance at this year's Grammys, a notable  win considering the controversy the… Read More

March 16, 2021

Can Country Music Adapt Following Its Racial Reckoning?

Despite more Black Country music artists thriving, the genre still has a race problem. Can country music adapt to keep… Read More

March 11, 2021

How Black Musicians Are Creating Soundtracks For Popular Meditation Apps

PASSAGE is a curated mental health and wellness initiative created by Okayplayer. The program was developed to amplify the collective stories… Read More

March 10, 2021

How The Fugees Greatest Triumph, ‘The Score’, Became Their Swan Song

Released 25 years ago, The Fugees' The Score was the album that transformed the group from ultra-talented, iconoclastic MCs to… Read More

February 13, 2021

How ‘Verzuz’ Became The Way Artists Make Amends

Verzuz has highlighted the power in taking the high road, and prioritizing moments that not only honor the legacies of… Read More

December 24, 2020

How RPG Games Inspires Open Mike Eagle & His Music

Inspired by the unforgiving difficulty Dark Souls video game, Open Mike Eagle has used his own albums to create dense,… Read More

December 21, 2020

Hip-Hop Has an Anti-Vaccine Problem

As society battles the pandemic, multiple rappers have spread anti-vaccine misinformation, aiding in the distrust Black people have for the… Read More

December 15, 2020

Erykah Badu’s ‘Mama’s Gun’ Is Better Than ‘Baduizm’

Ahead of the 20-year anniversary of Mama's Gun, a retrospective look on why Erykah Badu's sophomore album is better than… Read More

November 20, 2020

The Pharcyde’s “Drop” is Hip-Hop’s Most Innovative Video

The Pharcyde's now 25-year-old album, Labcabincalifornia, saw the hip-hop group make a notable shift in their sound and lyrical content,… Read More

November 13, 2020

What’s So Special About Capital STEEZ?

It's been nearly eight years since Pro Era co-founder Capital STEEZ died. And despite the fact fans have heard little… Read More

November 10, 2020

What Is The Role Of The Wealthy Male Hip-Hop Pundit?

From Diddy promoting Our Black Party political party to Ice Cube helping develop Donald Trump's Platinum Plan, the wealthy male… Read More

November 2, 2020

How Hip-Hop Has Aided The Meteoric Rise of K-Pop

Though K-pop has become its own genre, there’s no denying the clear hip-hop and R&B influences that can be seen… Read More

October 27, 2020

Jay Electronica, The Tale Of Two Debuts & Which One Is Better

Following the official release of Act II: Patents of Nobility (The Turn), the looming question among fans is: Which is… Read More

October 6, 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

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