Music Interview

Hitmaka on How He Became the Most Sought-After Producer in Hip-Hop

Producer Hitmaka spoke to Okayplayer about his early career, his final studio session with PnB Rock, and more. You don’t… Read More

October 4, 2022

Forever Cool: Babyface’s Legacy Is In His Artistic Evolution

Over 36 years into his solo career, Babyface's journey from go-to hitmaker to legend is defined by his ability to evolve… Read More

September 21, 2022

Santigold Refuses To Treat Music Like It’s Disposable

Okayplayer spoke with Santigold about Spirituals, getting acknowledged by Beyoncé, and the different ways she’s exploring herself creatively. Santi “Santigold”… Read More

September 15, 2022

First Look Friday: Sandy Benjamin Recalls the Past to Make Us Appreciate the Present on Debut Album

On Low Income Browsing, Sandy Benjamin uses the surreal nature of our memories to show us what we miss in… Read More

September 2, 2022

Meechy Darko Has Found His Own Voice (And Started A Juice Bar, Too)

With his solo debut Gothic Luxury, Meechy Darko pushed himself to find his own sound. We speak with him about… Read More

August 30, 2022

In Her Own Words: Lakeyah on Being a “Rapper That Influences”

In her own words, buzzing Milwaukee rapper Lakeyah talks about how she sees her role as a prominent woman in… Read More

August 25, 2022

Terence Etc. Found Balance in the Chaos of Creating His Debut Album

Terence Etc. discusses the creation of his new album, V O R T E X, finding a kindred and inspiring… Read More

August 18, 2022

In His Own Words: Bun B Went From Having the Illest Verses to Cooking the Trillest Burgers

In his own words, Bun B talked about his rap career and having the trillest burgers in the game. Bun… Read More

August 5, 2022

Producer Jordan Waré is the Secret Weapon Behind Brent Faiyaz’s ‘Wasteland’

We spoke to violinist and producer Jordan Waré about crafting the sound" of Brent Faiyaz’s hit album Wasteland. “Villain’s Theme,”… Read More

July 28, 2022

In His Own Words: Jon Batiste on Building Community Through Music

Jon Batiste caught up with Okayplayer and talked about his success, his partnership with Amazon for Prime Day, and more.… Read More

July 7, 2022

Lupe Fiasco Is On To His Next Chapter

Lupe Fiasco spoke with Okayplayer about his new album Drill Music in Zion, his forthcoming MIT course, rappers catching RICO… Read More

June 24, 2022

French Montana & Harry Fraud Reunite & Cement Their Legacy on ‘Montega’

We talked to French Montana and Harry Fraud about their long history together and their latest album Montega. Over the… Read More

June 23, 2022

Robert Glasper on Juneteenth & Healing Through Music

Robert Glasper chats about his upcoming Juneteenth show in L.A. and how his music has been affected by the last… Read More

June 16, 2022

First Look Friday: UMI on Making Music That Heals

For our latest First Look Friday, we spoke with UMI about her career, her therapeutic debut album Forest in the… Read More

June 3, 2022

Behind the Beat: How Pete Rock & Nas Made Hip-Hop Perfection with “The World is Yours”

In the latest installment of our Behind The Beat series, Thomas Hobbs spoke with the legendary Pete Rock about how… Read More

May 23, 2022

First Look Friday: redveil is the DMV’s Next Great Hope

For this month’s First Look Friday, we kicked it with DMV's redveil. He talked about his growth, young rappers blowing… Read More

May 6, 2022