Music List

12 Classic Hooks Sung By Jewell, “the First Lady of Death Row”

In a gangsta rap world that can be misogynist, "the First Lady of Death Row" Jewell, who recently passed away,… Read More

May 11, 2022

A Guide To Getting Into Black Women In Rock

This guide serves as an introduction to Black women in rock and the defining albums they made that are testament… Read More

April 12, 2022

10 TikTok Instrumentalists & Producers You Should Follow Right Now

The range of different producers and instrumentalists on TikTok is incredibly vast. Here are our 10 favorite instrumentalists on the… Read More

April 6, 2022

5 Albums That Made Neo-Soul Possible

The source code of neo-soul is scattered across a number of genre-defiant projects that pushed, and eventually broke, boundaries in… Read More

March 4, 2022

Here’s What Navy Blue, Ivy Sole, Monaleo, Orion Sun & More Are Listening To In 2022

We tasked artists we'll be keeping an eye on this year with sharing what they're currently listening to: Navy Blue,… Read More

March 1, 2022

10 Indie R&B Artists You Should Be Paying Attention To

R&B is far from dead. Artists like JAWAN.MP3, Emmavie, Latanya Alberto and Hunnah are proof that rather than withering away,… Read More

February 18, 2022

10 Obscure and Overlooked Blaxploitation Film Soundtracks You Need To Hear

There are many Blaxploitation film soundtracks that have either gone overlooked or followed their namesake title into the shadows of… Read More

February 18, 2022

The 17 Best J Dilla Beats Of All Time

J Dilla wasn't just your favorite producer's favorite producer, he was also your favorite rapper's favorite producer — and these… Read More

February 7, 2022

22 Albums Okayplayer Can’t Wait to Hear in 2022

This year, new albums from artists like Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Freddie Gibbs, and Normani are expected to drop. Here are… Read More

January 13, 2022

Top 10 Defining Moments in Too $hort’s Legendary Career

Fans have come to appreciate Too $hort as more than the narrator of inappropriate freaky tales but also as a… Read More

December 20, 2021

The 7 Best Leonard “Hub” Hubbard Bass Lines For The Roots

A highlighting of the best bass lines Leonard "Hub" Hubbard came up with during his time with The Roots amid… Read More

December 17, 2021

15 Lost, Mythical Rap Albums You’ll Probably Never Hear

From André 3000's solo debut to Kendrick Lamar's collaboration with J. Cole, here are 15 mythical rap albums that were… Read More

December 7, 2021

12 Classic R&B Songs Written By Andrea Martin

Andrea Marin was a songwriter’s songwriter. Throughout the '90s and 2000s she wrote songs for Monica, Toni Braxton, SWV, En Vogue,… Read More

September 29, 2021

11 Montreal Producers to Keep Your Eyes On

Even without a city-defining sound, Montreal musicians have seized the moment. Here are 11 Montreal producers you should know about.… Read More

September 8, 2021

10 Zion I Songs That Show Why Zumbi Was A Bay Area Hip-Hop Legend

From "Bird's Eye View" to "Tech $," these Zion I songs are a testament to the late Zumbi, a brilliant… Read More

August 26, 2021

From Yasiin Bey To Outkast: 10 Rap Songs That Sampled Aretha Franklin

In honor of the "Queen of Soul," we've selected 10 rap songs that sample Aretha Franklin's music. Aretha Franklin, the… Read More

August 16, 2021