Music List

23 Albums Okayplayer Can’t Wait to Hear in 2023

There are a gang of highly anticipated new albums that we will rush to consume. Here are 23 projects we… Read More

January 10, 2023

The 20 Best Rap Verses of 2022

Our list of best rap verses features a wide spectrum of rappers finding new ways to flip language and flows.… Read More

December 28, 2022

Okayplayer’s 22 Best Songs of 2022

Whether the genre was hip-hop or R&B or punk or Afrobeats or all of the above, our favorite songs of… Read More

December 22, 2022

Okayplayer’s 22 Best Albums of 2022

While the music was constantly good in 2022 — sometimes even great — there weren't many game changers. Here are… Read More

December 20, 2022

8 Interesting Ways Rappers Have Portrayed Jesus Christ

Historically, rappers representing themselves as Jesus Christ fall back on two famously identifiable stories: the story of the crucifixion and… Read More

July 19, 2022

10 DJ Drama Mixtapes That Defined the Golden Era of Gangsta Grillz

Take a look back at DJ Drama's wildly influential Gangsta Grillz mixtape series, the soundtrack to the DatPiff era of… Read More

July 12, 2022

Okayplayer’s Best Albums of 2022 So Far

With half of the year in the books, we look at the best albums of 2022 so far, featuring Kendrick… Read More

July 5, 2022

10 Underrated Albums In 2022 You May Have Missed So Far

In case they missed your ears, here’s 10 underrated albums that dropped in 2022 that we think are worthy of… Read More

July 1, 2022

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