Music Profile

Behind The Beat: How Mos Def & Diamond D Created “Hip Hop,” the Epicenter of ‘Black On Both Sides’

Released just over 23 years ago, “Hip Hop” sits at the epicenter of Mos Def’s classic debut, Black On Both… Read More

November 1, 2022

No One Wants Beef With Flo Milli, Gen Z’s Rising Rap Princess

Flo Milli divulges details behind her experiences of creating 'You Still Here, Ho?' her latest album, growing up, building her… Read More

October 28, 2022

Ari Lennox, Dreamville’s First Lady, Isn’t An Underdog Anymore

In this installment of Ari Lennox's artistic journey, age/sex/location, her honest and relatable second album sheds light on the tribulations… Read More

September 16, 2022

Behind the Beat: JoogSZN on Why Drakeo the Ruler is One of the LA Greats

For Behind the Beat, Thomas Hobbs spent time in LA with JoogSZN. The producer talked about his partnership with the… Read More

August 17, 2022

Yaya Bey Is Creating Healing Music For Black Women

Brooklyn-based singer Yaya Bey is creating intricate R&B that speaks to her healing journey. Bey speaks with us about the… Read More

June 21, 2022

Mercury Rose Up In Atlanta’s Indie Music Scene. Now She’s Touring With MIKE And Na-Kel Smith

Mercury is a fascinating Atlanta rap figure. Her sound is experimental, but it's also mostly led by trap music, in… Read More

June 3, 2022

Behind the Beat: Salih Williams on How Mike Jones’ “Still Tippin'” Elevated Houston Rap

Salih Williams — producer of Mike Jones, Slim Thug, and Paul Wall's "Still Tippin'," — is a criminally underrated musician.… Read More

May 26, 2022

Iamsu! Looks Back On ‘KILT’ And HBK Gang’s 2010 Rap Renaissance In The Bay Area

Amid the 10-year anniversary of his KILT mixtape, Iamsu! spoke with Okayplayer about the project and HBK Gang's impact on Bay Area… Read More

April 19, 2022

Behind the Beat: Buckwild on How “Put it On” Became the Defining Big L Anthem

In the next part of our ‘Behind The Beat’ series, Bronx producer Buckwild recalls crafting Big L’s "Put It On"… Read More

April 15, 2022

Behind the Beat: How Rick Ross’ “B.M.F.” Made & Almost Broke Lex Luger

In our latest Behind the Beat, Thomas Hobbs spoke with Lex Luger about how producing Rick Ross' "B.M.F. (Blowin Money… Read More

April 1, 2022

Labrinth Is Finally Embracing Being A Wonky Producer (With A Little Help From ‘Euphoria’)

Labrinth spoke with Okayplayer about his rise as an artist — from his beginnings crafting beats for Master Shortie and… Read More

March 29, 2022

Lucky Daye Wants To Be More Than a Face of Modern R&B

Lucky Daye gives us a glimpse into his life out in Los Angeles, he also shares why he doesn't want… Read More

March 10, 2022

How LightSkinKeisha’s Rap Confidence Landed Her a Role in The ‘Power’ Universe

“For me, this song is personal because I’m popping my shit on anybody who doubted me. Anybody who’s against me.… Read More

February 4, 2022

First Look Friday: How Producer Groove Keeps Fine-Tuning His Bounce

For our latest First Look Friday we spoke to burgeoning producer Groove who has landed production credits on tracks for… Read More

February 4, 2022

Behind the Beat: Drumma Boy on the Legacy of Jeezy and Kanye West’s Recession-Proof Anthem ‘Put On’

For the first Behind the Beat of 2022, Thomas Hobbs spoke with Drumma Boy about producing Jeezy and Kanye West's… Read More

February 2, 2022

Lord Jah-Monte Ogbon Wants to Make Charlotte a Haven for Independent Rap

Lord Jah-Monte Ogbon takes us through his breakout year in 2021, working with Navy Blue on Beautifully Black, and how he's… Read More

January 6, 2022