Neo-soul

‘Day in the Life:’ Kenyon Dixon Feels the Love for ‘Closer’ in Charlotte

Day in the Life is Okayplayer's latest series where we shadow some of music's brightest stars. We spent the day… Read More

September 27, 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

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

Why Erykah Badu’s ‘Baduizm’ Is The Best ’90s Neo-Soul Album

Erykah Badu's Baduizm not only stamped neo-soul's validity but foreshadowed its staying power decades after its invention. The year is 1997,… Read More

February 10, 2022

The Smokin Grooves Festival Celebrates the Past, Present & Future of Neo-Soul

Erykah Badu, Nas, and The Roots, Thundercat, and more will be performing at the Smokin Grooves Festival. It's a good… Read More

November 30, 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

Jenevieve’s Debut ‘Division’ Introduces Her as a New Voice of R&B

In an exclusive interview, the rising singer shares how she's built her sound from the ground up and why she… Read More

September 7, 2021

One Album at a Time, Phabo Is Continuing The Legacy of The Soulquarians

We spoke with singer Phabo about how D'Angelo inspired his debut, Soulquarius; his upbringing; and what’s next for him in… Read More

August 17, 2021

Retro Neo: Reaux Marquez on How Neo-Soul Produced Some of the Best Rappers

Speaking for this installment of Retro Neo, Reaux Marquez discusses the conceptual aspects of his music, how neo-soul helped the… Read More

August 11, 2021

Retro Neo: Jenevieve On Looking To Neo Soul’s Rich Past To Build A Future

In the latest installment of our neo-soul series Retro Neo, Jenevieve delves into the underrated influence of Zhané, the artists… Read More

July 29, 2021

Retro Neo: Q on Taking D’Angelo’s Essence And Making His Own Music

In the latest installment of our Retro Neo series, R&B singer Q describes how neo-soul is the identity of the… Read More

July 7, 2021

The Origin Story of D’Angelo

On July 3, 1995, D’Angelo released his game-changing debut album Brown Sugar. We spoke with some of the figures who… Read More

July 1, 2021

Retro Neo: Xavier Omär Firmly Believes That Floetry’s “Say Yes” is a Gospel Song

For our latest Retro Neo, we spoke with Xavier Omär, who talked about borrowing from D’Angelo, the gospel qualities of… Read More

June 24, 2021

How Raheem DeVaughn & Apollo Brown Merged Their Sounds on ‘Lovesick’

We spoke with Raheem DeVaughn and Apollo Brown about their new album Lovesick, longevity in the game, and the importance… Read More

June 14, 2021

It Took Alicia Keys & Kerry “Krucial” Brothers Five Years to Complete ‘Songs in A Minor’

In 2001, Alicia Keys released her debut album Songs in A Minor. To celebrate the album, we spoke with the… Read More

June 6, 2021

Retro Neo: Donavon is a Neo-Soul Scholar Who Believes The Genre Doesn’t Get the Respect it Deserves

In the latest edition of our neo-soul series, Retro Neo, we chop it up with singer Donavon who talked about… Read More

May 19, 2021