Passion 2021

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

Ma Dukes Is Determined To Keep J Dilla’s Legacy Alive

With the 15th anniversary of his untimely death approaching, we spoke with J Dilla's mother, Maureen Yancey, better known to… Read More

February 4, 2022

How The Fugees Greatest Triumph, ‘The Score’, Became Their Swan Song

Released 25 years ago, The Fugees' The Score was the album that transformed the group from ultra-talented, iconoclastic MCs to… Read More

April 13, 2021

8 Up-And-Coming Black Directors That Should Be On Your Radar

These filmmakers are sure to provide thought-provoking and entertaining cinema for years to come. Here are eight up-and-coming Black directors… Read More

February 26, 2021

Netflix’s ‘Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell’ Tells An Origin Story We All Heard Before

Netflix's new documentary, Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell, attempts to tell the story of The Notorious B.I.G navigating… Read More

February 25, 2021

11 Montreal Rappers You Should Be Checking For

With so much talent around the city, Montreal will soon have its moment. Here are 11 English-speaking Montreal rappers who… Read More

February 24, 2021

There’s a Movement to Get A Long Island Street Named After MF DOOM

A petition recently launched requesting that the City of Long Beach, New York rename a street after legendary rapper MF… Read More

February 23, 2021

It Only Took Babyface Ray 10 Years to Become Detroit’s Hottest Rapper

We spoke with Detroit rapper Babyface Ray about working with Future, Michigan's place in contemporary hip-hop, and more. The days… Read More

February 20, 2021

Satchel Lee Wants to Bring The Energy of Live Performance to Film

We recently caught up with Satchel Lee who spoke about art and becoming the first openly queer ambassador for the… Read More

February 19, 2021

9 Up-And-Coming Black Screenwriters That Should Be On Your Radar

We rounded up nine up-and-coming Black screenwriters working in television and film that everyone should know. Last year gave viewers… Read More

February 17, 2021

Vic Mensa Shares His Mental Health Journey for Okayplayer’s PASSAGE

  PASSAGE is a curated mental health and wellness initiative created by Okayplayer. The program was developed to amplify the collective… Read More

February 16, 2021

10 Things You May Not Have Known About 2Pac’s ‘All Eyez on Me’

To commemorate the anniversary of Tupac Shakur's 'All Eyez on Me,' we highlight 10 facts that you didn't know about… Read More

February 12, 2021

Lucky Daye’s New Valentine’s Day EP is Complicated

We spoke with singer Lucky Daye about his career path and how Marvin Gaye inspired his new EP Table For… Read More

February 12, 2021

Experience Okayplayer’s PASSAGE Live at Fotografiska New York

PASSAGE is a curated mental health and wellness initiative created by Okayplayer. The program was developed to amplify the collective stories… Read More

February 11, 2021

Judas And The Black Messiah’ is A Call to Action [Review]

In Shaka King's Judas and the Black Messiah, the Black Panthers are humanized, focusing on their work instead of white… Read More

February 11, 2021

Trap Music Museum is the Monument Dirty South Hip-Hop Deserves

We spoke with Trap Music Museum co-founder William “Bem” Sparks and general manager Krystal Garner about honoring dirty south hip-hop. Hip-hop… Read More

February 10, 2021