Pete Rock

Record Store Day 2022 Essentials: The Black Friday Edition

The Black Friday installment of Record Store Day 2022 is upon us, featuring exclusive pressings of classic, new and obscure… Read More

November 23, 2022

In Hip-Hop and Beyond: Ramsey Lewis

Across decades and dozens of studio albums, pianist and composer, Ramsey Lewis, explored the intersections of jazz and pop music.… Read More

September 14, 2022

In Hip-Hop and Beyond: Lamont Dozier

Diving deep into the hit-heavy solo and production catalog of the late Motown legend, Lamont Dozier, whose innumerable classics provided… Read More

August 9, 2022

Conway The Machine & Funk Flex Mend Their Differences With “RIP Steve Smith Freestyle”

On Thursday, Funk Flex premiered a new freestyle from Conway The Machine on Hot 97, putting an end to their… Read More

July 22, 2022

Pete Rock Has Joined Conway The Machine in Going After Funkmaster Flex

Pete Rock and Conway The Machine are beefing online with Funk Flex, who called Pete a "fraud" and Conway a… Read More

July 15, 2022

Pete Rock Calls Out Diddy For Labeling Bobby Brown The “Chocolate Boy Wonder”

During the BET Awards 2022, Diddy called Bobby Brown the "first Chocolate Boy Wonder." Now producer Pete Rock claims that… Read More

June 28, 2022

Behind the Beat: How Pete Rock & Nas Made Hip-Hop Perfection with “The World is Yours”

In the latest installment of our Behind The Beat series, Thomas Hobbs spoke with the legendary Pete Rock about how… Read More

May 23, 2022

Here’s How ‘Illmatic’ Came To Soundtrack Ruth Langmore’s Vengeful Return In ‘Ozark’ Part Two’s Debut

Ozark show runner Chris Mundy and music supervisor Gabe Hilfer spoke on Ruth's relationship to '90s rap and how the… Read More

April 29, 2022

Mixtape Monday: SCVTTERBRVIN, DJ Drama x Dreamville, WateRR, Josiah The Gift, YL x Zoomo + More

SCVTTERBRVIN, DJ Drama x Dreamville, WateRR, Josiah The Gift, YL x Zoomo and more this Mixtape Monday. SCVTTERBRVIN is back… Read More

April 4, 2022

7 Hip-Hop & R&B Albums You Should Be Listening To (Week of April 1)

Alex Isley and Jack Dine's Marigold is a dreamy listen that arrived earlier this week. Additional drops this week that… Read More

April 1, 2022

Best Songs of The Week: ft. Phife Dawg, Denzel Curry, and More

The Round-Up is Okayplayer’s weekly playlist of the best songs in the worlds of hip-hop and R&B. This week’s set… Read More

March 25, 2022

Best Songs of The Week: ft. Robert Glasper, EARTHGANG, and More

The Round-Up is Okayplayer’s weekly playlist of the best songs in the worlds of hip-hop and R&B. This week’s set… Read More

February 25, 2022

Chicago Blues and Soul Star, Syl Johnson, Dead at 85

Syl Johnson was an integral piece of hip-hop's Golden Era source code. The family of Syl Johnson, a Chicago blues… Read More

February 7, 2022

Pete Rock’s Potential ‘Illmatic’ Lawsuit Is Latest In Producer Royalty Cases For Classic Rap Songs

Pete Rock's plan to sue over unpaid royalties for his contributions to the Nas classic "The World Is Yours," comes… Read More

January 12, 2022

Pete Rock Plans on Suing Nas Over ‘Illmatic’ Royalties

Legendary hip-hop producer Pete Rock claims that he hasn't been paid royalties for his work on Nas' 1994 debut Illmatic.… Read More

January 12, 2022

Pete Rock Made One of Hip-Hop’s Most Revered Remixes in Just Five Minutes

Pete Rock breaks down some of his grailed productions for Nas, Kanye, Public Enemy, and more. Pete Rock may not… Read More

November 2, 2021