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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

What Is A Black TikTok Influencer Worth?

Black TikTok influencers don't earn nearly as much as their white counterparts, one of many problems they face in the… Read More

June 29, 2022

Giving Up A Year To The Algorithm: The Artists Releasing Extreme Amounts of Content to Build a Buzz

What is it like for an artist to run a year-long campaign centered on extreme content releases? We asked four… Read More

May 27, 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

How Rappers Are Trying To Lead Innovative Ways Of Distributing Music

Black Star with their podcast and Kanye West with his Stem Player are among the acts rolling out albums in… Read More

May 20, 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

How Sample Drill Is Leading One Of Rap’s Most Bizarre Sampling Eras

New York City's most notable drill producers have defined themselves by the songs they sample, so much so that critics… Read More

March 30, 2022

A Beginner’s Guide On How To Safely Do Magic Mushrooms As A Black Person

As magic mushrooms continue to be decriminalized in the U.S., here's everything you need to know about doing them for… Read More

March 23, 2022

The Fight For Better Accreditation — & Pay — For Black Choreographers & Dancers

Popular TikTok figures and veteran choreographers are advocating for better accreditation — and pay — for Black choreographers and dancers. Across the… Read More

March 17, 2022

Black Horror Needs To Break Out Of The ‘Get Out’ Mold

Get Out changed what the idea of a horror film — especially a Black horror film — could be. Here's to… Read More

February 24, 2022

Damian Lillard’s Cousin Is Helping Him Become The NBA’s Best Rapper

Damian Lillard hopes to use his rap career to invest in the success of others — and his cousin Brookfield… Read More

February 16, 2022

The Look of Love: An Introduction to J Dilla, The Rapper

For Dilla Day 2022, we celebrate the deceptively deep catalog of daggering wordplay from J Dilla, an innovative producer who… Read More

February 7, 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

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

There Will Never Be Another Music Video Like D’Angelo’s “Untitled (How Does It Feel)”

A look at how the video for "Untitled (How Does It Feel)" made — then almost broke — D'Angelo. In the… Read More

January 25, 2022