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22 Albums Okayplayer Can’t Wait to Hear in 2022

This year, new albums from artists like Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Freddie Gibbs, and Normani are expected to drop. Here are… Read More

January 13, 2022

Mixtape Monday: Best of 2021 feat. Wiki, Terry Presume, Navy Blue, Eddie Kaine, Moor Mother, Pink Siifu + More

Wiki, Terry Presume, Navy Blue, Eddie Kaine, Moor Mother, Pink Siifu and more are The Best of 2021. The 2021… Read More

January 3, 2022

Black TV Is Everywhere In The Age Of Streaming

Where Black TV used to only be a handful of places, now it's everywhere and harder than ever to keep… Read More

December 27, 2021

Okayplayer’s 21 Best Albums of 2021

Our list of the best albums of 2021 features everything from a mid-career masterpiece that dropped in January to a… Read More

December 22, 2021

The 18 Best Producers of 2021

In 2021, top tier production came from an array of sonic technicians, from masters of a singular style to crafty… Read More

December 14, 2021

Okayplayer’s 2021 Holiday Gift Guide: Black Designers, Culture, Tech & More

This year our holiday gift guide includes pieces by Theophilio, Fear of God, Hanifa, Bephie's Beauty Supply, T.A., Char Workroom,… Read More

December 8, 2021

De La Soul’s Discography Is Better Than A Tribe Called Quest’s

De La Soul tends to get left out of the best-ever conversation — especially alongside their fellow Native Tongue members A… Read More

November 30, 2021

The Ultimate Guide To Entering ‘Power’ — Starz’s Drug Dealing Universe

To prepare for everything new coming to Starz's Drug Dealing Universe (DDU), here’s a guide to get into Power — from its… Read More

November 19, 2021

Music Makes All the Difference: How Music Supervision and Editing Stimulate Our TV Viewing Experience

From Insecure to Atlanta, there are shows that stand out for their soundtrack. This is a look behind the music… Read More

October 22, 2021

The Rise Of Social Media Accounts Dedicated To Female Rap

Over the last couple of years, a number of social media accounts and platforms have popped up, creating spaces that… Read More

October 14, 2021

Behind the Beat: French Montana & Harry Fraud Birthed a Timeless NYC Classic With “Shot Caller”

For Behind The Beat, Thomas Hobbs spoke with Harry Fraud about the making of "Shot Caller," the song that made… Read More

October 5, 2021

An Oral History Of Zumbi From His Closest Collaborators

In remembrance of Stephen Gaines, better known as rapper Zumbi, we broke down his legacy with five figures who were… Read More

September 30, 2021

Behind the Beat: How 03 Greedo & Ron-Ron Changed West Coast Rap With “Rude”

For our latest Behind The Beat, Thomas Hobbs spoke with producer Ron-Ron about the special partnership he shares with 03… Read More

August 24, 2021

How the Sample Snitch Won

Hip-hop's code of silence pits producers against an obsessively resourceful block of fans. With the crate-digging community thriving online, there’s… Read More

August 20, 2021

TikTok’s Hip-Hop Sample Videos Are Teaching Gen Z The Basics Of Sampling

DJs and music enthusiasts alike have used TikTok to make brief, fun and informational explainers on hip-hop samples, showing how… Read More

June 15, 2021

Behind the Beat: Cool & Dre on How “Hate It Or Love It” was the Beginning & End for The Game & 50 Cent

For Behind The Beat, Thomas Hobbs spoke with Cool and Dre about producing The Game and 50 Cent's "Hate It… Read More

May 21, 2021