Regional Rap

Lupe Fiasco Is On To His Next Chapter

Lupe Fiasco spoke with Okayplayer about his new album Drill Music in Zion, his forthcoming MIT course, rappers catching RICO… Read More

June 24, 2022

French Montana & Harry Fraud Reunite & Cement Their Legacy on ‘Montega’

We talked to French Montana and Harry Fraud about their long history together and their latest album Montega. Over the… Read More

June 23, 2022

Mercury Rose Up In Atlanta’s Indie Music Scene. Now She’s Touring With MIKE And Na-Kel Smith

Mercury is a fascinating Atlanta rap figure. Her sound is experimental, but it's also mostly led by trap music, in… Read More

June 3, 2022

Big L Officially Has a Street Name After Him in Harlem

On Saturday, Big L fans gathered at 140th and Malcolm X Blvd in Harlem for the street to be renamed… Read More

May 30, 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

A New DJ Screw Biography Attempts to Explain the Man Behind the Screw Tape

We spoke to Lance Scott Walker, the author of the thorough but breezy DJ Screw biography, A Life In Slow… Read More

May 17, 2022

First Look Friday: redveil is the DMV’s Next Great Hope

For this month’s First Look Friday, we kicked it with DMV's redveil. He talked about his growth, young rappers blowing… Read More

May 6, 2022

Iamsu! Looks Back On ‘KILT’ And HBK Gang’s 2010 Rap Renaissance In The Bay Area

Amid the 10-year anniversary of his KILT mixtape, Iamsu! spoke with Okayplayer about the project and HBK Gang's impact on Bay Area… Read More

April 19, 2022

First Look Friday: Fly Anakin on How Ghostface & Curren$y Made Him the MC He Is

For our latest First Look Friday, we spoke with Fly Anakin about his album Frank, the Mutant Academy, giving pep… Read More

April 8, 2022

The Second Dreamville Fest is Proof J. Cole’s Festival is Here to Stay

The second Dreamville Festival featured performances from Ari Lennox, Lil Baby, Wale, Rico Nasty, Ja Rule and Ashanti, and, of… Read More

April 4, 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

NOLA’s New Rap Vanguard Shined at The 2022 BUKU Music + Art Project

The 10th annual BUKU Music + Art Project in New Orleans was brimming with saavy, skilled, and resilient rappers from… Read More

March 31, 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

Cypress Hill Returns to Their Underground Roots on Black Milk-Produced ‘Back in Black’

Back in Black sees Cypress Hill return to the raucous boom-bap that first saw them achieve unparalleled success. We spoke… Read More

March 18, 2022

First Look Friday: BabyTron Will Rap Over Anything

For March's First Look Friday, we spoke to Michigan rapper BabyTron about his new music, his upbringings before rap, and… Read More

March 11, 2022

How RZA & DJ Scratch’s Love of Martial Arts Films Led to ‘Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu Theater’

We spoke with RZA and DJ Scratch about their new album Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu Theater and the important role… Read More

March 3, 2022