Retrospective 2020

15 Lost, Mythical Rap Albums You’ll Probably Never Hear

From André 3000's solo debut to Kendrick Lamar's collaboration with J. Cole, here are 15 mythical rap albums that were… Read More

December 7, 2021

Memes Rule Everything Around Me: ‘The Last Dance’ Gave Us The Best Memes of 2020

ESPN's epic Michael Jordan documentary, The Last Dance, gave us the best memes of 2020, the most hellish year ever.… Read More

December 31, 2020

The Very Best Movies and TV Shows of 2020

Some of the TV and movies that are on our list are smart, emotional, and captivating. Others are terrifying, cutting,… Read More

December 29, 2020

Mixtape Monday: The Best of 2020 Featuring R.A.P. Ferreira, Navy Blue, Quelle Chris, Namir Blade + More

Mixtape Monday features a retrospective of projects from R.A.P. Ferreira, Navy Blue, Quelle Chris, Namir Blade, and more for the… Read More

December 28, 2020

How ‘Verzuz’ Became The Way Artists Make Amends

Verzuz has highlighted the power in taking the high road, and prioritizing moments that not only honor the legacies of… Read More

December 24, 2020

Okayplayer’s Best Albums of 2020

If you just listened to these albums you would never ask the question, “is the concept of the album dead?”… Read More

December 23, 2020

Okayplayer’s Best Songs of 2020

Artists have gotten us through so much this year. It’s only right we return the favor in any little way… Read More

December 22, 2020

A Brief But In-Depth History Of Legendary NYC Club Giant Step

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the legendary New York City club Giant Step. To celebrate we took a… Read More

December 7, 2020

15 Independent Artists to Support on Bandcamp Friday (December 2020 Edition)

A fresh haul of indie artists to explore and support on Bandcamp Friday. What was once a short-term campaign to… Read More

December 4, 2020

Behind the Beat: Ski Beatz & Camp Lo Created a New Language With “Luchini AKA This Is It”

Behind The Beat is a new series where journalist Thomas Hobbs talks to rap producers about the making of their… Read More

December 1, 2020

15 Books By Black Authors You Should Read

This isn’t an anti-racist book list. This is a list of books By Black authors that were released in 2020.… Read More

November 27, 2020

The Essentials: Record Store Day 2020 (Black Friday Edition)

Featuring psychedelic folk retrospectives, unearthed live and studio recordings from jazz giants, first-ever vinyl issues of early work from hip-hop… Read More

November 27, 2020

Five Producers & Songwriters on the Making of Nicki Minaj’s ‘Pink Friday’

Nicki Minaj's debut album, Pink Friday, recently turned 10. We spoke to five producers and songwriters about the songs they… Read More

November 23, 2020

Erykah Badu’s ‘Mama’s Gun’ Is Better Than ‘Baduizm’

Ahead of the 20-year anniversary of Mama's Gun, a retrospective look on why Erykah Badu's sophomore album is better than… Read More

November 20, 2020

The Pharcyde’s “Drop” is Hip-Hop’s Most Innovative Video

The Pharcyde's now 25-year-old album, Labcabincalifornia, saw the hip-hop group make a notable shift in their sound and lyrical content,… Read More

November 13, 2020

What’s So Special About Capital STEEZ?

It's been nearly eight years since Pro Era co-founder Capital STEEZ died. And despite the fact fans have heard little… Read More

November 10, 2020