Bun B, Zaytoven, and Trae the Truth Release George Floyd Tribute Track

Bun B also recruited legendary Houston producer Cory Mo for the tribute. Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of the death… Read More

May 25, 2021

The History of the “First Day Out” Post-Prison Song

The “First Day Out” song — the track a rapper drops immediately after coming home from prison — has become… Read More

November 6, 2019

Stream Young M.A’s “Devastatingly Personal” Debut Album ‘HERstory in the Making’

  My alarm is set to every second, no restin' Three years after releasing her breakout single "OOOUUU," Young M.A… Read More

September 27, 2019

Eleven DMV Rappers You Should Be Listening to Right Now

From Largo's Q Da Fool to Baltimore's Deetranada to The Landover's XanMan, artists from all over "the urrea" have entrenched… Read More

July 25, 2019

Okayplayer’s Best Songs of 2019 (So Far…)

Some of the songs we loved the most were chart-topping hits, while others were more obscure album cuts. Here are… Read More

July 3, 2019

Hey, Up-and-Coming Producers: Here’s Your Chance to Work with Jermaine Dupri

  Now is the time to step up if you think you have the production chops. Last week, Rémy Martin,… Read More

May 28, 2019

King Combs Talks About Carrying Bad Boys’ Legacy, Missing His Mother Kim Porter [Interview]

We spoke with King Combs about The Notorious B.I.G. influence on his music, getting City Girls on "Surf," and the… Read More

May 14, 2019

Q Da Fool is the Maryland Rapper Trying to Bring Lyrics Back to Street Rap [Interview]

We spoke to Q Da Fool about his D.M.V. upbringing, signing to Roc Nation, and how he hooked up with… Read More

April 16, 2019

Usher Just Released a Tease of “Confessions 2”

  View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Usher (@usher) on Jan 1, 2019 at 12:09pm PST… Read More

March 27, 2019

Watch Zaytoven Take On Future’s ‘Beast Mode’ With A Live Band For ‘Tiny Desk’ Performance

The godfather of Atlanta's trap sound took on two songs from Beast Mode, as well as his very own Trapholizay. NPR has… Read More

February 28, 2019

Future’s Highly Anticipated Album “The WIZRD” Is Finally Here

  View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Future Hendrix (@future) on Jan 12, 2019 at 11:19pm… Read More

January 18, 2019

A Digital Crate-Digging Service Has Made Clearing Samples as Easy as Ever

Sampling is still a vital part of hip-hop. And new technology has made the process easier than ever. Nostalgia riffs… Read More

October 23, 2018

Court Awards $44 Million to Uncredited Songwriter on Usher’s “Bad Girl”

Daniel Marino claimed his "Club Girl" became "Bad Girl," and won big. Philadelphia songwriter Daniel Marino was awarded a total… Read More

October 20, 2018

The Round-Up: Best Songs of The Week – feat. Little Dragon, Ella Mai, Quavo, and More [Playlist]

The Round-Up returns with a full bag of heat Happy Friday, folks. This week's release day roster is a deceptively… Read More

October 12, 2018

Usher and Zaytoven Just Dropped a Surprise Album, “A” An ode to the “A.” Usher's back, and he's repping his home city. The R&B legend just dropped a… Read More

October 12, 2018

Wu-Chainz: DJ Critical Hype Shares a Stellar 2 Chainz x Wu-Tang Clan Mash-Up Mixtape

The ATLien enters the 36 Chambers on DJ Critical Hype's rugged and raw mash-up On October 6th and 7th, Atlanta's… Read More

September 29, 2018