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16 New Albums You Should Listen To Right Now (Week of Nov.…

Get full with new albums from Statik Selektah, Juicy J, Tinashe, Madlib and Kareem Riggins, Rylo Rodriguez, Thundercat’s mom, Pamela D. Bruner, and more Even during a holiday weekend, the releases don’t stop. New Music Friday is here and it’s a doozy. Dozens of new albums dropped on Friday. And unless you have hours of…

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Mixtape Monday: Sons Of The James, Allysha Joy, Neak, James Chatburn, VHOOR…

Sons Of The James, Allysha Joy, Neak, James Chatburn, VHOOR and more make waves this…

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…

10 Black-Owned Vinyl Record Stores to Support On Black Friday

These Black-owned vinyl record stores are sure to have something you’ll want to add to…

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…

Tayla Parx’s ‘Coping Mechanisms’ Is A Guide on How to Handle Heartbreak…

This dumpster fire year was what Tayla Parx needed to record her excellent sophomore album,…

Who Really Won Jeezy & Gucci Mane’s ‘Verzuz’ Match?

Gucci Mane and Jeezy’s Verzuz was an absolute slugfest. The match featured the two foes…

17 New Hip-Hop & R&B Albums You Should Listen To Right Now…

There’s new hip-hop and R&B albums from Megan Thee Stallion, Jeezy, French Montana, SAINt JHN,…

Best Songs of The Week: ft. Jazmine Sullivan, GoldLink, and More

The Round-Up playlist is Okayplayer’s weekly haul of the best songs in the worlds of…

Steve McQueen: “It’s My Duty to Tell The Truth About the Black…

We caught up with Steve McQueen, director of the five-part anthology series Small Axe, who…

Lo-Fi Hip-Hop Has Become One Of The Internet’s Most Popular Subgenres; Is…

Slowed and reverb and lo-fi hip-hop share some distinct similarities, with both subgenres birthing their…

Regrets, Success & Challenges: Steve Rifkind Reflects on 30 Years of Loud…

We spoke to Loud Records founder and CEO Steve Rifkind about his fondest memories of…

Mixtape Monday: Andrew Ashong x Kaidi Tatham, Seba Kaapstad, Ruru.432, Sango, Dougie…

  Big tings this Mixtape Monday from Andrew Ashong x Kaidi Tatham, Seba Kaapstad, Ruru.432,…

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…