Watch Season Two Trailer For British Comedy Series ‘Chewing Gum’


Michaela Coel‘s award winning comedy series Chewing Gum has a new trailer. Season two of the show will be out on January 12th, 2017 at 10pm. The show will premiere on the UK broadcaster Channel E4. No information regarding when the comedy series will be available in the United States has been released. The second season was...

Serena Williams’ Talk With Common About Career, Race, On ESPN’s The Undefeated

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Over a career that spans more than 20 years, Serena Williams has become the greatest tennis player of all time while battling a variety of other opponents on and off the court. And this weekend, in an interview with Common, she was as personal as many have ever seen from her.

On Sunday night, ESPN ran an hour-long segment where the...

Reader’s Choice: Best Albums of 2016


The world’s a weird and wild place at the close of 2016. A giant racist cheeto took the nation’s highest office (despite losing the popular vote by nearly 3 million clicks). Kanye‘s on board. Prince and Bowie are gone. Maurice White too. Yeah, we’re in The Upside-Down, and it’s scarier and more depressing than any of...

Check Out The Full List Of 91 Songs That Are Eligible To Compete At Oscars


As this year’s 89th Academy Awards approach, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 91 songs that are eligible for the Oscars category of original song. Songs that made the cut include Pharrell Williams‘ “Runnin” from Hidden Figures Robert Glasper and Pharoahe Monch&...

Listen To J. Cole’s New Album ‘4 Your Eyez Only’


The Ville has, indeed, returned. As promised, J. Colehas dropped his much anticipated follow-up to 2014 Forest Hills Drive. The lean ten track project is Cole’s fourth studio album. If you want a peek into the recording process behind 4 Your Eyez Onlywatch the nearly forty minute documentary Eyezhere. The recently...

Chris Rock Is Going On ‘Total Blackout’ Tour


A few months back we got news that Chris Rock inked a $40 million deal with Netflix for two brand new stand-up comedy specials. Rock’s last comedy special was 2008’s Kill the Messenger. And now we got confirmation that the comedian will in fact be going on tour. The tour, which is called Total Blackout, will kick off on...

Khalid Announces ‘The Location Tour’ + Dates


The youngKhalid, a singer who hails from El Paso, Texas, is going on tour. The tour, which is titled The Location, will take place across North America. If you have yet to come across Khalid make sure to check out his stunning and sultry song “Location.” The track, which has nearly five millions plays on Soundcloud, made it to...

Listen As Skillz Wraps Up 2015 With A New, Entertaining Rap


The artist formerly known as Mad Skillz is an American institution when it comes to chronicling the events that go on in popular culture.

Since 2002, Skillz has given us lyrics about everything that has gone on in the year from Kim and Kanye’s wedding to Chris Brown putting hands on Rihanna. Every year since then (except in 2013), Skillz has...

Nike Air Odyssey Vision QS


Nike is good for bringing back archival models and updating them to fit the times without completely reworking the shoe. The Nike Odyssey 87 has been beefed up more than ever but it still feels very familiar.

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OKP Mixtape Exclusive: The Rub Presents Their Official New Year’s Eve Mix!


For the third year in a row, Okayplayer links up with DJ Ayres and DJ Eleven to champion the ultimate New Year’s Eve mix for your earholes.

As audiophiles around the country get ready to embrace 2016, we mark this as the last (and we mean very last) mixtape offering of 2015. With this effort, DJ Ayres and DJ Eleven give us the best and...

KRS-One Interviews Rakim About The Genesis Of His Rhyme Style (Video)


In a moment that can only be described as “surreal,” Rakim and KRS-One had a conversation about the genesis of Rakim Allah’s rhyme flow, while observers looked on in reverent silence.

KRS-One took on the role of interviewer, saying that he’d heard part of Rakim’s rhyme writing style came from Jazz horn playing. From...

Kendrick Lamar Witnessed His First Murder When He Was 5 Years Old (Audio)


Kendrick Lamar recently spoke, at length, with NPR. While fans of Kendrick likely have heard bits and pieces of a number of the subjects Kendrick addressed in the interview, he reflected on a number of deeply personal topics in greater detail than he often does, outside of his most introspective songs.

Putting aside the ominous tone of the...

The Best Freestyles of 2015 Left Heads Spinning and Microphones Smoking (Video)


In Hip-Hop, there are few things more exciting than watching an MC get on the mic and spit a freestyle. The definition of the word “freestyle” has been fluid over the years. Originally, the term was used to denote any rhyme, written or off the top, that was not about any particular subject, i.e., “free of style.” In the...

Pass The Popcorn: Kevin Roper Indicted For Tracy Morgan Accident


Celebrated comedian Tracy Morgan has had an uphill battle after experiencing a life-threatening accident back in 2014.

Since then, the former Saturday Night Live standout performer has regained the usage of his body and mind, and has delivered laughter to millions again as an invited host for SNL. In addition to that, Tracy Morgan has gotten back...

Watch: Dreamville’s Own Cozz Prepare For His Next Album


Los Angeles’ own, Cozz, struck the industry hard with his first album, Cozz & Effect, which was lauded for its rhyme schemes and lyrical themes.

After building his name up in 2013 and creating a demand for his styles the following year, the Dreamville rapper is looking to capitalize on his 2016 with a new project.

Since singing to J. Cole&l...

Kxng Crooked Takes A Rare Jay Z Beat Gets Absolutely Savage (Audio)


2015 has been a relatively quiet year for Kxng Crooked (pka Crooked I). The part-time Slaughterhouse member and full-time wordsmith did not have a full album or mixtape release, though he did drop a few poignant raps about police brutality, trying circumstances he overcame and other substantive messages.

As the year winds down, however, Crooked...

These New Socks Will Pause Netflix If You Chill Too Much (Video)


One major takeaway from 2015’s internet culture is “Netflix & Chill,” a phrase that took on a life of its own in the form of memes, Vines, jokes, and more. For those not in the know, it refers to that all-too-frequent occurrence when two (or more, depending on what kind of party it is) people make plans to hang out and watch...

Lupe Fiasco Claims To Have Three Albums On Deck For 2016


Lupe Fiasco has been acting as his own hype machine on Twitter as of late, enjoying the many perks of his new-found free agency. Late last week, Fiasco claimed the critical and fan darling The Cool would see a sequel…in winter 2017. But never mind The Cool 2, Fiasco apparently has not one, not two, but three new albums en route...

Converse Jack Purcell Duck Canvas


The Converse Jack Purcell is a classic sneaker that doesn’t need bells and whistles to get your attention. For example, the just-released Duck Canvas silhouette isn’t exactly an in-your-face release, but it’s nonetheless a stylish shoe that will boost your wardrobe.

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Busta Rhymes Is Still A Dragon. He Spits Fire Like It’s God’s Plan (Audio)


It’s been a while since Busta Rhymes dropped a lyrical napalm bomb, but the 25+ year veteran MC could not let the year end without reminding all that he’s still a dungeon dragon breathing that fire. Fresh off announcing that he will be releasing a new mixtape on Christmas, titled The Abstract Went on Vacation, Busta drops the...

Timbaland Busta Rhymes Each Announce Christmas Day Mixtapes


While the record labels are traditionally closed over the December holidays, many Hip-Hop artists are hard at work. Christmas Day (December 25) has become a popular release date, especially for digital mixtapes. Two industry vets have eyed up next week’s holiday, with major plans.

Busta Rhymes and Timbaland worked together on The Big Bang&lsqu...

The Year In Review: Okayplayer’s Top 15 Songs Of 2015


As we noted in our year-end look at 2015’s best albums, music was full of impressive outings from the likes of Drake, Kendrick Lamar and celebrated newcomers such as Thundercat and GoldLink. Messages about sexual liberation, angst against police brutality, brokenhearted-ness, and what happens when your girl starts wearing less and going out...

Throwback Thursday: Here’s A Rare Yasiin Bey Freestyle From 1999

Tim Westwood‘s stockpile of cinematic treats and highlights must be insane, as this English DJ has just recently shared a very rare offering for Mos Def / Yasiin Bey fans around the world.

Dropping a megatron bomb better than his American counterpart, DJ Funkmaster Flex, Westwood surprises us all with a truly unique “Throwback...

Killer Mike Bernie Sanders Talk Shop in 6-Episode Mini-Series (Video)


After formally endorsing presidential candidate Bernie Sanders last month, Killer Mike (born Michael Render) has been promoting the Vermont senator’s politics and campaign promises in an effort to galvanize American voters to rally support. In his introductory speech at a Sanders rally in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, Render called...

Nike SB Paul Rodriguez 9 J-Rod


What do Paul Rodriguez and Michael Jordan have in common? Yes, they are both phenomenal athletes, but the answer lies within Nike‘s upcoming SB release that uses the elephant print found on Jordan brand’s most popular colorways.

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Dominique Larue - "Ultimate"

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It's been an extremely productive year for Columbus, Ohio lyricist Dominique Larue, having landed music placements on a myriad of TV shows/channels including HBO, BET, Oxygen, VH1, TLC and MTV. Combined with her latest super-group project "Heresy" released back in August with Monie Love, MyVerse and Carolina Dirty, the self titled EP is available now.
Dominique Larue is ending 2015, and setting up 2016 as she means to go on, with a brand new video and single titled "Ultimate" taken from her upcoming Dub MD presented EP "Blitzkrieg" due for release sometime in 2016, shortly after the collaboration LP with producer J. Rawls titled "Almost There" which drops early next year via HiPNOTT Records.





Duck Down Artists Old New Celebrate By Performing The Hits, For 3 Hours (Video)


How many labels in Hip-Hop can get all of their artists over the last 20 years back together on stage?

Duck Down Music (a/k/a Duck Down Records) celebrated its 20th anniversary this month. On B.B. Kings’ Manhattan stage, founders Dru Ha and Buckshot Shorty celebrated this massive milestone accomplishment with a historic revue. From Boot...

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If I Ever Knew

Brooklyn rapper V. Nova presents "If I Ever Knew", Nova's Crack Factory-produced new single featuring M.O.P. from Koch Era, his forthcoming album featuring Shabaam Sahdeeq and Dark Lo from OBH. Smif-N-Wessun and Uncle Murda guested on previous mixtape Hidden in Plain Sight Volume 3: The New Commission (HIPS3) which boasted videos for "Much More" (watch), "How It Is" (watch), "I Still Love Her" (watch), "Smoke Break" (watch), "The New Commission" (watch) and "Abstract Art", his video featuring Smif-N-Wessun (watch). One other HIPS3 single has also been released - "You Died" featuring Uncle Murda (listen). Part of rap duo BOE & Villa, Nova has worked with Erick Sermon (click to listen to "Vangundy"), MIDI Mafia, Denaun Porter of D-12, Wyclef Jean, Needlz, Mario Winans, Monifa, Rakim, Akinyele, Canibus (click to listen to "Seriously"), Fabolous, EPMD, Papoose, Funkmaster Flex, DJ Enuff and DJ Self. Nova's upcoming mixtape is the third volume of his HIPS series (listen to Volume 1 and Volume 2). Nova describes the track as "another legendary stamp on my feature passport."