Joe Biden Admits He Regrets Not Running For President

Joe Biden Admits He Regrets Not Running For President

Joe Biden recently admitted that he regrets not being president.

In a report from The Washington Post, during an appearance at Colgate University this past Friday, the former Vice President of the United States discussed everything from the middle class and the digital revolution, before answering a question given to him by the school’s...

Mixtape Monday: Kiefer, Zed Bias, Marcia Carr, Casanova + More

Mixtape Monday: Kiefer, Zed Bias, Marcia Carr, Casanova + More
This week’s Mixtape Monday is a hodgepodge of impressive sets from a formidable crew of producers and selectors.

Kiefer Shackelford follows his Leaving Records debut with one heck of a set for NTS Radio. Meanwhile, Zed Bias pays tribute to peak boogie funk, R&B and pop jams with ’80s Street...

New Video Footage Raises Questions About Michael Brown’s Death

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Photo of Michael Brown courtesy of Twitter.

Two-and-a-half years in the time that Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., a lot of black-and-brown men, women and children have fallen victim to problematic violence by officers of the law. To make matters worst, a second, previous unreported video from the...

Obama Stopped Taking Donald Trump’s Calls After Inauguration

Obama Stopped Taking Donald Trump’s Calls After Inauguration

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Don’t worry, CNN, FOX, NBC and those other publications out there searching for the reason why President Agent Orange has been tweeting pure venom at our former President Barack Obama.

We got you.

In a report from The Wall Street Journal, Obama is seething with rage toward Don...

Okayplayer Supports A Day Without A Woman


The evolution of Women’s History Day is one as storied as the see-sawed evolution and devolution of Women’s Rights themselves. Beginning in 1911, March 8th was declared a day to celebrate women across history and their accomplishments. Our accomplishments have since evolved, our voices have since grown stronger. And while we still...

Bareneise Dixon Becomes First-Ever Black Woman Major At Alabama Police Department

Bareneise Dixon Becomes First-Ever Black Woman Major At Alabama Police Department

A police department in Alabama has elected its first-ever African-American female major.

Bareneise Dixon, a 28-year law-enforcement veteran who got her start as a police operator in Saraland, Alabama, was promoted from captain to major at Mobile, Alabama’s police department, this past Friday.

“I look forward to serving in my capacity as...

“Saint Pablo” The New Kanye West Joint f. Sampha Hits The Web


Pablo is dead, long live “Saint Pablo.” Kanye West‘s new song, presumably named after/dedicated to his newborn child Saint West, has leaked online, featuring vocals from the effortlessly fly Sampha and some classic hip-hop samples (“UFO” anybody?) augmenting the moody piano and bass groove. Classic ‘Ye material,...

Sir Michael Rocks Gets Live On New Single “How Are You So Calm”


I generally like everything Sir Michael Rocks puts out, but he really put his foot in this new one. Sir Michael Rocks brings out that jungle funk on his latest joint “How Are You So Calm.”

If Kanye and Pharrell had a baby in hell watching Animal Planet that was kidnapped and raised by the alley mechanic, that would be me.

The track...

Lupe Fiasco Serves The Competition w/ This “Panda” Remix, “Express”


I swear fo’ god, Panda Express is some of the worst food on the planet. But for whatever reason it’s inspiring some dope music right here, so let me save my hate for the moment. If you are in possession of a radio or have stepped foot in a club in the last few months, you’ve probably heard G.O.O.D. Music’s Desiigner’s...

Kon Boogie

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After debuting his new video for "Into Motion" to kick off his performance at his successful "Spaceships" album release party, Kon has now released the video to the public!

Kon Boogie stays strong on his run of incredibly creative ideas with his new music video for "Into Motion". The video focuses on not Kon but his fans spitting the lines of the song over the "Into Motion" track while Kon is featured actively filming them.





France producers Eskazed and Simon Fraud are Strawdogz, presenting "Music Was The Case", out now on Holistique Music. The song features guest appearances from Chicago emcee Dope Chic (watch the music video for her "Supreme Bounce" single) and Washington DC emcee Yaway (watch the "Supadope" video). The video was directed by Clara Leac, whose "Running Wild" short was nominated to the Palm Spring Short Film Festival in 2013. Originally from Brittany, Strawdogz moved to Paris, where they met Dope Chic and Yaway, who currently also live there. Dope Chic describes her lyrics on the song as "a story about my struggle as an artist from Chiraq moving out to LA, and how it took me around the world to France for success. When I heard the church bells on the track I instantly heard the meaning of the song come into mind." Strawdogz' last release was the dub-influenced "Todo Es Presente" (stream on Soundcloud).



Big Grams, Too $hort + More Turn Out The Roots SXSW Super Jam [Exclusive Photos]


Photos by Vickey Ford for Sneakshot and Okayplayer

Too $hort, Naughty By Nature, Emily King, Ashanti, Talib Kweli & More Join The Roots SXSW Super Jam.

Now that the smoke has now settled upon the 30th edition of SXSW we can officially say it was a historic one. Even the President and his First Lady came down to Austin, Texas to get down,...

Johnny Word

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Born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. John "Johnny Word" Ward, moved to the Manor Park Projects, located in eastern Ottawa (Ontario, Canada) at the age of two. Spending most of his childhood in hoods of the Manor Park and Vanier areas, Johnny began rapping in his early teens with other local kids from the neighborhood. To pass the time, along with smoking joints, drinking forty-ouncers and skateboarding, they would often beat box, rap accapella, and battle rap, late into the night.

It was not long before Johnny became obsessed with rhyming words and eventually began to fill his high-school science journals with verses. Eventually, Johnny started recording, at first using his fathers karaoke stereo, and would sometimes perform his songs, with friends, at high school talent shows etc. Johnny eventually upgraded to a home studio, Protools, setup, which he still uses a version of today to produce his dope sounds from his townhome basement.

Although the sound has been steadily progressing, and the love for the music is just as strong as back in the days, cyphering behind the local Mac's Milk, and he has never really stopped writing or recording, other priorities, such as his three beautiful children; twin boys (2yrs old) and daughter (4yrs old), and his roofing business have taken precedent over the music for obvious reasons. But now, Johnny feels his sound is at a point where it needs to be shared with the world!




Bruse Wane


Wane Enterprises CEO and New York artist Bruse Wane presents "Venom", featuring the late Sean Price and Big Pun's son Chris Rivers. Produced by Kloud Nine Music, "Venom" is the newest single from Earl Manigault Of Rap, Bruse's new album out now on Wane Enterprises. Wane recently leaked Manigault single "Yuu" (listen). Bruse previously collaborated with the Price (watch the music video for "Beast Inside") and Keith Murray (listen to "Return Of The Spitters (RMX)" featuring Keith Murray and Fam-Illy). A native of the Bronxdale Houses Projects in the Soundview section of the Bronx, Bruse founded Wane Enterprises in 2001, hosting events featuring Styles P, Papoose, N.O.R.E, Buckshot and Remy Ma. Bruse says the new album is "for the Hip-Hop lover - those that know what a Hip Hop album is supposed to sound like. Fresh, dope and innovative. I locked in and just touched all bases. Salute to everyone involved in the project, and to the Hip Hop fan all I can say is Enjoy!"


Ever so often the internet delivers a gift that keeps on giving. Case in point: a rare video of Tupac Shakur, Warren G, Richie Rich and Big Syke freestyling in the studio has popped up online.

The rare clip has been around for awhile. Big Syke posted the video two years ago, but it recently caught the eyes of a few hip-hop blogs.

In the visual, the foursome are chilling in the studio until the instrumental beat of Snoop Dogg’s 1993 track “Gz and Hustlas” plays and a cipher sparks up.

Warren G is the first to kick it off with his laid back flow before passing the lyrical baton to Bay Area rap legend Richie Rich. Then it was 2Pac’s turn and he spits a blistering verse that recalls some of his fiery songs like “Bomb First” and “Hit Em Up.”

“I won’t quit, I talk a lot of s— / But I’ll ball it all up, ‘cause I be ready to throw ‘em up / But n—-s don’t want to slang them, ‘cause I bring ‘em / I be 165 but I’m high ‘til I f—in die,” he raps. “So whatchu wanna do, bring your whole f—in’ crew / And my glock will have them n—-s runnin’ up the block.”

Finally, Big Syke, who was a longtime Pac affiliate and a member of ‘Pac’s rap crews Thug Life and the Outlawz, spits his final verse.

Watching four rap legends in the studio together rapping and showing unity with each other is a rare treat. Watch the vintage clip above and enjoy.

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Radiohead Will Embark On A Sprawling World Tour This Spring


It must be something of a personal challenge to be a Radiohead fan in 2016 with the pioneering British ensemble’s much-anticipated ninth studio album still M.I.A.. But fear not, devout heads, Thom Yorke & Co. have something to hold you over: a 22 date tour that spans three continents and boasts extended stays in Paris, London, NYC,...

Sean Price Planet Asia Set Off the Festivities With Serious Lyricism (Audio)


The late, great Sean Price left Heads with a robust discography, thanks to the Brownsville “Bar-barian’s” extensive recording career as a member of Heltah Skeltah, Random Axe, and as a hardworking solo MC. Now, his booming baritone can be heard dropping some new heat in the form of “The Festival,” the second release...

Hillary Clinton Bernie Sanders Are Asked About Climate Change It Gets Heated (Video)


Last night (March 9), the two front-running candidates in the Democratic quest for the presidency squared off in Miami, Florida for the Univision-sponsored debate. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders were both fired up, with the Sanders campaign capitalizing on its recent winning upset in the Michigan primary, a...

Yuna Rocks A DJ Premier Track Better Than Most MCs Do (Video)


Wanderlust – the overwhelming desire to travel – may be one of the most relatable concepts in the human experience. Whether geographically or otherwise, thoughts of arriving elsewhere can be freeing or suffocating, and Malaysian singer Yuna explores that dichotomy beautifully in her DJ Premier-produced single “Places to...

St. Michael Takes It To The Islands w/ “Black Jamaica”


After dropping his long awaited Black Swan Theory LP last month, the homie St. Michael is right back with the new music. The vibes are heavy with this new jawn “Black Jamaica” St. Michael dropped as part of his ‘Earthy Surfy Rock N’ Soul Sundays’ series. Listen as St. Michael takes it to Jamaica on the brief, but...

Nobody Beats The Biz Markie. This Documentary Trailer Shows Why (Video)


For more than 30 years, Biz Markie has been a Hip-Hop multi-threat like no other. The Long Island, New Yorker raps, DJ’s, produces, dances, acts, and sings. While the B-I-Z would ultimately pave the way for everybody from Digital Underground to Devin The Dude, Gnarls Barkley to The Pharcyde, he did so in a way that was PG-13 (if that), and...

D.I.T.C. x O.C. – “Caviar Dreams” (prod. Motif Alumni)


D.I.T.C. puts O.C. out front on the lush true school single “Caviar Dreams” produced by Motif Alumni. The track lands ahead of D.I.T.C. Studio‘s upcoming compilation, which is slated to arrive within the year. The latest from the Diggin’ In The Crates Crew, the track follows the 2014 D.I.T.C. Remix Project LP and...

D.I.T.C. x O.C. - "Caviar Dreams" (prod. Motif Alumni) Okayplayer

This is for those with hard heads, black lungs, and scarred hearts. It's for the dreamers who construct darts on loose-leaf and those revolting against corporate life and casual Fridays. It's Castle's Return of the Gasface, released on Mello Music Group, remixed by Has-Lo with a new track and revamped verses.

The new record tilts at a different angle, but the beats still bludgeon without sacrificing soul. The raps are rugged yet introspective. The North Carolina native's voice is grizzled and shot through with the fatigue that comes from late nights, cigarettes and coffee. Has-Lo's beats coax a deeper melancholy out of Castle's hymns.

This isn't struggle rap, but rather acknowledgement of human struggles. Old soul loops wind around lamp-less alleys, the sound of footsteps pounding, sirens blaring, and guns clutched tightly amidst scathing winter winds. Just when the darkness seems almost too ominous, Castle cracks a smirk. The nocturnal street disciple is the same dude reading The Onion, writing ballads to Homer Simpson's nemesis Frank Grimes, and mocking rappers whose lyrics are so kitsch they're like a graveyard of pink flamingos and garden gnomes.

Don't dismiss this as nostalgia for the 90s. The chops, scenarios, and smoke are all highly modern, but the mood brings to mind classics of the past from Ghostface Killah, Organized Konfusion and Mos Def. It's aggressive and sentimental without being saccharine. Deeply soulful music equal parts smart and sad. HipHopDX already called the original Gasface one of 2013's best and most slept-on records, full of "strong wordplay, comedic wit, and brash demeanor matching the [original] 3rd Bass classic." No need to make the same mistake twice. This is the only Gasface you'll ever want to receive.
released 18 March 2014
Produced by Has-Lo
Vocals by Castle

Album Art by Josh Bayer

Executive Produced by Michael Tolle
Copyright Mello Music Group 2014
tags: beats castle has-lo hip-hop hip-hop/rap mello music group rap return of the gasface soul hiphop instrumental remix


Ziggy Marley


Over the years, we’ve featured tracks by a number of reggae legend Bob Marley’s musical progeny; Julian, Damian, Ky-Mani and Stephen have each appeared at least once on our pages. Today, a fifth member of the clan makes his grand entrance into the Booth. On FLY RASTA, the latest single and title track off his next studio album, David “Ziggy” Marley expresses his faith in Jah and his dedication to the Rastifari way of life, peppering his lyrics with references to the movement’s rites and traditions (“Take the Vow of Separation / Let no razor come upon your head.”). The headliner handles production as well as mic duties, backing his and guest artist U-Roy‘s pious verses with a sprightly, brass-fortified reggae groove. In the accompany visuals, Marijuanaman graphic artist Jim Mahfood creates a canvas inspired by the cut. Craving more? Then be sure to cop FLY RASTA (the LP) on April 15, when it hits record stores and online retailers via Tuff Gong Worldwide.


De La Soul


Pack your bags, ‘cause we’re taking a nostalgia trip. Although Vocabulary Spills is a new release, hearing De La Soul spit over boardwork by the late, great J. Dilla on a track that samples Nas‘s classic It Ain’t Hard to Tell is guaranteed to transport veteran heads back in time to hip-hop’s Golden Age. The verses Dave and Posdnous deliver here should also ring a bell for fans of the veteran trio; they’re lifted directly from The Bizness, a joint off seminal debut full-length Stakes Is High. This cut’s previously-unheard James Yancey backdrop, a simple, yet effective groove driven by gritty guitar loops, imbues Dela’s confident, braggadocious bars (presented through a filter of studio distortion) with a hint of aggression not present in the self-produced original. Vocabulary will be part of the group’s Dilla-inspired mixtape, Smell The Da.I.S.Y. (Da Inner Soul of Yancy), which drops digitally next Wednesday. Fans should also watch our pages for the latest on unscheduled full-length You’re Welcome and Premiem Soul on the Rocks, the De La Soul’s forthcoming street album with DJ Premier and Pete Rock.


Black Milk

Black Milk

Fresh off the heels of his full-length No Poison No Paradise album, Black Milk continues to pull music from his vault. His new EP, Glitches In The Break, will be released digitally on March 4 and 12" vinyl on Record Store Day, April 19.


released 04 March 2014
Produced, mixed and mastered by Black Milk
Artwork by Upendo Taylor



L Orange


In the aftermath of L'Orange's 2014 album The Orchid Days, the After The Flowers EP is a warm vignette- a glimpse into life after the end of the world. Waking up to a surreal heavenscape, our tragic figure searches for his place somewhere between life and death.

Expanding on the themes of love and loss, L'Orange teams up with artists Chuck Inglish, Meyhem Lauren, Red Pill and producer Amerigo Gazaway to bring us a stream of consciousness epilogue to his 2014 album The Orchid Days.

released 09 October 2014

All Tracks Produced by L'Orange
Mixed by L'Orange
Mastered by Studio A