Photo of Baltimore protest courtesy of Devin Allen via Time Magazine. The name Devin Allen should be very familiar to those who are a part of the Black Lives Matter movement. He was the photographer who took the startling picture you see above during the Baltimore protest of Freddie Gray‘s death. From that moment on, that image was plastered on the front page of Time Magazine, making Devin Allen into our generation’s Gordon Parks. Now, we’re sure he wouldn’t go so far to say that, but in less than two years Devin has become one of Baltimore’s best known personalities. Which … Read entire story.
Photo of Philando Castile courtesy of Twitter / Facebook. Last summer, the world was shocked to see the death of Philando Castile in living color, live on Facebook Live. Now, fast forward, his alleged assailant is pleading not guilty to the charge of manslaughter, as well as pleading to move the trial. Officer Jeronimo Yanez, on leave from the St. Anthony Police Department, has a hearing scheduled for April 3, with a tentative date for trial slated for May 30. His attorney, Tom Kelly, is planning on filing a motion next month for a change of venue from St. Paul, just a few miles from where the shooting happened at. Judge William Leary III denied a defense request to dismiss this case… Read entire story.
Hello, Okayplayers, my name is Jesse Kirshbaum, nice to meet you! I run the Nue Agency, a cultural marketing firm specializing in helping brands utilize music + technology to better connect with their consumers. My team and I are huge believers that tech is the savior to the music business and we obsessively monitor what’s happening in this space. Each week I share some of my findings in my weekly newsletter Beats ‘n Bytes and you can also catch me on a Hot 97 series called Hot In Tech, where I premiere the newest tech products and interview some of the most dynamic personalities in the tech industry. As part of the new, … Read entire story.
More life continues to be the motto as Drake takes his “Boy Meets World” tour overseas to London. In an attempt to seemingly turn the corner on his braggart bars, the 6ix superstar sent some not-so-thinly veiled shots at U.S. Cheesepuff-in-Chief, Donald Trump. As you can see in the clip below, thanks to DJ Akademiks, Drizzy doesn’t specifically call out the 45th president, but it remains pretty crystal clear who he is address during his minute-long rant between songs. Drake on Donald Trump pic.twitter.com/1sCRKtPRBg — DJ Akademiks (@IamAkademiks) February 6, 2017 “Every day I wake up, I see all this bullshit going on in the world. People trying to tear us … Read entire story.
It’s no secret that we absolutely adore Ari Lennox over here at Okayplayer. She was included in our ‘17 Artists to Watch in 2017‘ post to start off the new year, and she is just capable of making her own waves. Powerful voice, confident style and a mesmerizing talent, Ari Lennox, for those who don’t know, is signed to J. Cole‘s Dreamville record label. With two EPs out in the world, one being the phenomenal Pho (play “Backseat” and thank us later) — Ari Lennox proves to be a force to be reckoned with in this game. We’re still vying for a spot to add her into our First Look Friday series, but sooner than later she… Read entire story.
“My future look like Juju in a body suit!” — Royce Da 5’9″ The Slaughterhouse vet kicks off his 2017 with another dazzling murder of your favorite hip-hop beats. If you haven’t heard Royce’s other freestyles over Phresher‘s “Wait A Minute” and DJ Khaled‘s “I Got The Keys,” then be sure to retrace your steps and press play on those. Below, the Detroit Demon goes ham-egg-n-cheese over Migos‘ “Bad ‘N Boujee” and French Montana‘s “Lockjaw” in a cut he calls, “Beats Keep Callin’”. Applying pressure to… Read entire story.
So much new music, so little time. Yet, for 20-year-old rapper Elujay, we will make time for. The Oakland native had his debut single, “Golden,” premiere on Beats 1 yesterday and we couldn’t help but notice how dope this “future beats, eclectic sounds” track was. Produced by Julia Lewis, another uprising talent in Chris McClenney and pianist Kev Choice — “Golden” is described as “future hyphy funk” for its feel-good native + springtime-esque vibes. Told from his perspective, Elujay’s choice cut is an “ode to connectivity and the innate benefits of sharing energy with another person.” … Read entire story.
Photo of Eddie Carmona courtesy of the PICO Network. In this country, there has been furor and anger over the Dakota Access Pipeline, which was going to cut through a wide swath of northern and middle America. Much like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, people were not only concerned for the environment, but also for the sacred burial ground that — through government treaties — established the Standing Rock Sioux as its rightful owners. Better known as #NoDAPL, the grassroots movement rose to fight Energy Transfer Partners and Kelcy Warren‘s attempt to run a pipeline from the Bakken oil fields in western North Dakota to southern Illinois. If… Read entire story.
Photo courtesy of Vickie Leister. “There comes a time when silence is betrayal,” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said in an April 1967 speech during a meeting of clergy at Riverside Church in New York City. Fast forward 50 years and Americans of all backgrounds will gather at Riverside to honor the words + legacy of the Civil Rights champion for the second annual “MLK NOW” event. We’re happy to be one of the few places offering a live stream to view this event if you’re unable to attend or outside of New York City. Led by Blackout for Human Rights and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, the performance and revelatory celebration of… Read entire story.
Photo of Guy Blakeslee taken by Matt Condon. We’re T-minus four days from our perfect union being torn asunder by the president-elect, Donald Trump. To counteract the oppressive and racist views being spewed on an almost hourly basis by him and his ilk, Los Angeles-based musician, Guy Blakeslee, better known as ENTRANCE, released a new song called “Not Gonna Say Your Name” to let all those #MAGAs out there know that real Americans won’t take this mess lying down. “I really wanted to write a song expressing my own feelings about the election and the state of things in our country — like many I was in a state of mourning. I wondered, how can … Read entire story.
Get familiar with the name, Valerie June, Mainstream America. The electric dynamo has come right in the nick of time with a strong batch of original songs. One of which, “Shakedown,” makes its music video debut courtesy today. A highly anticipated offering from her second full-length solo album, The Order of Time, the Steven Lippman-directed clip features Val and her band locked-in-step, flooded in blue-and-green lighting. A tribute to her father, Emerson Hockett, who contributed vocals to “Shakedown,” passed away late last year. In what has been a heavy year for all of us humans, Valerie June’s “Shakedown” absorbs us with… Read entire story.
Another year, another hardcore mix full of dope tunes from the good folks, DJ Ayres and DJ Eleven. Yes, if you haven’t been following OKP’s tradition of dropping a New Year’s Eve mix with a party to ring it all in then stop sleeping! Again, we’re lacing you with the illest sonic offerings from the year’s best and brightest from Anderson .Paak to Chance The Rapper to Travis Scott and more! 2016 was a major, major earthquake full of music that opened one’s mind, one’s heart and possibly changed the game for the next 20 … Read entire story.