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Okayplayer is an online hip-hop and alternative music website and community, described by Rolling Stone as a "tastemaker" and "an antidote to dull promotional Web sites used by most artists".[1][2]

The community was founded by The Roots' drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and author Angela Nissel as a loose musical collective in 1987, and evolved into an online community in 1999.[3][4] In 2004, Questlove launched Okayplayer Records as a spin-off of the community, in partnership with Decon.[5][6] After a near-decade hiatus, the label was rebooted in 2012 with Danny! as its flagship artist.[7][8]

This community is made up of recording artists (who keep their official internet homes there), visitors to the site, and individuals who post on the site's message board, the most popular feature of the site.

All of the artists and staff, as well as those who post to the site's messageboard, are considered "okayplayers," or "OKPs" for short. Okayplayer was one of the first online hubs through which fans could interact directly with their favorite artists.[9] Okayplayer has been identified as an online community that allows people to bypass traditional media and network with each other.[10] An example of such a collaboration fostered by the site is the Foreign Exchange project, with Little Brother's vocalist Phonte Coleman and Dutch producer named Nicolay meeting on Okayplayer, and making an album together by sending tracks and verses back and forth over the Internet. The album, Connected, was released before the pair had met in real life.[10]

According to Questlove, the site was originally a medium to chronicle the day-to-day life of his band, The Roots.[9] However, it became a hub for urban music, politics, arts, and lifestyle.[9] In addition to daily blog updates, the site featured popular messenger boards. Based in New York, Okayplayer eventually expanded into a label that produced live events.[9]

The site also hosts affiliated specialists sites: the Revivalist for jazz, OkayAfrica for African music, LargeUp for reggae, and OkayFuture for electronic music.[9]

In 2011, Okayplayer launched its sister site, Okayafrica, focused on African culture, politics, and music.[11]

Okayplayer organize regular tours and an annual Roots Picnic all day event.[12][13][14]

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Hip hop music

Hip hop music

Hip hop music or hip-hop music, also known as rap music and formerly known as disco rap, is a genre of popular music that originated in New York City in the 1970s. It consists of stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping, a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted. It developed as part of hip hop culture, a subculture defined by four key stylistic elements: MCing/rapping, DJing/scratching with turntables, break dancing, and graffiti writing. Other elements include sampling beats or bass lines from records, and rhythmic beatboxing. While often used to refer solely to rapping, "hip hop" more properly denotes the practice of the entire subculture. The term hip hop music is sometimes used synonymously with the term rap music, though rapping is not a required component of hip hop music; the genre may also incorporate other elements of hip hop culture, including DJing, turntablism, scratching, beatboxing, and instrumental tracks.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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The Roots

The Roots

The Roots are an American hip hop band formed in 1987 by Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The Roots serve as the house band on NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, having served in the same role on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon from 2009 to 2014.

Angela Nissel

Angela Nissel

Angela R. Nissel is an American author and television writer best known for her first book The Broke Diaries: The Completely True and Hilarious Misadventures of a Good Girl Gone Broke. She was a writer and executive producer for Scrubs and is working on a television series with Halle Berry, who optioned both of Nissel's books. Nissel also worked as a writer and consulting producer in the fourth season of The Boondocks and is currently a co-executive producer and writer for the ABC sitcom Mixed-ish.

Danny!

Danny!

Daniel Keith Swain, known mononymously as Danny!, is an American rapper, record producer, singer, and composer.

The Foreign Exchange

The Foreign Exchange

The Foreign Exchange is an R&B/electronica/hip hop duo consisting of the American rapper/singer Phonte and the Dutch record producer Nicolay.

Nicolay (musician)

Nicolay (musician)

Nicolay is an electronica, R&B and hip hop record producer from the Netherlands, better known as one half of The Foreign Exchange. Due to his work, Nicolay now resides in the United States.

Connected (The Foreign Exchange album)

Connected (The Foreign Exchange album)

Connected is the first studio album by the Foreign Exchange, a hip hop group consisting of American rapper Phonte from Little Brother and Dutch producer Nicolay. It was released on BBE on August 24, 2004.

Internet forum

Internet forum

An Internet forum, or message board, is an online discussion site where people can hold conversations in the form of posted messages. They differ from chat rooms in that messages are often longer than one line of text, and are at least temporarily archived. Also, depending on the access level of a user or the forum set-up, a posted message might need to be approved by a moderator before it becomes publicly visible.

OkayAfrica

OkayAfrica

OkayAfrica is a digital media platform dedicated to African culture, music and politics. Founded in 2011 by Vanessa Wruble and Ginny Suss as a sister site to The Roots frontman Questlove's Okayplayer, the site has become a popular destination for Africans on the continent and in the diaspora. Today, OkayAfrica is the largest US-based website focusing on new and progressive music, art, politics, and culture from the African continent.

Roots Picnic

Roots Picnic

The Roots Picnic is an annual music festival created and hosted by hip hop group, The Roots. Co-founder, Shawn Gee, and manager of The Roots serves as executive producer of the festival. The festival is held in Philadelphia, their hometown at the Mann at Fairmount Park. The first festival was held on June 7, 2008.

Source: "Okayplayer", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, June 13th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okayplayer.

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  3. ^ Johnson-Roberson, Chris (2012). ""The Lesson's Beef with Women": Misogyny in Online Hip-Hop Discourse". Technomusicology: A Sandbox Journal. Brown University. 3 (1). Archived from the original on April 9, 2013. Retrieved March 15, 2013.
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  5. ^ Strickman, Andrew (2004) "The Roots Make Their "Point"", Rolling Stone, January 30, 2004
  6. ^ "The Roots Launch Okayplayer Records", Glide, January 23, 2004
  7. ^ Johnson, Bill (August 14, 2012). "?uestlove Relaunches Okayplayer Records With New Releases From Danny! and Young Guru". Okayplayer. Retrieved August 17, 2012.
  8. ^ Ramirez, Erika (August 14, 2012). "Exclusive: ?uestlove Announces Okayplayer Records Relaunch & New Danny! & Young Guru Albums". Billboard. Retrieved August 15, 2012.
  9. ^ a b c d e "The Oral History of Okayplayer". Complex. Retrieved January 15, 2017.
  10. ^ a b Menconi, David (2006) "Metropolis now: Halfway through the first decade of the 21st century, we've entered a new techno-cultural age", The News & Observer, January 1, 2006
  11. ^ "Searching for a new sound". The Economist. November 4, 2011. ISSN 0013-0613. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  12. ^ Schafer, Gabrielle (2000) "Tour Dates Set for Okayplayer Tour", Rolling Stone, October 5, 2000
  13. ^ "Okayplayer Tour featuring Dead Prez, Talib Kweli", NME, November 3, 2000
  14. ^ Paine, Jake (2009) "The Roots Bring Public Enemy To Annual Picnic Archived 2009-03-21 at the Wayback Machine", HipHopDX, March 17, 2009
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