Today ?uestlove of The Roots announced the formal re-launch of his label Okayplayer Records after an 8-year hiatus. The digital-only label's first releases are by Atlanta-based rapper and producer Danny! and recording engineer Young Guru
Danny!'s "Payback" is slated to drop on Sept. 25 and an instrumental album of breakbeats from Young Guru entitled "Essentials Vol 1" is due out Oct. 9th.
Okayplayer was founded in 1999 by ?uestlove with the goal of creating a forum for like-minded artists to communicate directly with fans. The venture has since worked with such artists as Common, Erykah Badu, D'Angelo, Yasiin Bey ( Mos Def) and Jill Scott. The project has grown to include Okayplayer TV, an online store, a live production arm (that produces the annual Roots Picnic amongst other shows) and the launch of four sister sites, including Okayafrica.com.