Brad Req

Finals suck, and if you’re like me, you’re always looking for a way to get a little distracted. Luckily for you guys, the good people here at UPC bring you yet another Campus Requisites installment, this time featuring UPC writer Brad W.

From his Redkin Wax to that sick Girard-Perregaux Gyromatic, there is a distinct, clean and efficient lean to Brad’s requisite list. With no frills and a lot of practicality, Brad is always sure to pack his North Face Isotherm Windstopper Jacket, the perfect tool to combat this oppressive season we call “Illinois’ winter.”

Of course, we are a squad of music aficionados, so I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Brad’s exquisite collection of albums – all of which will make appearances on our year-end top 25 list. Calling on J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T., and Run The Jewels, Brad obviously likes to keep up with his music, and good music at that. But hey, if you see his UPC Sticker, you probably already knew that. Other artists in Brad’s rotation include: Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, El-P, Rage Against The Machine, Cloud Nothings, Sun Kil Moon and Freddie Gibbs. Outside of curating cool stuff like this, Brad majors in English and plans to attend law school in 2015 with a focus in intellectual property and entertainment publishing. But enough for introductions – let’s hear what Brad had to say about his own requisites.

Run The Jewels – “Run The Jewels II” CD: “Quickly scanning over my requisites, it is evident [that] I believe tangible music is alive and well. Nothing compares to the uncompressed, digitally mastered versions of albums – especially when kicking it in my apartment listening to music on my stereo. Plus, I still love opening the packaging, reading the liner notes, and looking at the album artwork. I selected RTJ II because it is my uncontested favorite album of 2014 thus far. Killer Mike and El-P are fantastic, and their collaborative work from the past three years has been fantastic. I will hold off from a full review until UPC releases its year end list, but absolutely give this album listens.

J. Cole – “2014 Forest Hills Drive” CD: “I have been a fan of J. Cole since he released his Come Up/Warm Up mixtapes (props to our fearless leader DJ for first tuning me in). He has shown consistent development and growth with each album release, not only as a lyricist but also as a producer. The album feels like a graduation for Cole – lyrically he’s thought provoking and creates the perfect soundscape to represent 2014’s social tensions in NC. It has been all I’ve listened to in the last ten days, and I’m looking forward to new music from him in the future.”

Big K.R.I.T. – “Cadillactica” CD: “What I said about J. Cole applies to K.R.I.T. as well – DJ handed me “KRIT Wuz Here” in 2010, and since then I have been an avid fan of all of his work. Yes, “Live from the Underground” is not his strongest effort when compared to all of the free albums in his discography, but “Cadillactica” is a beautiful sophomore project. Only listen to this album with the bass up in your headphones. Every track feels like a slowly-marinated masterpiece. Cole’s in my headphones, but K.R.I.T. bumps in my whip ”

UPC Sticker – “I am extremely proud of the work I’ve done with UPC. I am one of the oldest contributors to the website and have seen the squad go from a small blog to share music with the homies to the only legitimate source for urban lifestyle news in Champaign/Urbana. When walking around campus, I’m always looking for dope spots to tag. Buy a sticker pack at our store or stop me while I’m walking campus. I’ll happily give you a stack.”

North Face Men’s Isotherm Windstopper Jacket: “I may not have a dope collection of Jordan’s or an absurd amount of vinyls, but I have enough running gear to outfit an old man’s jogging club. I run anywhere from 40 – 60 miles a week. It’s my time every day to listen to new music, reflect on my day, and clear my mind. This jacket is stylish, light-weight, and surprisingly durable – my go-to jacket for running in whatever weather CU throws at us.”

Redken Maneuver Work Wax: “I’m constantly moving. I need a hair product like me – light, flexible, but tough. I enjoy trying different hair styles everyday, so firm hold is key. When my hair is not too long, I reach for Redkin’s maneuvering wax first. Chances are good that I put this in my hair before leaving the apartment in the morning.”

Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup: “College did not teach me to love Ramen. My dad has been making my brother and I this delicacy since I can remember, and thanks to his wisdom and guidance I have become the world’s leading Ramen chef. While Chili is my favorite flavor, Chicken is always in the apartment. Suggestion – cook some Maruchan Ramen with just enough water to boil out completely. Add a small chopped onion and bell peppers. This recipe elevates any average Ramen meal.”

Girard-Perregaux Gyromatic: “My grandfather and I were really close, and I consider him to be one of the most influential people in my life. When he passed, I wanted to have a keepsake to remember him. He used to wear this Girard-Perregaux watch all the time. It’s not the most flashy or expensive piece I have in my collection, but it has sentimental value. It’s also one of the first watches that did not require a battery to stay charged and is small enough for my tiny wrists. RIP Grampa – wearing this reminds me of you daily.”

Photography by Robert M. If you’d like to be featured or would like to recommend someone, please feel free to reach out to us.