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Chandler London & Jessiath - Menudo (Prod. Jarofmy)

Chandler London & Jessiath – Menudo (Prod. Jarofmy)

It’s rare that a producer innovates enough to make me like a song based on production alone, but I’ll be damned if Chicago-based (and Urbana-educated) producer Jarofmy didn’t just do that. For this track, entitled “Menudo,” Jarofmy enlists two of Chicago’s more unique voices, Chandler London and Jessiath who compliment the etherial nature of the...
Lupe Fiasco - Tetsuo & Youth (Album)

Lupe Fiasco – Tetsuo & Youth (Album)

My relationship with Lupe Fiasco, like any hardcore fan, has been a roller coaster (see here). Yesterday, however, Lupe brought us his 5th studio album, Tetsuo & Youth. As I proceed with a conscious ear, I am cautiously optimistic. Maybe Lupe’s back, but I’m not all the way done with my first listen and I won’t get...
Phony Ppl - Yesterday's Tomorrow (Album)

Phony Ppl – Yesterday’s Tomorrow (Album)

Who would have thought that in a month where Joey Bada$$ is dropping his debut album, the more exciting release (at least to me) comes from another hip-hop group that went to the exact same Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn as Joey Bada$$, himself. Earlier this week, Phony Ppl bless us with Yesterday’s Tomorrow,...
Frank Leone - Chrimbus (Prod. by Thelonious Martin)

Frank Leone – Chrimbus (Prod. by Thelonious Martin)

Fresh off the release of his debut album Wunderkid, Chicago-based producer and budding phenomenon Thelonious Martin links up with young emcee Frank Leone to bring us an early Christmas gift. Today’s track showcases a more refined side of Leone, whose bars seem to be getting more and more poignant as his art becomes more diverse. Stream...
Campus Requisites: Brad W.

Campus Requisites: Brad W.

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...
Klevah - Golden (Mixtape)

Klevah – Golden (Mixtape)

Probably the brightest star in Champaign-Urbana’s hip-hop scene, Klevah has consistently carved herself out to be a lyrical enthusiast capable of great things behind a mic. One-fourth of the TheGr8Thinkaz collective, Klev brings us Golden her first major project since The W8, and from what I’ve heard thus far, it sounds pretty good. Find Klevah’s description of the tape, as well...
Thelonious Martin - Wünderkid (Album)

Thelonious Martin – Wünderkid (Album)

One of the brightest stars on Chicago’s producer scene is, without question, Thelonious Martin. Previous credits for Thelo include collaborations with everyone from Savemoney and Vic Mensa to Action Bronson, but today, we get his masterpiece Wünderkid. Featuring huge names like Ab-Soul, Mac Miller, and Curren$y, along with unsung heroes like Michael Christmas and Joey Purp, you can expect pretty much...
Frank Ocean - Memrise

Frank Ocean – Memrise

Black Friday was especially great this year, and no, it’s not because your mom bought a toaster for 4 dollars after waiting 12 hours in the cold. Instead, Frank Ocean brings us his first new music in 2 years with a new joint called “Memrise.” Frank’s new album, which has yet to be titled, is...
Dally Auston - Bad MoFo

Dally Auston – Bad MoFo

After the explosion of Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa, both of Chicago’s Savemoney clique, the immediate question becomes: who’s got next from Chicago? While names like Mick Jenkins and Saba are rightfully considered in any conversation, Dally Auston deserves his fair share of attention, as well. Today, courtesy of production powerhouse ThemPeople, Auston, a Savemoney...
Thelonious Martin - Purp Interlude ft. Joey Purp

Thelonious Martin – Purp Interlude ft. Joey Purp

Chicago producer Thelonious Martin has been around for a while. Whether it be producing loosies for Chance, Vic, and the rest of Savemoney, or curating and producing his own album, Thelonious is a master at his craft. Today, he has announced the much-awaited release date for his debut, entitled Wünderkid. This new album will feature the likes...
Frank Leone - Beware (Video)

Frank Leone – Beware (Video)

If your spooky spirit is hanging around a bit too long after Halloween, then Frank Leone‘s got the visual for you. Frank’s new track “Beware,“ the intro off his debut full-length project Enter Wild, is more like spoken word than hip-hop, but he still showcases his prowess with the pen. Keep your eyes peeled for a special UIUC shout-out,...
Frank Leone - Bites, Bumps and Scratches EP

Frank Leone – Bites, Bumps and Scratches EP

Yes, Halloween is a day away. Yes, you’re probably still struggling to find a costume just like I am. And finally, yes, Frank Leone did drop an entire EP of new music last week – entitled Bites, Bumps and Scratches – what must be a homage to college-town-USA’s favorite holiday. While these are just loosies, and not singles...