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Review: BadBadNotGood & Ghostface Killah - Sour Soul

Review: BadBadNotGood & Ghostface Killah – Sour Soul

Review written by Brad W. (@Brad_C_Williams). When Toronto jazz trio BadBadNotGood first announced they would be collaborating with Ghostface Killah for a full-length album, I was ecstatic. I’ve enjoyed watching this young group evolve from its first work in 2010 covering Odd Future motifs to its most recent release, III. Also, how many jazz fusion groups break onto today’s music scene, let...
Contest: Win Tickets to DATSIK in Urbana, IL on 2/18

Contest: Win Tickets to DATSIK in Urbana, IL on 2/18

Another week, another contest! Canadian producer and new bass icon DATSIK will be taking the stage at Canopy Club in Urbana, IL on Wednesday, February 18th. Working with the likes of KRS-One, DJ Paul, and Three 6 Mafia, DATSIK has been featured on UPC mixes in the past and will be striking fans with a dance set sure to test your eardrums. The...
Kendrick Lamar - The Blacker The Berry

Kendrick Lamar – The Blacker The Berry

So, Taraji Henson apparently is in possession of Kendrick Lamar‘s highly anticipated second album? Random, but with the greenlight from K-Dot she leaked a song off the album titled “The Blacker The Berry” featuring Terrance Martin, Assassin, and Boi-1da. In this five minute track we find Kendrick right where “m.A.A.d. city” left off – ferociously delivering...
Contest: Win Tickets to Cherub in Urbana, IL on 2/12

Contest: Win Tickets to Cherub in Urbana, IL on 2/12

Hailing from Nashville, TN, electronic-indie duo Cherub will be taking the stage at Canopy Club in Urbana, IL on Thursday, February 12th. Consisting of Jordan Kelley and Jason Huber, Cherub broke unto the scene in 2014: the duo was featured on Complex as well as Life + Times and charted in February with their electric-funk dance hit “Doses of Mimosas.” The tour, appropriately named “Strip to This,”...
Rihanna - FourFiveSeconds ft. Kanye West & Paul McCartney (Video)

Rihanna – FourFiveSeconds ft. Kanye West & Paul McCartney (Video)

We’ve seen these star-studded, multi-genre collaborations in music — major artists from all walks of life have been apt to come together and create the super song (cue Michael Jackson and friends’ banger “We Are the World”). Some succeed, some fail, and others stand out as truly original. I was not expecting ‘Ye, Rihanna, and Sir...
Contest: Win Tickets to RiFF RaFF in Urbana, IL on 2/7

Contest: Win Tickets to RiFF RaFF in Urbana, IL on 2/7

It’s finally happening – Houston, TX rapper, eccentric, and tennis enthusiast RiFF RaFF will be holding down Urbana, IL on Saturday, February 7 for a show at The Canopy Club. Many of our readers will recognize him from his smash hits “Tip Toe Wing in my Jawwdinz,” “Dolce & Gabbana,” and “How to Be The Man.” RiFF RaFF released his debut album in 2014, Neon Icon, and...
Contest: Win Tickets to Porn and Chicken in Urbana, IL on 2/6

Contest: Win Tickets to Porn and Chicken in Urbana, IL on 2/6

Chicago EDM collaborators Porn and Chicken will be bringing their infamous Monday night banger from Chicago down to Urbana, IL on Friday, February 6th for a show at The Canopy Club. Some of you may recognize them from their 2014 singles “Let It Bleed” featuring Justin Traitor and “Leap Frog” featuring Kryoman. Fellow trap professionals Medusa, Miss A, and Positive Vibr8ions will also be assisting by opening...
Cozz - I'm Tha Man (Video)

Cozz – I’m Tha Man (Video)

Los Angeles native and recent Dreamville/Interscope signee Cozz is an up-and-coming emcee well-deserving of your attention. Relatively unknown to the general public four months ago, he burst onto the scene at the end of the year with one of the dopest (and yet still slept-on) efforts with Cozz N Effect. We’re excited to watch the trajectory of Cozz’s career — personally, I think...
Frank Leone - WAR ft. Fighting Illini Drumline

Frank Leone – WAR ft. Fighting Illini Drumline

The regular UPC fan base should already be familiar with Frank Leone – we have  featured his music on our site for the past few years as well as supported his movement here in Champaign-Urbana. You may not know that the team also holds down the Marching Illini (shouts to all our bandos). So, when we...
Review: J. Cole - 2014 Forest Hills Drive

Review: J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive

Review written by Brad W. (@Brad_C_Williams). Those familiar with J. Cole’s discography and career understand how pivotal 2014 Forest Hills Drive is for him before listening to a single song. Eighteen months ago, Cole’s sophomore effort Born Sinner challenged Kanye West’s Yeezus for the top of the charts, and hip-hop fanatics worldwide flocked to music...
John Legend - Glory ft. Common

John Legend – Glory ft. Common

Tensions have been high in the United States, and we’ve seen the best and worst of racial relations over the last three months. However, many musicians are taking action in their own way to make a difference. Everyone from J. Cole to Macklemore has been out protesting with the people, and many have made poignant statements concerning...
Run The Jewels - Oh My Darling (Video)

Run The Jewels – Oh My Darling (Video)

Killer Mike and El-P are arguably the most important hip-hop duo of 2014. These two have not only delivered one of the best albums of 2014 but have been the most active voice of resistance in response to the events in Ferguson, MO. Now, to cap off their US leg of the Run The Jewels tour,...