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Royce Da 5'9" & DJ Premier - PRhyme (Album)

Royce Da 5’9″ & DJ Premier – PRhyme (Album)

I remember hearing rumors nine months ago that Slaughterhouse were working on a joint project with the legendary DJ Premier and was amped. Not that I can speak on behalf of all Slaughterhouse fans, but I was ready for new material after their 2012 sophomore release House Party. However, 2014 brought us solo projects from most of the...
Eminem & DJ Whoo Kid - Shady Classics (Mixtape)

Eminem & DJ Whoo Kid – Shady Classics (Mixtape)

Earlier this week on the hastily proclaimed, inaugural “Rap Radar Podcast,” manager and Shady Records co-founder Paul Rosenberg sat down with Elliot Wilson and Brian “B-Dot” Miller for a mammoth 90 minute interview. During the interview, DJ Whoo Kid stopped by and announced he has been working with Shady Records on a 66 (yes, 66) track mixtape....
Campus Requisites: Luka L.

Campus Requisites: Luka L.

The Campus Series was on hiatus, but the wait is finally over — we’re back to let you what’s good in Champaign-Urbana. To kick off our first Campus Requisites installment of the school year, we caught up with UPC’s own Luka L. to learn about his must-haves for life on campus. Whether kickin’ it with friends at Bonnaroo or chatting with Dreamville’s Bas, Luka’s clearly a man...
Pusha T - Lunch Money (Prod. by Kanye West)

Pusha T – Lunch Money (Prod. by Kanye West)

Pusha T had arguably the toughest album of 2013 with My Name is My Name and landed one of the coveted spots on our list of Top 25 Projects. Now, as he prepares for his follow-up effort King Push, we receive another gritty dopeboy anthem. Produced by G.O.O.D. Music mastermind Kanye West (beat is absolutely disgusting, fact), we can...
A$AP Ferg - Perfume

A$AP Ferg – Perfume

The Hood Pope A$AP Ferg  has been one of the most exciting featured artists of 2014 – just listen to his contributions on “Old English” with Young Thug and Freddie Gibbs or “Lac Lac” with Big K.R.I.T., among many others for reference. Now pairing up with DJ Drama for his upcoming mixtape, Fergivicious brings us his first street single...
RL Grime - Kingpin ft. Big Sean

RL Grime – Kingpin ft. Big Sean

If you saw UPC’s recent contest for tickets to RL Grime‘s performance at the Canopy Club Sunday, November 16th and wondered what music this Los Angeles producer masterminds, let this be your introduction. Bringing together industrial sounds of Trap and EDM with ear catching Middle Eastern singing, RL Grime enlists Finally Famous’ lieutenant Big Sean for this hard-hitting single. Whether...
BJ The Chicago Kid - B.A.M. ft. Freddie Gibbs

BJ The Chicago Kid – B.A.M. ft. Freddie Gibbs

Chicago singer BJ The Chicago Kid has consistently released new songs throughout the last two months leading up to his sophomore album The M.A.F.E. Project, but his latest single is a must-listen. Featuring Gangster Gibbs, BJ’s new track is a dark, heavy, and soulful ballad to all the bad girls that tear our souls apart. Stream and download “B.A.M.” via Soundcloud,...
Contest: Win Tickets to RL Grime in Urbana, IL on 11/16

Contest: Win Tickets to RL Grime in Urbana, IL on 11/16

Los Angeles EDM artist RL Grime will be holding down Urbana, IL on Sunday, November 16 for a show at The Canopy Club. Many of our fans will recognize him from his remixes of Kanye West‘s “Mercy” and Chief Keef‘s “Love Sosa.” RL Grime is also releasing his debut album Void the following day, November 17, and will dropping cuts from it such as “Scylla.” Fellow trap...
Skeme - Lifestyle (Freestyle)

Skeme – Lifestyle (Freestyle)

Compton native Skeme, who quietly dropped a pretty solid album at the end of 2013 entitled Ingleworld, hops on Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan‘s “Lifestyle.” Hopefully, Skeme will get the attention he deserves soon. Stream his LA Leakers loosie below.
Ro Ransom - All Dogs Go To Heaven ft. QuESt

Ro Ransom – All Dogs Go To Heaven ft. QuESt

Wait, did you think Harlem’s up-and-comer Ro Ransom was done for a while after dropping new music last week? Although he already announced that Ro Ransom is the Future was the first installment of a trilogy, I don’t think any of us were expecting new music this soon! Featuring Visionary Music Group’s QuESt with a fire verse, Ro Ransom’s sinister...
Big K.R.I.T. - Cadillactica (Album)

Big K.R.I.T. – Cadillactica (Album)

After the release of his debut album Live from the Underground two years ago, it was unclear what Big K.R.I.T.‘s trajectory was for the future. Even after a (very underrated) mixtape in 2013 King Remembered In Time, the uncertainty of KRIT’s progression in hip-hop lingered in the minds of fans and critics alike. “Mt. Olympus” ended...
Jay Rock - Parental Advisory

Jay Rock – Parental Advisory

Jay Rock is finally back with new heat. Fans of Top Dawg Entertainment have been anxiously awaiting music from their the label’s first official artist. His murderous features on tracks like “Shot You Down (Remix),” “Los Awesome,” “I Just Wanna Party,” and “Certified Live” have left fans chomping at the bit for his sophomore release, especially after the...