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Taylor Bennett - Grown Up Fairy Tales ft. Chance The Rapper & Jeremih

Taylor Bennett – Grown Up Fairy Tales ft. Chance The Rapper & Jeremih

Taylor Bennett recently dropped his project Restoration of An American Idol, a nine-track body of work with features from Lil Yachty, Raury, Supa Bwe and more. The Chicago MC taps his big bro for the standout track “Grown Up Fairy Tales,” which you can check out below via SoundCloud. The nearly four-minute song also features fellow Windy City...
French Montana - Figure It Out ft. Kanye West & Nas (Video)

French Montana – Figure It Out ft. Kanye West & Nas (Video)

Last week, French Montana dropped a “Figure It Out” visual with appearances from Kanye West and Nas. Check out the Eif Rivera-directed video above, which features fly cars, private jets, dirt bikes, fine women and copious amounts of Henny and Ciroc. Check out the video above, and drop a comment to let us know what you...
Lil Durk - Shoot Sum

Lil Durk – Shoot Sum

On Lil Durk‘s new track “Shoot Sum,” the Chicago native shows off a rapid fire flow to portray his day-to-day life in Chicago over a Chop Squad DJ-produced instrumental. It’s unclear if this one will appear on Durk’s new mixtape, LilDurk2x, which is set to drop any moment now. Check it out below, and drop a comment to...
Wiz Khalifa - Change ft. Curren$y

Wiz Khalifa – Change ft. Curren$y

Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y link up for a new track titled, “Change.” Listen below via SoundCloud for some 4/20 vibes from the How Fly crew.
SLAM Magazine Presents KOBE

SLAM Magazine Presents KOBE

SLAM Magazine recently dropped what it called a “historic” cover – Issue 198, which featured Drake, DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry on its front. Now, the respected basketball mag is back with a special edition issue, dedicated to Kobe Bryant, who just wrapped up his legendary 20-year NBA career. SLAM Presents KOBE – sure to be...
Air Jordan VIII Custom 'Crying Jordan Meme' Edition

Air Jordan VIII Custom ‘Crying Jordan Meme’ Edition

It was only a matter of time. Yup, somebody crafted a custom pair of Air Jordan VIIIs with the Crying Jordan Meme on the tongues. Shout out to CryingKicks for coming up with these beauties. Though these Js are not currently for sale, they’re still worth inspecting from all angles. Check out the gallery below to get...
Contest: Win Tickets to Flatbush Zombies & A$AP Twelvyy in Urbana, IL on 4/3

Contest: Win Tickets to Flatbush Zombies & A$AP Twelvyy in Urbana, IL on 4/3

Brooklyn-based rap collective Flatbush Zombies will take the stage at The Canopy Club in Urbana, IL on Sunday, April 3rd. Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice and Erick Arc Elliot have built a strong following over the years thanks to their lyrical abilities and progressive instrumentals. In case you’re still snoozin’, head over to iTunes and cop the trio’s latest...
Samkul Live in Urbana, IL on 4/1

Samkul Live in Urbana, IL on 4/1

50 Diamonds and Bottom Boyz have teamed up to host a #50Fridays event Friday night at The Canopy Club in Urbana. Local rapper and UIUC senior Samkul is headlining the concert. If you’re not familiar with his record “Juice,” you can check that out here. DJ Matrix, J Will, Marleyy76 and Luhh’ Mace will also be performing....
Young Thug - Digits

Young Thug – Digits

Young Thug is about to release his highly anticipated mixtape, Slime Season 3. Today, we get a track from called “Digits,” expected to appear on the aforementioned project. Zane Lowe went on his radio show to drop the new song, produced by London On Da Track. Listen below via Apple Music, and as always, drop a comment...
Ty Dolla $ign - Long Time ft. Quavo (Prod. by Metro Boomin)

Ty Dolla $ign – Long Time ft. Quavo (Prod. by Metro Boomin)

LA crooner Ty Dolla $ign recently announced he’d be releasing bonus cuts off his criminally underrated album, Free TC. Today, Dolla $ign dropped one of those tracks – the Metro Boomin’-produced “Long Time” featuring Quavo. Check it out below via SoundCloud, and leave a comment to let us know what you think.
UPC Presents: 2016 March Madness Pool

UPC Presents: 2016 March Madness Pool

Yessir, it’s that time of the year again! Mid-March is upon us, and that means one thing: the NCAA Tournament is back. Even though our beloved Fighting Illini didn’t make the 68-team field, there are still plenty of reasons to tune in. Reason number one? The team here at UPC will be running its third...
Interview: MBK Twins

Interview: MBK Twins

Twin and Money make up the MBK Twins, an up-and-coming rap duo from the Windy City. The identical twins attended high school with Lil Durk, and the three of them are now on tour together. The MBK Twins have two bubbling records at the moment – “My Ex” and “Another Me.” They came to Urbana in...