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Wiz Khalifa & Curren$y - Live In Concert EP

Wiz Khalifa & Curren$y – Live In Concert EP

Wiz and Spitta have linked up again for the long awaited follow-up to their initial collaborative project How Fly. As expected, Live In Concert is a collection of 6 tunes for you to roll up to. After being released on 4/20, the two have decided to give out a full stream of the album. You can...
Snoop Lion - Reincarnated (Album)

Snoop Lion – Reincarnated (Album)

Snoop Lion‘s new album Reincarnated officially comes out April 23rd but the full album is now available for streaming online, here. Check out the tracklisting for the new reggae album. Snoop gets some features from Drake, Akon, Miley Cyrus, Chris Brown and Rita Ora. The new sound is definitely something to take the time to check out....
The Casket Collection "Coke Wave" Spring 2013

The Casket Collection “Coke Wave” Spring 2013

Due to Casket‘s huge debut with their first collection, Chicago’s fastest-growing fashion brand has released its Spring ’13 lookbook for their new line, “Coke Wave.” Deemed by the founder, Sean Mac, to be luxury street wear with heavy biblical influences, the carefully thought out designs match with a mostly white aesthetic to give off a...
40oz NYC "Numbers" Snapback

40oz NYC “Numbers” Snapback

The new “Numbers” snapback being released by 40oz NYC is simple in design–yet that’s where it gets its appeal. Having formerly been inspired by brands such as Givenchy and Balmain, they continue down this road by getting some design principles from Maison Martin Margiela. Their latest creation is a play off the numbers often associated Margiela numbers...
Kinetics x Keith Haring Foundation x Columbia Anders Falls Jacket

Kinetics x Keith Haring Foundation x Columbia Anders Falls Jacket

Keith Haring has been making some noise with his recent collaborations, and now adds to the list with Kinetics and Columbia. Their new creation, the Anders Falls Jacket, has signature Keith Haring artwork across the waterproof nylon shell with an interior mesh lining. The jacket will be sold solely through the Kinetics flagship store and their online store starting in February.
dertbag "beware the kufi smacka" Spring 2013

dertbag “beware the kufi smacka” Spring 2013

Shot in an aquarium, Philip Post drops this self-directed video lookbook for dertbag‘s Spring 2013 collection titled “beware the kufi smacka.” The Odd Future affiliates drew inspiration from some of their street culture heroes like Cam’ron and Max B for this one. The collection includes graphic tees, pullovers and other various pieces that further exhibit their...
A Bathing Ape Spring/Summer 2013

A Bathing Ape Spring/Summer 2013

Japanese streetwear brand, A Bathing Ape is coming out with some signature and also innovative looks for the warmer seasons approaching. Among the styles, they’ve introduced two new camo styles, aptly titled “hieroglyphic” and “explosive.” For this latest collection BAPE teamed up with a number of past collaborators, including; Gitman Brothers, Ebbets Field, Champion and George Cox. The...
Big Sean - Mula ft. French Montana (Video)

Big Sean – Mula ft. French Montana (Video)

Off of his Detroit mixtape, Big Sean and French Montana collaborate with directors Mike Carson and Mike Waxx to create a trippy vibe to show us how much “Mula” they really have. With 2013 coming up, the anticipation for Sean’s sophomore album Hall of Fame is increasing. Check out the video above and stay tuned for his album in the coming year.
Only NY Knit Headwear Winter 2012

Only NY Knit Headwear Winter 2012

  Looking to keep your head warm this season? Only NY has made a collection of a dozen knit hats for the upcoming winter. Their styles range from some thicker knits to more fashionable street-wear styles. The pricing ranges for each ranges from $18-$28 and can be purchased via their online store. Take a look...
October's Very Own Releases Merchandise

October’s Very Own Releases Merchandise

October’s Very Own has been busy making moves as of late. With Drake signing his label to Warner Bros. Records, the OVO brand will soon take to new heights. They’ve has been preparing a new collection of apparel that has released on their online store. This being what many fans have been long waiting for; the collection includes the signature OVO...
RSVP Gallery x MMG x Rockie Fresh Limited Edition T-Shirt

RSVP Gallery x MMG x Rockie Fresh Limited Edition T-Shirt

Fresh off his Electric Highway tour, Rockie Fresh is celebrating his recent success in style. The latest Maybach Music Group signee has collaborated with RSVP Gallery on releasing an exclusive Electric Highway influenced tee to commemorate the rise of the young local Chicago rapper. The shirts, released today, run for $55 and are extremely limited. Cop yours here. Look for...
Interview: Jocelynn Birks

Interview: Jocelynn Birks

As mentioned not too long ago, UPC is launching a series of exclusive interviews with the University of Illinois students and athletes. Having started in the city of Urbana-Champaign with the original intent to only cater to the University of Illinois, it’s important for UPC to revisit those roots and serve our local community from time to...