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Mick Jenkins - Grenade Theory x $3,000 Advice

Mick Jenkins – Grenade Theory x $3,000 Advice

Mick Jenkins teamed up with theMIND and THEMpeople for two new tracks in the Chicago emcee’s first release since his last project, Wave[s]. “Grenade Theory” includes an eerie beat, and Jenkins reflects on current issues in Chicago. Then, Mick provides his “$3,000 Advice” on relationships over a mid-tempo groove for the second track. These songs leave us even more excited for his album...
Interview: Aryay

Interview: Aryay

Earlier this month, we sat down with Mickey Karbal, better known as Aryay, at Caffé Paradiso, a familiar study spot at the University of Illinois. He made his way back to campus for the first time in years, accompanying Brillz and Party Favor on their massive Twonk Di Nation Tour. The former Illinois student said he was relieved that...
Review: GoldLink - And After That, We Didn't Talk

Review: GoldLink – And After That, We Didn’t Talk

Review written by Steven K. (@itsDJKrucial). GoldLink’s debut album And After That, We Didn’t Talk is a stunning hip-hop record. At the same time, it deserves to be credited as more than just a “hip-hop” record. AATWDT is made up of eleven tracks composed by a group of artists whose collaborative efforts to provide a true...
GoldLink - New Black

GoldLink – New Black

GoldLink‘s highly anticipated debut album And After That, We Didn’t Talk dropped Nov. 6 via Soulection. Check out the standout track “New Black” below. The DC native has made a name for himself with fast-paced, rhythmic flows alongside tasteful productions. Check back soon for a full written review of AATWDT.    
A. Chal - Vibe W/U

A. Chal – Vibe W/U

Peruvian artist A. Chal is currently living in sunny Los Angeles, working on his Welcome to GAZI EP, which is expected to drop later this year. His latest single “Vibe W/U” was premiered by A$AP Rocky earlier this week. While Chal has definitely made a fan with A$AP, his new song surely satisfies our ears as well. Check out the track below and the rest of his tunes over...
Brockhampton - Dirt (Video)

Brockhampton – Dirt (Video)

After proving themselves and winning a VFILES talent competition, the seven-member “All-American boy band” Brockhampton was given the opportunity to make a music video for their new song “Dirt”on Fools Gold Records. The San Marcos crew steps up once again for this new track, proving they’ve got what it takes to make some noise in the hip-hop game. Peep the video above, and...
A$AP Rocky - M'$ (Kyral x Banko x G-Rex Remix)

A$AP Rocky – M’$ (Kyral x Banko x G-Rex Remix)

About a month ago, we interviewed the two University of Illinois graduates Kyral x Banko for our exclusive Alumni Artist Series. Two days ago, they released their own mid-tempo rendition to A$AP Rocky’s “M’s,” sending the original in a new, yet familiar direction. It starts fairly open in terms of space, providing a slowed, trill groove that sets the...
Big K.R.I.T. - 86

Big K.R.I.T. – 86

Carefully chosen samples sit alongside a smooth and refined bass line on Big K.R.I.T.‘s brand new release, “86.” The Mississippi rapper lets his southern flows shine verse to verse, a formula which will captivate your ears for the whole ride. Catch Big K.R.I.T. on his Kritically Acclaimed Tour at The Metro in Chicago, IL on November 4th.
GoldLink - Movin' On

GoldLink – Movin’ On

Since his mixtape The God Complex, XXL Freshman GoldLink and his producer Louie Lastic have been turning heads left and right with their unique form of soulful hip-hop. Their newest track “Movin’ On” provides high-energy grooves layered with funky guitar riffs, and of course, the infamous talk box. DC native GoldLink will be accompanying Mac Miller on...
The Underachievers - Chasing Faith x Rain Dance x Allusions

The Underachievers – Chasing Faith x Rain Dance x Allusions

  The Underachievers just dropped a new short film featuring three tracks from their upcoming sophomore album, Evermore: The Art of Duality. The film highlights Issa Gold and AK‘s personal and psychedelic journey through the Mojave desert and Vegas strip, referencing the 1998 film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The three tracks, entitled “Chasing Faith,” “Rain Dance” and...
Kyral x Banko - Low Key Vol. 2: UPC.FM Edition

Kyral x Banko – Low Key Vol. 2: UPC.FM Edition

On Friday, we spoke with University of Illinois graduates Kyral x Banko to hear about what they’ve been up to lately in the music game. In honor of our Alumni Artist Series, we proudly present Low Key Vol. 2: UPC.FM Edition. The mix features a collection of carefully chosen underground bass and hip-hop, as well as some of...
Interview: Kyral x Banko

Interview: Kyral x Banko

For the second installment of our Alumni Artist Series, we checked in with Bennett Kohler and Collin Burdick, two U of I graduates who have developed their own project of unique Electronic/Hip-Hop called Kyral x Banko. Collin and Ben are both currently living in Chicago and crafting tunes daily. UPC: What got you into music production? Kyral: I got into music as...