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Hodgy Beats - Dena Tape 2 (Mixtape)

Hodgy Beats – Dena Tape 2 (Mixtape)

Back when Odd Future was first starting to garner a little buzz on the internet, Hodgy Beats released a compilation of his early works and called it the Dena Tape. Four years later, we receive the sequel, and this time around, Don Cannon is playing host to give it more of that official mixtape feel.  Hodgy has been steadily improving his...
Action Bronson - Fuck, That's Delicious: Roasted in Santa Monica

Action Bronson – Fuck, That’s Delicious: Roasted in Santa Monica

The latest episode of Bronson‘s web series with Munchies is one of the best yet, not only do we get to hear a brand new song with Alchemist, but he also heads to Camp Flog Gnaw, has a pow wow with actor Simon Rex, and gets tacos with legendary rapper B-Real. For anybody who’s a fan of Action...
BAPE x Puma Fall/Winter 2015 Preview

BAPE x Puma Fall/Winter 2015 Preview

BAPE and Puma are back at it for the next installation of their collaboration, continuing upon the soccer aesthetic from their previous release. This time around, BAPE‘s widely recognized 1st camo print will be highlighted, as you can see above on the backpack and various clothing articles. In addition, the collection will feature models of the Puma Disc Blaze and Puma Blaze of...
Saba - Next Door ft. Lucki Eck$

Saba – Next Door ft. Lucki Eck$

Chicago emcees Saba and Lucki Eck$ have both had a great 2014, releasing arguably the two best mixtapes out of the city this year with Comfort Zone and Body High, respectively. What better way to celebrate than with a collaborative track? They had long been hinting about the song on Twitter and this week it came to fruition. The result is an introspective look...
Lucki Eck$ - Finesse (Video)

Lucki Eck$ – Finesse (Video)

Lucki Eck$ is yet another Chicago rapper who has been creating a buzz lately and it’s no surprise. His laid back, thoughtful delivery really complement the spacey soundscapes well, and capture the city’s vibe in a unique way that somehow feels all too familiar. Let’s just say if one has ever glimpsed into the drug scene,...
Trademark Da Skydiver - Return of the Super Villain (Album)

Trademark Da Skydiver – Return of the Super Villain (Album)

As promised, the homie Trademark Da Skydiver delivered his latest project Return of the Super Villain, which is actually the fourth and final issue of his Super Villain series that began back in 2009. Be sure to check out our interview with Trade, as he describes the sound that he was trying to capture with this album and his newfound independence in...
Interview: Trademark Da Skydiver

Interview: Trademark Da Skydiver

A few weeks ago, I walked into Concord Music Hall and was greeted by the lovely smell of sweet cheeba. UPC had the pleasure of attending the Smoker’s Club Tour in Chicago, and we’ve never seen a more diverse crowd—both young and old gathered in the sold out venue to experience some of the best stoner jams live rap...
Domo Genesis - Under the Influence 2 (Mixtape)

Domo Genesis – Under the Influence 2 (Mixtape)

Back in 2011, Odd Future emcee Domo Genesis released the mixtape Under the Influence, which is definitely one of his better projects to date. Three years later (wow, it’s been that long?), Domo is hitting the fans with the second installment of the free mixtape and this time he’s got some dope features from Mac Miller, IAMSU! and Hodgy Beats. Similar to the...
Earl Sweatshirt - 45 (Prod. by Alchemist)

Earl Sweatshirt – 45 (Prod. by Alchemist)

It’s been a minute since we’ve heard some new music from Earl and the fans have been getting restless, so the OF emcee decided to let this loose, a one-minute record produced by the legendary Alchemist. This duo has yet to disappoint and this song is yet another example of their chemistry. Alc’s strange beats just seem to match...
Jean Deaux - Motel 6 (Video)

Jean Deaux – Motel 6 (Video)

One of the more mysterious creatives coming from the rising Chicago music scene, Jean Deaux has been consistently turning heads with her various song releases as well as features on breakout projects such as Isaiah Rashad’s Cilvia Demo (“Menthol”) and Mick Jenkins’ The Water[s] (“Healer”). With her soulful voice and an uncanny ability to write intricate and...
Young Roddy - Legal Dealing EP

Young Roddy – Legal Dealing EP

Over the past month the Jet Life camp has been dropping mixtape after mixtape, reminiscent of the run their Captain Spitta Andretti had a few years ago when he dropped seven tapes within a few months. After releasing two installments of Saturday Night Car Tunes as well as three free Jet Life collaboration projects, it’s about that time for their rising emcee Young...
Kembe X - Attention Deficit Disorder (Video)

Kembe X – Attention Deficit Disorder (Video)

Kembe dropped “A.D.D.” earlier this year and while it didn’t appear on his EP, it is definitely a banger nonetheless. Drake Connor did his thing on the beat and the Village emcee always comes correct on the mic. Kembe and his crew take you from his hometown South Holland to Chicago for this sharp visual directed by Jimmy Regular.