Welcome to Urbana Poppin' Champaign, Your Premier Urban Channel. UPC was established in May 2010 with a focus on introducing new music to the masses in hopes of creating a better bond between deserving artists and fans. We still believe in that statement, however, in addition to staying true to our roots with a steady flow of music, we now offer our readers the latest in style, art, and much more.
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Top 25 Hip-Hop/R&B Projects of 2015

Top 25 Hip-Hop/R&B Projects of 2015

Happy Holidays from UPC. One year ago, we predicted 2015 would be a major year for the music world. But I don’t think any of us expected the sheer amount of quality albums and mixtapes that came to fruition. Drake and Kanye West failed to deliver their studio albums, but even that didn’t matter. Future...
NBA 2015-2016 Season Preview

NBA 2015-2016 Season Preview

Tell me a story … … is one of the earliest and most common phrases children utter to their parents. As October draws to a close, many kids want to hear stories of ghosts, goblins and ghouls. Other youngsters are more interested in tales of game-winners, gym rats and Gasols. And storylines for the 2015-2016 NBA season are everywhere. Golden State looking...
UPC Unofficial ’15 Champaign Glo' Long Sleeve

UPC Unofficial ’15 Champaign Glo’ Long Sleeve

After a wildly successful drop in 2014, it was only right that we kept with tradition and followed up in 2015 with an exclusive UPC Unofficial design. Once again, we took a different approach and did something that has never been done before with Unofficial merch. To help our friends & fam commemorate the holiday, we’ve released the UPC...
Top 25 Hip-Hop Projects of 2014

Top 25 Hip-Hop Projects of 2014

We’re almost a week into 2015 and it’s already looking like a much more promising year for music. With upcoming albums from Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, Kanye and A$AP Rocky to name a few, it’s arguably going to be a better year than 2014. But before we move forward and discredit 2014’s musical releases completely, we...
JewPac - Snaps (Video)

JewPac – Snaps (Video)

We keep the UPComing posts going tonight as we premiere the latest video from Illinois native JewPac, titled “Snaps.” You may remember JP being featured on “Whatchu Gone Do” by his partner TymaMan when we posted it a few months back. Peep the video above which includes a short intro song with TymaMan himself dropping...
Top 25 Hip-Hop Projects of 2013

Top 25 Hip-Hop Projects of 2013

There’s only a few hours left in the year but there’s no denying that 2013 was an amazing year for music, let alone hip-hop. After a slow and sad 2012, it was only right that we got blessed with new albums from the likes of Kanye, Drake, Tyler & more this past year. The UPC team...
Preview: Pygmalion Music Festival 2013

Preview: Pygmalion Music Festival 2013

In honor of Champaign-Urbana’s upcoming Pygmalion Music Festival being held from September 26th to 28th, we decided to give our readers a preview of what acts we’re looking forward to checking out this year. Read a couple of our editors selections below and be sure to view the full lineup here. Tickets are still available! Major...
Contest: Open for Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) & Royce da 5'9" in Detroit on 6/1

Contest: Open for Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) & Royce da 5’9″ in Detroit on 6/1

Today we present our readers with a contest unlike any other that we’ve held to date. Understanding that many followers of the site are hip-hop fans & artists alike, we’ve decided to support our friends at Rapt.fm by bringing their latest contest to you guys. For hip-hop enthusiasts, Rapt.fm is unlike any other site. They host...
UPC Presents: Your Bonnaroo Survival Guide

UPC Presents: Your Bonnaroo Survival Guide

This article was originally published on June 19th, 2010, as “Bonnaroo 2010: My Experiences and a Survival Guide for Future Patrons” by former UPC editor Thomas B. Cullen. We decided to bring it back as a relevant preview to this years Bonnaroo festival. Enjoy! It’s been almost one week since I got back from this little...
Review: UPC Presents Collab & Listen

Review: UPC Presents Collab & Listen

First off, thank you to everyone who came out last Thursday for our show at the Canopy Club! The UPC team had a great time rockin’ with you all at our Collab & Listen event. Much love to all the DJ’s who performed including our homies The Interns, Epilep[c] and DJ Mellow. Collab & Listen...
Top Tweets of Unofficial 2013

Top Tweets of Unofficial 2013

What initially started as a marketing ploy by local bar owners in the Champaign-Urbana area, has transpired over the years into something that’s been adopted as a major staple of student culture at the University of Illinois. I mean, UPC even participated with our own rendition of gear just for the event. Hopefully by now, many,...