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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XXL Unveils 2014 Freshman Class

XXL Unveils 2014 Freshman Class

XXL Magazine‘s staff unveiled its annual list of freshman artists yesterday, a group that will be included in the May/June issue of the magazine. It should come as no surprise that rappers such as Chance the Rapper, Rich Homie Quan, and Isiah Rashad each earned spots in the “Dirty Dozen.” It’s also great to see Chicago artists dominate this year’s list, with four...
Photos: Excision Live in Urbana 4/8

Photos: Excision Live in Urbana 4/8

Last week Excision stopped by The Canopy Club in Urbana, IL for a show, as part of his 2014 tour. As always, UPC was in the house. We sent our photographer Robert M. in to capture the mind-blowing video & lighting installation (aptly named “Executioner”), as well as experience the advertised 150,000 watts of sound....
SLAM KICKS: Basketball Sneakers That Changed The Game

SLAM KICKS: Basketball Sneakers That Changed The Game

Today, the brain trust behind SLAM Magazine releases a new book entitled SLAM KICKS: Basketball Sneakers That Changed The Game. Spearheaded by SLAM editor-in-chief Ben Osborne and pieced together by several notable sneaker writers, the book includes 33 of the most influential hooping kicks of all-time, from the Converse All-Star to the Jordan franchise and beyond....
SLAM Magazine Presents IVERSON

SLAM Magazine Presents IVERSON

SLAM Magazine and Allen Iverson have been linked for some time now. In 1996, SLAM gave AI, still at Georgetown, his first national magazine cover. The publication would go on to feature Iverson on 15 more covers over the course of his career, including the iconic “Soul On Ice” issue in ’99. The basketball geniuses...
Kate Upton "Zero Gravity" Photoshoot for Sports Illustrated

Kate Upton “Zero Gravity” Photoshoot for Sports Illustrated

Kate Upton, American model and two-time Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl (2012 & 2013) is not featured on the 2014 edition’s front cover. However, if you flip the magazine to the back cover, you’ll see the blonde bombshell in a historical photo-shoot to celebrate the publication’s 50th anniversary as the first SI swimsuit model to pose in zero-gravity. The Zero G Experience —...
SLAM Magazine Presents JORDANS Vol. 1

SLAM Magazine Presents JORDANS Vol. 1

For 20 years, SLAM Magazine has been the go-to source for everything basketball. Now they take it a step further by releasing a special sneaker issue titled JORDANS Vol. 1,sponsored by Foot Locker, celebrating Jordans I-VI . With OG kicks in all their yellow, crumbling sole glory and the stories behind them, this is a...
IMPULSE Magazine Fall Release Party

IMPULSE Magazine Fall Release Party

In celebration of the upcoming release of their fall issue, our friends at IMPULSE Magazine will be holding a release party this Saturday, November 16th, in Champaign, IL. Join the IMPULSE staff and their football stars on the cover, Steve Hull and Corey Lewis, at The Clybourne starting at 9:00 pm. The party will feature various giveaways and...
UPC Presents: Chief Fall 2013 Campus Lookbook

UPC Presents: Chief Fall 2013 Campus Lookbook

Looking for some new gear to rock? We’ve got you covered. Much like our drop last season, we’ve decided to do a quick lookbook for the Chief products we have currently available on our online store. This time around we have number of new styles, including two color ways in the Paramount t-shirt (navy & grey) as well as...
Photos: Social Experiment Tour in Champaign 10/25

Photos: Social Experiment Tour in Champaign 10/25

Last Friday, Champaign locals and UIUC students were treated to the biggest hip-hop show so far this semester. As part of the Social Experiment Tour, Chicago native Chance The Rapper made his way down to central Illinois with DJ Spinn and DJ Rashad for their inaugural performance. UPC was also in the building for this special...
Photos: Krewella Get Wet Live Tour in Urbana 10/16

Photos: Krewella Get Wet Live Tour in Urbana 10/16

Last night Krewella performed in front of a sold out crowd at the The Canopy Club in Urbana, IL as part of their Get Wet Live Tour. The night included electrifying performances by the trio, as well as tourmates Seven Lions, Candyland, and Milk N Cookies. Relive the nights festivities again (or for the first time) and...
Photos: Aokify America Tour in Chicago 10/4

Photos: Aokify America Tour in Chicago 10/4

The Aokify America Tour undeniably brought forth the freshest talent in electronic and hip-hop music last Friday on October 4th at UIC Pavilion. Steve Aoki dazzled his Chicago fans with his high energy and dirty beats, as well as Waka Flocka and Borgore, who graced the stage. They showcased their diverse musical talents and ability to command the dance floor. Grammy...
Chance The Rapper Covers Complex

Chance The Rapper Covers Complex

It’s been quite the year for Chicago’s own Chance The Rapper. Since dropping Acid Rap in April, Chance has been the talk of the hip-hop world, earning praise from just about every big name in the industry. This summer, Chano toured with Mac Miller on his nationwide Space Migration tour, linked up with Kendrick Lamar and...