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.
Albums
Dan Henig - Paper Planes & Hurricanes EP

Dan Henig – Paper Planes & Hurricanes EP

Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Dan Henig has officially released his new EP, Paper Planes & Hurricanes. Best known for his daring public covers of tracks like Lil Jon’s “Get Low,” Henig built a considerable and loyal following on YouTube through his videos. Yesterday, he finally presented the world with his own original body of work in...
HXLT - HXLT (Album)

HXLT – HXLT (Album)

Life is G.O.O.D. for HXLT (pronounced Holt), a Chicago native who signed with Kanye West last March. HXLT released his self-titled, debut album on Friday to positive reviews. From his self-produced beats to his self-made music videos, we see HXLT’s artistic identity beginning to form. His unique style and determined, ambitious work ethic should make a him...
Yung Lean - Warlord (Album)

Yung Lean – Warlord (Album)

Nineteen-year-old swedish emcee Yung Lean drops a new album entitled Warlord. The enigmatic rapper enlists help from Bladee, Lil’ Flash, Yung Gud and Yung Sherman for the 13-track project. Stream below via Spotify, and as always, drop a comment to let us know what you think.
Jazz Cartier - Hotel Paranoia (Album)

Jazz Cartier – Hotel Paranoia (Album)

Jazz Cartier had a huge 2015. He dropped his debut mixtape Marauding in Paradise, which brought him to the forefront of the Toronto rap scene. Now, it looks like Jazz is poised for a strong 2016 with the release of his sophomore project, Hotel Paranoia. Jacuzzi Le Fleur continues with his dark and pensive feelings...
Future - EVOL (Album)

Future – EVOL (Album)

New Future for your weekend festivities. The Atlanta rapper delivers yet another project in the form of EVOL, an eleven-track album with bangers galore. The body of work contains only one feature – the Weeknd-assisted hit, “Low Life.” Other standout records include “Fly Shit Only” and “Seven Rings.” You can order EVOL for $10.99 now via...
Taylor Bennett - Broad Shoulders (Album)

Taylor Bennett – Broad Shoulders (Album)

Back in May of 2014, Taylor Bennett performed at Champaign’s annual ILLrock Block Party, days before he released his first mixtape, Mainstream Music. Almost two years later, it’s safe to say Taylor is back stronger than ever, releasing his first album Broad Shoulders. After giving it an initial listen, you can really tell that he took his time with this by honing...
Review: Freddie Gibbs - Shadow of a Doubt

Review: Freddie Gibbs – Shadow of a Doubt

Review written by Zane T. (@zaneomaxbaby). Freddie Gibbs is a serial killer. No, not a killer of people — a killer of tracks. Too corny? You’re not understanding. I don’t mean like, “Yo he just killed that beat — murdaaaaaa.” I mean Freddie Gibbs approaches a song like a serial killer approaches a murder. Methodically, single-mindedly,...
Daniel Caesar - Pilgrim’s Paradise (Album)

Daniel Caesar – Pilgrim’s Paradise (Album)

Review written by Mike D. (@YourBestManMike). Have you heard of Daniel Caesar yet? Probably not. The 19-year-old singer/songwriter based out of Toronto only has around 3,000 followers on both Facebook and Twitter, although those numbers seem sure to change. A few weeks ago, Caesar dropped his sophomore release Pilgrim’s Paradise, and the seven-track project packs a harmonic...
Dreamville - Revenge of the Dreamers II (Album)

Dreamville – Revenge of the Dreamers II (Album)

Last night, the good folks over at Dreamville Records surprised fans by dropping their second collective album, Revenge of the Dreamers II. The project features 9 tracks, with verses from J. Cole, Bas, Cozz, and Omen. The project also has guest features from Correy B and Donnie Trumpet, as well as introducing two new Dreamville artists, Ari Lennox and Lute. Check out the project via Apple Music and be sure...
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...
Future & Drake - What A Time To Be Alive (Album)

Future & Drake – What A Time To Be Alive (Album)

Future and Drake deliver a new collaboration album, What A Time To Be Alive. Drake premiered the project on Sunday evening through OVO Sound Radio on Apple Music. You can now purchase the 11-track album via iTunes. How does this body of work stack up next to If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and...
Chief Keef - Bang 3 Pt. 2 (Album)

Chief Keef – Bang 3 Pt. 2 (Album)

As if Bang 3 Pt. 1 wasn’t hard enough, Chief Keef delivers more street certified bars on arguably even better production than the former output. With hard hitting beats from Sosa himself, and Zaytoven across the album, Cozart warbles in autotune and lays down clever lines such as “I’m flexing like I’m Popeye, these krusties...