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FKi 1st & NJOMZA - For What It's Worth (Video)

FKi 1st & NJOMZA – For What It’s Worth (Video)

If you’re not yet familiar with Atlanta producer-turned-rapper FKi 1st, that will change soon. The man helped put Post Malone on the map by co-producing “White Iverson.” He also crafted the instrumental for 2 Chainz‘ “Watch Out,” as well as music for a slew of other hip-hop stars. But now it’s FKi’s turn. Earlier this week, he released “For What it’s...
Hundred Waters - Show Me Love (Remix) ft. Skrillex, Chance The Rapper, Moses Sumney & Robin Hannibal

Hundred Waters – Show Me Love (Remix) ft. Skrillex, Chance The Rapper, Moses Sumney & Robin Hannibal

Skrillex recently made his directorial debut by releasing the video to his remix of Hundred Waters’ “Show Me Love.” The remix features verses from Moses Sumney and Chance The Rapper. The feel-good track brings nothing but great vibes and is perfect for your upcoming summer playlists. Check out the video above, and be sure to drop a comment to let us know...
Knox Fortune - Seaglass

Knox Fortune – Seaglass

Trust me when I say Knox Fortune is a name you are going to want to remember. Hailing from Chicago, the producer and singer has just released his first track Seaglass from his upcoming LP. Knox has worked with many of the talented artists that Chicago has been mass-producing, including Joey Purp, Kami de Chukwu and Towkio. Not only...
Gramatik Live in Urbana, IL on 3/3

Gramatik Live in Urbana, IL on 3/3

The last time EDM sensation Gramatik performed in Champaign-Urbana, he was tearing up Oregon Street at the 2015 ILL Rock Block Party. The 31-year-old Slovenian artist is slated for his return to The Canopy Club this Thursday, March 3. Known for his mixture of electro thumps and hip-hop beats, Gramatik recently finished his new album Epigram and will...
Baauer - Kung Fu ft. Future & Pusha T

Baauer – Kung Fu ft. Future & Pusha T

“Kung Fu” could be Baauer’s next club banger. The song debuted on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show yesterday. The beat alone is hypnotic, but the Future/Pusha T features are what put the track over the top. The three come together on this record for Baauer’s upcoming debut album, Aa. Let’s hope there’s more of this to come once...
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...
Preview: Freaky Deaky Music Fest

Preview: Freaky Deaky Music Fest

The folks over at React Presents have outdone themselves this year for their annual Freaky Deaky Halloween bash. They have expanded to a three-day festival with three stages, and they have moved the venue to Toyota Park, home of the Chicago Fire. The lineup is better than ever, with so many top-notch artists it’s making...
Interview: Povi

Interview: Povi

This past Wednesday, downtown Champaign’s High Dive hosted the second stop of the Red Bull Sound Select Tour. Red Bull Sound Select is a project that brings upcoming artists out of their local scenes to showcase their music. Last week, Chambana welcomed SZA and introduced to two rising artists, Povi and Lizzo. UPC got the chance...
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...
Benny Benassi & Chris Brown - Paradise

Benny Benassi & Chris Brown – Paradise

Benny Benassi and Chris Brown link up for the EDM banger, “Paradise.” This collaboration is sure to have international pop appeal as a feel-good song with a catchy hook, bouncy instrumental and all-too-important beat drop. Whether or not you like C. Breezy’s behavior out of the studio, you’ve gotta admit that he’s one of the more...
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...