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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...
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...
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...
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...
Interview: Kyral x Banko

Interview: Kyral x Banko

For the second installment of our Alumni Artist Series, we checked in with Bennett Kohler and Collin Burdick, two U of I graduates who have developed their own project of unique Electronic/Hip-Hop called Kyral x Banko. Collin and Ben are both currently living in Chicago and crafting tunes daily. UPC: What got you into music production? Kyral: I got into music as...
RL Grime - Kingpin ft. Big Sean

RL Grime – Kingpin ft. Big Sean

If you saw UPC’s recent contest for tickets to RL Grime‘s performance at the Canopy Club Sunday, November 16th and wondered what music this Los Angeles producer masterminds, let this be your introduction. Bringing together industrial sounds of Trap and EDM with ear catching Middle Eastern singing, RL Grime enlists Finally Famous’ lieutenant Big Sean for this hard-hitting single. Whether...
Contest: Win Tickets to RL Grime in Urbana, IL on 11/16

Contest: Win Tickets to RL Grime in Urbana, IL on 11/16

Los Angeles EDM artist RL Grime will be holding down Urbana, IL on Sunday, November 16 for a show at The Canopy Club. Many of our fans will recognize him from his remixes of Kanye West‘s “Mercy” and Chief Keef‘s “Love Sosa.” RL Grime is also releasing his debut album Void the following day, November 17, and will dropping cuts from it such as “Scylla.” Fellow trap...
Carnage Live in Urbana, IL on 11/11

Carnage Live in Urbana, IL on 11/11

It’s no secret that Carnage knows how to party. The energy he gives off on every track he produces and remixes translates to his live shows as well, creating a formidable and intoxicating presence. The Los Angeles-based artist has gone from rocking stages at Nocturnal Wonderland, Electric Daisy Carnival, Coachella, and now to the Canopy...
N.A.S.A. - Hide ft. Childish Gambino & Aynzli Jones (Tropkillaz Remix)

N.A.S.A. – Hide ft. Childish Gambino & Aynzli Jones (Tropkillaz Remix)

N.A.S.A., a hip hop production duo composed of L.A.’s Squek E. Clean and Brazil’s DJ Zegon, links up with Childish Gambino and Aynzli Jones for “Hide” (Tropkillaz Remix). The original song was featured by Rick Rubin in a Super Bowl commercial, and again during the Grammy Awards, but now it’s clear that this beat was designed for a rapper...
Beyonce - Drunk In Love (Diplo Remix)

Beyonce – Drunk In Love (Diplo Remix)

With all he’s got going on between Major Lazer, individual performances, running his Mad Decent label, and fending off twerking girls everywhere he goes, I don’t know how Diplo still has time to make new music. He dropped his flip of Beyonce‘s mega hit “Drunk In Love” last night via his Soundcloud, and it’s an...
Contest: Win Tickets to ƱZ in Urbana, IL on 2/8

Contest: Win Tickets to ƱZ in Urbana, IL on 2/8

ƱZ will be invading Urbana, IL next Saturday, February 8th, for a show at the Canopy Club. The 18+ event all kicks off at 9:30pm. The mysterious ƱZ came up on the Soundcloud scene about 1 year ago, with the amazing ŤɌ∆Ҏ ᶊῌῗ† series. With huge support from DJ’s worldwide, the likes of Diplo, Flosstradamus, Skrillex,...
Keys N Krates - I Just Can't Deny (Video)

Keys N Krates – I Just Can’t Deny (Video)

If you haven’t seen Keys N Krates live, this video should be enough to make you want to change that. The Toronto based group get the crowd POPPING at their shows. I was fortunate enough to check them out at Lollapalooza last year, and it was amazing. “I Just Can’t Deny” has became a big...