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Shy Glizzy - For Trappers Only (Mixtape)

Shy Glizzy – For Trappers Only (Mixtape)

Washington, DC native Shy Glizzy delivers his new mixtape, For Trappers Only. The 12-track project is produced exclusively by Atlanta’s Zaytoven. This tape bumps, and features from the likes of Ty Dolla $ign and Boosie Badazz add flavor. If you feel so inclined, go back and check out Glizzy’s previous mixtape, Law 3. Listen to/download...
G Herbo - Ballin Like I'm Kobe (Mixtape)

G Herbo – Ballin Like I’m Kobe (Mixtape)

The streets have been patiently waiting, and the day has finally come: G Herbo (aka Lil Herb) has unleashed his highly anticipated mixtape, Ballin Like I’m Kobe. After releasing two freebies that were all over Chicago radio (“Computers “ and “Rollin”), it was apparent Herb was about to drop a project that was going to solidify his spot...
Review: Dom Kennedy - Best After Bobby Two

Review: Dom Kennedy – Best After Bobby Two

Two songs into Dom Kennedy’s new mixtape, the LA Leakers-assisted Best After Bobby Two, I did something you should never do: I started reading the comments. These particular commentators stood out not for their nuanced hot takes, trolling skills, and prodigious insult vocabulary, but rather for their heterogeneity. Almost to a man (or woman), on several...
Review: Juicy J - 100% Juice

Review: Juicy J – 100% Juice

Review written by Zane T. (@zaneomaxbaby) Juicy J is your favorite uncle. He’s the one that never got married but somehow pulls chicks half his age. He’s the one who asks you if you brought any weed to the family Christmas party. He’s the rich one in the family, and nobody really knows how. He’s...
Danny Seth - Perception (Mixtape)

Danny Seth – Perception (Mixtape)

London-born, Los Angeles-based rapper Danny Seth has finally released his new project, “Perception.” The album boasts 17 tracks with features from under-the-radar artists like Jimmy Johnson, Su Bviley and others. On “Perception,” Danny discusses his transition from London to L.A. and the backlash he faced from “supporters” when he moved to Hollywood. The entire tape is an interesting listen...
Da$h - 17 More Minutes (Mixtape)

Da$h – 17 More Minutes (Mixtape)

After releasing the impressive free EP SkrewFace a few weeks ago, Da$h drops yet another project dedicated to the late A$AP Yams (LONG LIVE YAMBO). 17 More Minutes is 12 more tracks full of the gritty bars that we’ve come to expect from the New Jersey emcee. With some sinister production from Thelonious Martin, RandomBlackDude (Earl Sweatshirt), and H.N.I.C., as...
SD - Just The Beginning (Mixtape)

SD – Just The Beginning (Mixtape)

Chicago rapper SD delivers his newest work in the form of a 15-track mixtape entitled Just The Beginning. With production from the likes of Young Chop, Tarentino, Cashmoney AP and more, this project bangs. Stream/download this UPC favorite’s mixtape below, and drop a comment to let us know what you think.
2 Chainz - Trapavelli Tre (Mixtape)

2 Chainz – Trapavelli Tre (Mixtape)

Tity Boi is always cookin’ in the kitchen, and this time he churned up something fresh off the stove. Laced with 16 tracks, Trapavelli Tre is a trunk-rattling, street certified mixtape. Featuring production from the likes of Honorable C-Note, Zaytoven, Mike Dean, and more, this project knocks. Chainz keeps the audience drawn in his witty...
Mick Jenkins - Wave[s] (Mixtape)

Mick Jenkins – Wave[s] (Mixtape)

UPC has been following Mick Jenkins‘ career for a minute now (peep our interview from April 2014), and it’s been fun to see the Chicago native grow as an artist. A year after dropping The Water[s], Jenkins releases the follow-up — his similarly water-themed project, entitled Wave[s]. Stream the nine-track LP below, and if you like what...
Curren$y & Chase N Cashe - Cathedral EP

Curren$y & Chase N Cashe – Cathedral EP

Anyone who is familiar with the New Orleans hip-hop scene knew that this collaboration was coming sooner or later, especially since the artists had been in contact via Twitter over the past few months. Cathedral is a small compilation of raps from Curren$y with production from Chase N, Cashe, and it’s as smooth as church soul from front to back....
Frank Leone's American Supertramp Mix

Frank Leone’s American Supertramp Mix

UPC-favorite Frank Leone came back after an absence this week with a new release in the form of a mix, entitled American Supertramp. Included on the mix are deep cuts from Ibeyi, Death Grips, and of course, Leone himself. Look out for a new video from the young emcee in the next couple of weeks, but for now, sit...
Young Dolph - 16 Zips (Mixtape)

Young Dolph – 16 Zips (Mixtape)

Well, Young Dolph has done it again, full stop. In a summer that has enjoyed it’s fill of excellent rap, Dolph has taken time out from running the skreets of South Memphis to bless us with his excellent new mixtape, 16 Zips. Did Dolph raise the bar for music the rest of the year? Let’s...