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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What’s In The Tapedeck: May Edition

What’s In The Tapedeck: May Edition

Obviously we love sharing what we’re listening to with you guys, so our What’s In The Tapedeck column on the sidebar is something we try to update regularly for ya. Realizing that it often goes overlooked (yeah, you gotta scroll a bit to get there), we’ve decided to start incorporating a post each time we...
Interview: A$AP Twelvyy

Interview: A$AP Twelvyy

Photo courtesy of Cortez Visuals In early April at The Canopy Club, New York emcee A$AP Twelvyy opened for Flatbush ZOMBiES on the 3001: A Laced Odyssey Tour. After dropping his new single “Last Year Being Broke” this past New Year’s Eve, Twelvyy is positioning himself for a big year – his new mixtape, 2127301090, is set to drop shortly,...
What’s In The Tapedeck: April Edition

What’s In The Tapedeck: April Edition

Obviously we love sharing what we’re listening to with you guys, so our What’s In The Tapedeck column on the sidebar is something we try to update regularly for ya. Realizing that it often goes overlooked (yeah, you gotta scroll a bit to get there), we’ve decided to start incorporating a post each time we...
Mother Nature, T.R.U.T.H & Klevah Live in Champaign on 4/1

Mother Nature, T.R.U.T.H & Klevah Live in Champaign on 4/1

Champaign’s Mother Nature, a female rap duo consisting of T.R.U.T.H and Klevah, is headlining The Accord on April 1st for The Pygmalion Festival show series. Abnormous, Boycut, Chasin’ Treezz and Jeff K%NZ x GR8SKY will be in the house performing as well. If you aren’t familiar with the artists Champaign has to offer, this is a show you definitely won’t want to miss. Doors open...
Contest: Win Tickets to Flatbush Zombies & A$AP Twelvyy in Urbana, IL on 4/3

Contest: Win Tickets to Flatbush Zombies & A$AP Twelvyy in Urbana, IL on 4/3

Brooklyn-based rap collective Flatbush Zombies will take the stage at The Canopy Club in Urbana, IL on Sunday, April 3rd. Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice and Erick Arc Elliot have built a strong following over the years thanks to their lyrical abilities and progressive instrumentals. In case you’re still snoozin’, head over to iTunes and cop the trio’s latest...
Samkul Live in Urbana, IL on 4/1

Samkul Live in Urbana, IL on 4/1

50 Diamonds and Bottom Boyz have teamed up to host a #50Fridays event Friday night at The Canopy Club in Urbana. Local rapper and UIUC senior Samkul is headlining the concert. If you’re not familiar with his record “Juice,” you can check that out here. DJ Matrix, J Will, Marleyy76 and Luhh’ Mace will also be performing....
UPC Presents: 2016 March Madness Pool

UPC Presents: 2016 March Madness Pool

Yessir, it’s that time of the year again! Mid-March is upon us, and that means one thing: the NCAA Tournament is back. Even though our beloved Fighting Illini didn’t make the 68-team field, there are still plenty of reasons to tune in. Reason number one? The team here at UPC will be running its third...
Interview: MBK Twins

Interview: MBK Twins

Twin and Money make up the MBK Twins, an up-and-coming rap duo from the Windy City. The identical twins attended high school with Lil Durk, and the three of them are now on tour together. The MBK Twins have two bubbling records at the moment – “My Ex” and “Another Me.” They came to Urbana in...
What’s In The Tapedeck: March Edition

What’s In The Tapedeck: March Edition

Obviously we love sharing what we’re listening to with you guys, so our What’s In The Tapedeck column on the sidebar is something we try to update regularly for ya. Realizing that it often goes overlooked (yeah, you gotta scroll a bit to get there), we’ve decided to start incorporating a post each time we...
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...
Flashback Friday: Guerilla Black ft. Beenie Man - Compton

Flashback Friday: Guerilla Black ft. Beenie Man – Compton

For this week’s Flashback Friday, we take you back to 2004 and Guerilla Black‘s hit single, “Compton.” The same Sister Nancy sample from this song is now featured on Kanye West‘s new album, The Life of Pablo (on the track “Famous”). People used to think Guerilla Black sounded a poor man’s Biggie. What do y’all think?
Flashback Friday: Lil' Wayne - Rap City Freestyle

Flashback Friday: Lil’ Wayne – Rap City Freestyle

For this week’s edition of Flashback Friday, we take you back to BET‘s Rap City days, of course hosted by Big Tigger. Peep the video above to watch Weezy spit an ill freestyle (though some of the verse was taken from his song, “BM Jr.”). Let us know some of your other favorite freestyles by dropping a...