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.
Campus Series
Campus Requisites: Matt M.

Campus Requisites: Matt M.

It’s been a while since our last installment of campus requisites, but we’re indeed back to introduce you to new UPC writer, Matt M. This UIUC senior hails from the western ‘burbs of Chicago. He’s a longtime metal-head turned rap fanatic. You can catch Matt rocking his Vans, Robert Geller jeans and Club Monaco backpack daily in his economic classes. Matt’s passions...
Interview: Bear Tooth

Interview: Bear Tooth

Outside the classroom, the University of Illinois exposes its students to a unique and growing culture for electronic music. Champaign-Urbana provides a creative network, which has allowed several music producers to work together and inspire one another to express themselves and continually improve their art. For our brand new Alumni Artist Series, we decided to check in...
Campus Requisites: Jordan P.

Campus Requisites: Jordan P.

Hip-hop head Jordan P. is the newest addition to the UPC team, and as a result, it’s only right that we bring you his campus essentials. One slight difference this time around: Jordan goes to school at a different campus. Jordan is a junior at Northwestern University majoring in computer engineering. He hails from Flossmoor, IL, a suburb about...
Campus Requisites: Brad W.

Campus Requisites: Brad W.

Finals suck, and if you’re like me, you’re always looking for a way to get a little distracted. Luckily for you guys, the good people here at UPC bring you yet another Campus Requisites installment, this time featuring UPC writer Brad W. From his Redkin Wax to that sick Girard-Perregaux Gyromatic, there is a distinct, clean and efficient lean...
Campus Requisites: Luka L.

Campus Requisites: Luka L.

The Campus Series was on hiatus, but the wait is finally over — we’re back to let you what’s good in Champaign-Urbana. To kick off our first Campus Requisites installment of the school year, we caught up with UPC’s own Luka L. to learn about his must-haves for life on campus. Whether kickin’ it with friends at Bonnaroo or chatting with Dreamville’s Bas, Luka’s clearly a man...
Campus Requisites: DJ Krucial

Campus Requisites: DJ Krucial

For our next Campus Requisites installment, we met with Champaign-Urbana’s Steven Kveton, known to most as DJ Krucial, to see what are his must-haves on campus. Heavily involved in the DJ community in C-U, DJ Krucial has been making a name for himself spinning at Red Lion, Clyborne’s, and the Red Bull Thre3style University Competition. With his...
Campus Requisites: Robert M.

Campus Requisites: Robert M.

For our second Campus Requisites installment, we stopped to talk with UPC photographer Robert M. to see what he believes is essential to have while walking around Urbana-Champaign. Robert, hailing from Lincolnwood Village of Chicago, IL, is a Graphic Design major/Business minor by day but shreds the streets by night skateboarding, making music, and photographing. Armed with his Nokia Lumia...
Campus Requisites: Eli S.

Campus Requisites: Eli S.

For our latest Campus Series installment, and first Campus Requisites feature, we went ahead and checked out what UPC member Eli S. regards as his essentials to life in Champaign-Urbana. Eli, who hails from the good ‘ol DMV, ventured out here to the Midwest to pursue a degree in Journalism. When Eli isn’t reading things...
Campus Style: Myles G.

Campus Style: Myles G.

20-year-old UIUC sophomore Myles G. is an avid skateboarder, serious hip-hop head, and has a deep affinity for all things fresh. You might catch Myles getting his Tony Hawk Pro Skater on out front of the Ikenberry Dining Hall in his Nike SB Dunk Ray Guns, but more often than not, he’ll be holed up in the Undergraduate Library,...
Campus Kicks: Ashley J.

Campus Kicks: Ashley J.

Ashley J. is a 20 year-old junior at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. When she’s not hitting the books for her Kinesiology/Pre-Physical Therapy major, she’s steadily building up her impressive sneaker collection. From classic Jordans to one of the most highly sought out LeBrons, Ashley doesn’t disappoint even for the most seasoned curator. Continue...
Introducing The Campus Series

Introducing The Campus Series

UPC is proud to introduce the Campus Series, our latest featured column that will highlight aspects of student life at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The series will consist of three categories: Campus Kicks, Campus Style, and Campus Requisites. Keep up with each category by clicking the respective link and following their tag. If you’d...
Interview: Jocelynn Birks

Interview: Jocelynn Birks

As mentioned not too long ago, UPC is launching a series of exclusive interviews with the University of Illinois students and athletes. Having started in the city of Urbana-Champaign with the original intent to only cater to the University of Illinois, it’s important for UPC to revisit those roots and serve our local community from time to...