Flatbush Zombies New Single

Flatbush Zombies are about to drop their very anticipated second studio album in April 16th, “VACATION IN HELL.” Today they released a single from their upcoming album called “Headstone.” The Flatbush Zombies never disappoint in the music they make. The group consists of Erick Arc Elliot who’s the producer of the group and also raps, Zombie Juice who’s voice is higher pitched and Meechy Darko who has a very raspy voice.
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XXL Freshman 2018 Wants

XXL has been very controversial as of late ever since 2016 Freshman’s class which had a cypher of Denzel Curry, Lil Yatchy, Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, and Kodak Black. Denzel Curry was the one that didn’t fit with the bunch, because of his lyrics which actually were good, but the rest weren’t good, couldn’t stay on beat, or couldn’t understand, because they weren’t clear enough which one would call mumbling. So here are a few wants for this years XXL Freshman Class.  Continue reading “XXL Freshman 2018 Wants”

UIC Radio – Intercollegiate Broadcasting Systems Awards 2017

This past weekend, UIC Radio attended the 2017 Intercollegiate Broadcasting Systems conference in New York City. UIC Radio was nominated for 7 awards. Categories included: Best Specialty Show, Best Show Promo, Best Station Promotional Poster, Best College Radio Streaming Station (More Than 10,000 Students), Best Website, Best Blog, and Best Use of Social Media.

After an educational weekend filled with informative ways to improve your radio station targeted at high school and college students, as well as hosting a panel on blogging, UIC Radio walked away with the trophy for Best Website in the nation and finalist trophies for the six other categories.

From all of us at UIC Radio, we would like to thank all of our readers and listeners for all the support!

It’s Gotta Be The Shoes!! Spike Lee Wins Academy Honorary Award [Video]

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Over the weekend, (November 14th) film director Spike Lee was awarded an Academy Honorary Award at this year’s Governor’s Awards. The award was presented to him by Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, and Wesley Snipes. Will Smith was also on stage, joining in on the historical moment.

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Branko’s Club Atlas World Tour and Interview

Branko's Club Atlas World Tour

Electronic Dance music producer/DJ, Branko, by way of Lisbon Portugal, gives fans and the world a multi dimensional experience with Club Atlas. For your ears, he brings the album Club Atlas. For your eyes, a documentary web series powered by Red Bull Music Academy “Atlas Unfolded.” And last but not least, for your body, to move on the dance floor the “Club Atlas World Tour.” Let’s take a minute to talk about the massively collaborative project and all things Atlas. The album carries 10 tracks, a collective of collaborations with over 20 artists. Recorded in 5 weeks, in 5 different cities… Amsterdam, New York, Lisbon, Sao Paulo, and Cape Town. With tracks like Atlas, Eventually, and Out Of Sight, Club Atlas gives you a dope fusion of cultural sounds like no other. “Atlas Unfolded”, Red Bull Music Academy and Branko takes you along, from the streets to the studio, documenting the production of Club Atlas. And for the world tour, Branko hits up 12 cities in 13 days. With an album, web series and world tour, Club Atlas is not only a triple threat… but a movement!

I got the chance to speak with Branko on everything Atlas, check it below.

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B Roc – Where did it all begin? What got you started in to DJing?
Branko – First I started producing, creating beats on my fathers computer. And I think it’s an obvious transition to go from making beats in to DJing. Then people would ask me to DJ at their parties, back in my hometown Libson. It started picking up and things kept evolving. In 2006 I did this project called Som Sistema, and that was like the first thing that made me get out of the city and travel around the world and do a bunch of shows. And then came the concept, that we take the music we grew up listening to, and the idea of creating Atlas and the web series came to me. It was just like organic steps… and evolution.


B Roc – How do you feel about the tour?
Branko – This is the first time I did a tour in the states, by myself. I wish I had more time to spend with each stop in each city. It’s exciting to play my music for the people… give them a little something different while their on the dance floor.

B Roc – What do you hope fans get from your music?
Branko – I hope the music makes them happy.. or they get what they essentially need from it. But I also look at it as a celebration of diversity. Bringing different music, from different cultures together. I traveled in 5 different cities and recorded it all in 5 weeks. And there’s a big group of people, who all contributed to this album. I kind of see it like… geographical coordinates… like each collaboration, is a celebration of showing how you can put 2 things together and create something new and different.

B Roc – What advice would you give to aspiring DJ’s?
Branko – I feel like, with my music, I’m an aggregator of different scenes around the world. Scenes that are seen as maybe more marginal… or like Belle Funk in Brazil, to Angola South African House. I feel like I’m in the middle of all these things. My advice… get to know your music! So much of our entertainment content is dictated by the same people, and by the same cities, that have created the industry for such a long time. But I think now… with the internet… it put everything on the same level.  Different cultures, different music, is now made more accessible… making it easier for artists to get out there. When I was growing up, I remember watching TV in english! Not understanding a word of it. But it’s all about vibes! What language, is of no matter. You need to find what works, and what is cool for you.

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B Roc – What was one of you most memorable moments during the production of the album?
Branko – I love creating music… that’s usually when I find my special moments. The week I got to spend in Cape Town… just collaborating with different people was really special. It was definitely my favorite, most memorable moment.

B Roc – What is something, you can not leave Chicago without?
Branko – Pizza! I have to have the pizza from Chicago, before I leave. (laughs) …I’m trying to figure out right now, how I’m gonna get some before I go.

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The East Coast Way

For the love of old skool Hip Hop in you, east coast style, Rah DiggaWilliam Cooper, Nas, and De La Soul come through with new music. Grab your Hip Hop bible, as they bring you CLOSER TO GOD and let you know they GOD IT. And Rah Digga ROCKS OUT like an ANIMAL!

Rah Digga and William Cooper team up to bring you their latest track CLOSER TO GOD produced by BP.

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GOD IT is the latest collaboration of Long Island’s legendary trio De La Soul and Queens Bridge very own Nas.

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Rah Digga warms up to her upcoming project… lt can get something like an ANIMAL!  ANIMAL is produced by J Pilot.

@therealrahdigga @jpilot910

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Pharrell Williams 2015 CFDA Fashion Icon Award Winner


Pharrell Williams is the winner of this years CFDA Fashion Icon Award! The Hip Hop mogul and co-founder of both The Billionaire Boys Club and ICECREAM, has an extensive resume within the fashion industry. From his collaboration with G-Star Raw, helping in creating environmental awareness. To his collaboration with Louis Vuitton for Blason Jewelry, which also displayed as an extension to his transition in taste in jewelry. To his most recent collaboration with Adidas, supporting 50 shades of individuality with the Superstar Supercolor Pack… Williams has been busy making waves within the fashion industry… just to name a few!! And with his recent opening of BBC & ICECREAM Flagship store in London, Skateboard P has no plans of slowing down, anytime soon.


This year’s CFDA Awards, the Council of Fashion Designers of America has announced they are honoring Pharrell Williams with The Fashion Icon Award. CFDA honors individuals that have made a most powerful impact on popular culture, on both a national and international scale. Other artists that have been recipients of the CFDA Fashion Icon Award are Lady GAGA and Rihanna. Sean “Diddy” Combs was the recipient of the Menswear Designer Of The Year Award in 2004. June 1st, the CFDA Fashion Awards will be at the Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in New York, NY.

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During New York Fashion Week, Kanye West unveiled Yeezy Season One Collection for Adidas Orginals. The collection has a strong military meets street wear influence. Bomber jackets, loose fit flowing knits, militant style vests are a part of the makings of this sick ensemble. The Yeezy Boost are found to be very cohesive to the Season One Collection. The exclusive Yeezy Boost Low were also a part of the introduction to the collection. Stay tuned for more releases from the mastermind we call Yeezus.

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During the fashion show he also debuted his latest single “Wolves”. Check the audio…

Listening to “Wolves” featuring Sia and Vic Mensa, it gives off the feel of a “808’s and Heartbreak” meets “Yeezus” type of fusion. With Yeezy Season One Collection, meets Yeezy Boost, meets Wolves… its  quite clear as to where Yeezy is going with this! West is making it clear that Adidas is his new home. Def looking forward to more ILL ISH from Mr. West.

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Frantic Friday: Elseware “Anxious”


Why am I so anxious? I’m sitting here watching the minutes tick by, synchronized to the clap snare of this track. It’s interesting because it lacks a chorus in a way and builds up to, basically nothing, and that gets me kind of anxious. Until the song breaks down into something entirely different, that is. Que the rewind button. Again.

Yet another new NYC duo, delivering a kind of out there pop music. It’s a really solid debut, and only time will tell how they follow up to it. Overall, vocals that are easy on the ears, infectious drumbeat, and interesting structure. Give it a listen or two, or five.

Feel Friday : My Pain Goes Away

After sending a ripple throughout the music scene with their debut earlier this week, NYC duo Refs certainly has a future ahead of them. Featuring Zachary Andrew of Black Light Dinner Party, it’s clear where the duo  finds its roots.

Easing you into a somber burial of thought, you might expect this song to accompany a funeral procession. Just when you think you’ve died, the beat kicks in, and its simplicity carries lively vocals accompanied by chime like keys.

Call me anytime you want
Cause my pain goes away

It’ll probably get thrown into that “sad” category on the first listen, and can definitely bring down your mood a bit. But being down means you can only move up, and the song gives a sense of empowerment and hope. Much like Chicago winters, pain also eventually goes away.

Pain Goes Away just might get you over the syllabus week ending blues, and it fits in nicely with the grey clouds these days. They’ll be there for a while, but with aspiring artists like Refs, there’s always a silver lining.