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Finally. After all those videos and releases the New York group, Upper West, finally drops off their newest mixtape, West Side Stories. The refreshing beats mixed with catchy hooks and dope verses make for one of my favorite tapes of the year. These dudes are oozing with talent and this is only the beginning for them. Make sure you download the WHOLE TAPE! I mean there is a Cool Runnings sample in there…just saying. Hit them up and show your support with a follow on Twitter and a like on their Facebook. - Fresh New Tracks

"Upper West - West Side Stories (Mixtape Download)"

In recent months Upper West has gone from just another no name hip-hop group to being recognized as one of the fastest spreading up-and-coming acts out. While a very few have been surprised by their growth, if you've been paying attention to their grind you really shouldn't be. Upper West has been feeding us nothing but appetizing singles and videos since the summer, and while that's all fine and dandy, it's about time we get a full course meal out of them.

West Side Stories is the NYC duo's debut project and the excitement building up has been nothing short of stellar. With all original beats, hard hitting verses, sick features, and straight catchy choruses, WSS is exactly what we were hoping for. The nine song tape leaves little to be desired and shows just how far Doug and Jesse have come musically.

Take a second out of your day, plug in some bangin' ass speakers, and download this tape. It's a 29 minute emotional rollercoaster that'll keep you hooked until the very last hit. Enjoy.

Highlights: "West Side Stories" / "Home" / "Seasons" / "Slow Down" - Vibe to This

"What You Should Be Listening To Right Now: Cooler Than Sam Adams Edition"

No, "West Side Stories" is not a musical.

It's the new mixtape by Upper West, an emerging hip hop duo that includes college freshman Doug Gleicher, of WashU in St. Louis, and Jesse Fink, of UPenn. With catchy beats, relatable lyrics and familiar sampling tracks, it's hard not to compare these guys to Trinity College sensation Sam Adams, whose most recent track features rap lyrics over a base of the Pixies' "Where is My Mind?"

Both Gleicher and Fink are graduates of the Collegiate School, the swanky all-boys high school on (you guessed it!) Manhattan's Upper West Side. The group's producer, Andrew Underberg (aka "Wonderberg"), is another Collegiate graduate and earned his BA in Music from Brown University.

Upper West has played live shows at several venues already. The boys were a big hit at Choate Rosemary Hall, a boarding school in Connecticut. They have also performed at venues in New York City, and on March 10, they will play at the South by Southwest Music and Media Conference in Austin, Texas.

While producing music, touring and filming two videos, Gleicher and Fink somehow still manage to be real college kids. The former is actually on the baseball team at WashU, and he posts about his busy life on Upper West's Facebook page:

So early but I'm up. Gotta juggle college baseball, music, school, and semi-professional modeling... #theclimb. -DG
"#theclimb" is right. Upper West's new mixtape has earned a slew of positive reviews, and the group already has over 7,500 "likes" on their Facebook page. With the tracks on the new release, the duo pays homage to their roots: "Grew up on 72nd / moved up to 87th ... Grew up on fields of grassy gravel down on Riverside" are a few of the opening lyrics to "West Side Story," the first of the nine songs.

Listeners of the mixtape may feel a bit of déjà entendu: several of the tracks have hooks from familiar songs playing beneath the rap lyrics. "What We Do," for instance, is an adaptation of Beirut's "Elephant Gun," and "Slow Down" is a new take on Death Cab's "Marching Band of Manhattan." Most creative, perhaps, is the fifth track on the mixtape, "Seasons," which is an adaptation of the song "Seasons of Love" from the musical Rent. And children of the 80s and 90s should be sure to catch the intro to the track "Pride" ("I see pride! I see power!"), which features a recording from the best movie about any Jamaican bobsled team ever created. (Yes, it is Cool Runnings).

Check out the video for Upper West's "Slow Down" below, a sure-to-be hit off their new mixtape (go ahead and skip to 1:06 for our favorite part). They say they're not "just another frat rap / More dudes with tank tops and snapbacks" in "What We Do," but after watching the video from their earlier single "I Won't Grow Up" (second video below), we're ...not too sure about that. What is certain is the fact that these guys are talented and will be sure to win the hearts of female first-years across the country. We're one step ahead of you -- download their mixtape right here! - The Huffington Post


The group has one released mixtape, "West Side Stories" in February of 2012. The project was distributed on GoodMusicAllDay.com, FreshNewTracks.com, TheKollection.com, SunsetInTheRearview.com, VibeToThis.com as well as several other notable music blogs.



Doug Gleicher and Jesse Fink of Upper West infuse pop and hip hop to create a sound they describe as "new age hip pop." With original production from Jesse and songwriting from Doug, Upper West has quickly emerged into both the high school and college scene nationally. After the release of their first extended project, "West Side Stories" the group was featured in The Huffington Post in an article entitled, "What You Should Be Listening to Right Now: Cooler than Sam Adams Edition." With a national fanbase much due to features on websites such as GoodMusicAllDay.com, BroBible.com, VibeToThis.com, FreshNewTracks.com, and TheKollection, the duo recently capped off their first spring tour playing shows in cities such as St. Louis, Pennsylvania, SXSW with Flying Lotus in Texas, Virginia as well as their May 2012 headlining event at Sullivan Hall in New York City. Upper West is currently working on their second EP which is set to be released later this summer.