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Atmosphere

A hip-hop group from Minneapolis, Atmosphere centers around rapper Slug (aka Sean Daley). The son of a black father and a white mother who divorced when he was a teenager, Slug became entranced with hip-hop, graffiti, and breakdancing, and formed the Rhymesayers collective (originally known as Headshots) with two high-school friends -- Siddiq Ali (Stress) and Derek Turner (Spawn). After some early gigs as Urban Atmosphere, where Slug DJ'ed behind Spawn's rhyming, the pair hooked up with producer Ant (Anthony Davis) as well as like-minded locals such as MC Musab, Mr. Gene Poole, and the Abstract Pack, forming an underground hip-hop clique dedicated to freestyling, clever and complex lyrics, and anti-gangsta positivity. In 1997, Atmosphere released their debut album, Overcast!, which quickly became regarded as an underground hip-hop classic thanks to Slug's deeply personal, poetic musings, as well as Ant's bare-bones -- but inventive -- production.

Following Atmosphere's involvement with supergroup the Dynospectrum (who released a self-titled album on Rhymesayers in 1998) and Slug's participation in another supergroup, Anticon's Deep Puddle Dynamics (whose full-length The Taste of Rain...Why Kneel appeared in 1999), the next Atmosphere album was a 1999 cassette called Headshots: Se7en. The group also began a series of limited releases (often sold exclusively on tour) titled Sad Clown Bad Dub, beginning with an extremely scarce 1999 cassette. A year later, Atmosphere (now down to the duo of Slug and Ant) released the Ford One and Ford Two EPs, followed by the Lucy EP in 2001. Collected as the 2001 full-length Lucy Ford: The Atmosphere EPs, the three EPs were built around the theme of Slug's complicated relationship with his ex-girlfriend, the lost love of his life. As Atmosphere's following increased beyond underground hip-hop circles, they toured consistently, both at home and overseas; while Ant usually didn't accompany the group on the road, Mr. Dibbs of the group 1200 Hobos often joined in behind the turntables while Slug was assisted on the mike by young rappers like the teenaged Eyedea. In June 2002, Atmosphere unleashed God Loves Ugly, an 18-track effort that returned to previous themes ("F*@k You Lucy"), but also contained the group's most pop-friendly single to date, "Modern Man's Hustle."

By this time indie rap superstars, Atmosphere returned with their fourth album, Seven's Travels, in 2003, followed two years later by You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having. Following the album's success, Ant began regularly touring with the group. They continued to put music out during the next couple of years, including the free download Strictly Leakage in late 2007, a near-party album that they followed up with When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That S**t Gold in April 2008. The record featured plenty of live instrumentation and guest background vocal spots from Tom Waits and TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe; it was also their highest-charting album, hitting number five on the Billboard 200. The "double EP" To All My Friends: Blood Makes the Blade Holy appeared in 2010, with the full-length album The Family Sign following in 2011. In 2014 the group released the album Southsiders, which featured the single "Bitter." The following year, Atmosphere celebrated the ten-year anniversary of You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having by reissuing the album as a four-LP set (including instrumental versions of all the album's songs), in addition to The Fun EP, a picture-disc vinyl issue of an EP of You Can't Imagine outtakes that was originally released as a promo CD in 2006. In 2016 they returned with Fishing Blues, an album that featured the single "Ringo" along with guest appearances from MF Doom, Kool Keith, and Aesop Rock. ~ Dan LeRoy
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Southsiders

1. Camera Thief

2. Arthur's Song

3. The World Might Not Live Through The Night

4. Star Shaped Heart

5. I Love You Like A Brother

6. Southsiders

7. Bitter

8. Mrs. Interpret

9. Fortunate

10. Kanye West

11. We Ain't Gonna Die Today

12. My Lady Got Two Men

13. Flicker

14. January On Lake Street

15. Let Me Know That You Know What You Want Now

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Track List: The Family Sign

1. My Key

2. The Last To Say

3. Became

4. Just For Show

5. She's Enough

6. Bad Bad Daddy

7. Millenium Dodo

8. Who I'll Never Be

9. I Don't Need Brighter Days

10. Ain't Nobody

11. Your Name Here

12. If You Can Save Me Now

13. Something So

14. My Notes

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Track List: To All My Friends, Blood Makes The Blade Holy

1. Until The Nipple's Gone

2. The Major Leagues

3. Scalp

4. The Best Day

5. Americareful

6. Hope

7. The Loser Wins

8. Shotgun

9. Commodities

10. The Number None

12. To All My Friends

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Track List: When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That S**t Gold (Explicit)

1. Like The Rest Of Us

2. Puppets

3. The Skinny

4. Dreamer

5. Shoulda Known

6. You

7. Painting

8. Your Glasshouse

9. Yesterday

10. Guarantees

11. Me

12. Wild Wild Horses

13. Can't Break

14. The Waitress

15. In Her Music Box

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Track List: Sad Clown Bad Winter #11

1. Don't Stop

2. 66th Street

3. They All Get Mad At You

4. Beautiful

5. Ha, This One Is About Alcohol Too

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Track List: Sad Clown Bad Fall #10

1. Peyote

2. Party Over Here

3. Makes The Sun Come Out

4. The Rooster

5. Lyndale Avenue User's Manual

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Track List: You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having

Disc 1

1. The Arrival

2. Panic Attack

3. Watch Out

4. Musical Chairs

5. Say Hey There

6. Hockey Hair

7. Bam

8. Pour Me Another

9. Smart Went Crazy

10. Angelface

11. That Night

12. Get Fly

13. Little Man

Disc 2
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Track List: Seven's Travels (Explicit)

1. History

2. Trying To Find A Balance

3. Bird Sings Why The Caged I Know

4. Reflections

5. Gotta Lotta Walls

6. Keys To Life VS. 15 Minutes Of Fame

7. Apple

8. Suicidegirls

9. Jason

10. Cats Van Bags

11. Los Angeles

12. Lifter Puller

13. Shoes

14. National Disgrace

15. Denvemolorado

16. Liquor Lyles Cool July

17. Good Times (Sick Pimpin')

18. In My Continental

19. Always Coming Back Home To You

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Track List: God Loves Ugly (Explicit)

1. Onemosphere

2. The Bass And The Movement

3. Give Me

5. Hair

7. A Song About A Friend

8. Flesh

9. Saves The Day

11. Breathing

12. Vampires

13. A Girl Named Hope

15. Modern Man's Hustle

16. One Of A Kind

17. Blame Game

18. Shrapnel

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Track List: Lucy Ford, The Atmosphere Ep's

1. Between The Lines

2. Like Today

3. Tears For The Sheep

4. Guns And Cigarettes

5. Don't Ever F**king Question That

6. It Goes

7. If I Was Santa Claus

8. Aspiring Sociopath

9. Free Or Dead

10. Party For The Fight To Write

11. Mama Had A Baby And His Head Popped Off

12. They're All Gonna Laugh @ You

13. Lost And Found

14. The Woman With The Tattooed Hands

15. Nothing But Sunshine

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Track List: Bitter (Single)

1. Bitter

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Track List: Bob Seger (Single)

1. Bob Seger

2. Bob Seger

3. Bob Seger (Instrumental Version)

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Track List: Finer Things (Single) (Explicit)

1. Finer Things (Feat. DeM AtlaS)

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Track List: Fireflies (Single)

1. Fireflies (Feat. Grieves)

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Track List: Fishing Blues

1. Like A Fire

2. Ringo

3. Besos

4. Pure Evil (Feat. I.B.E)

5. Perfect

6. Seismic Waves

7. Next To You (Feat. DeM AtlaS)

8. The S**t That We've Been Through

9. When The Lights Go Out (Feat. DOOM & Kool Keith)

10. No Biggie

11. Everything

12. Chasing New York (Feat. Aesop Rock)

13. Sugar

14. Fishing Blues (Feat. The Grouch)

15. Won't Look Back (Feat. Kim Manning)

16. Anybody That I've Known

17. Still Be Here

18. A Long Hello

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Track List: Kanye West (Single)

1. Kanye West

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Track List: My Best Half (Single) (Explicit)

1. My Best Half

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Track List: Ringo (Single)

1. Ringo

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Track List: Sad Clown Bad Spring #12

1. Less One

2. Good Daddy

3. Carry Me Home

5. Not Another Day

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Track List: Sad Clown Bad Summer #9

1. Sunshine

2. The Number One

3. Rftc

4. Mattress

5. Don't Forget

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Track List: Salma Hayek (Single) (Explicit)

1. Salma Hayek

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Track List: Say Shh (Single)

1. Say Shh

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Track List: Seven's Travels (10 Year Anniversary Edition)

1. History

2. Trying To Find A Balance

3. Bird Sings Why The Caged I Know

4. Reflections

5. Gotta Lotta Walls

6. The Keys To Life Vs. 15 Minutes Of Fame

7. Apple

8. Suicidegirls

9. Jason

10. Cats Van Bags

11. Los Angeles

12. Lifter Puller

13. Shoes

14. National Disgrace

15. Denvemolorado

16. Liquor Lyles Cool July

17. Good Times (Sick Pimpin')

18. In My Continental

19. Always Coming Back Home To You

20. Dmfd

21. On The Battlefield

22. Quiet Pimpin'

23. My Songs

24. A Song We Made With Sage

25. Knock Knock Joke 2

26. Masters Of War (Reinterpretation)

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Track List: The Family Sign (Deluxe Edition)

1. My Key

2. The Last To Say

3. Became

4. Just For Show

5. She's Enough

6. Bad Bad Daddy

7. Millennium Dodo

8. Who I'll Never Be

9. I Don't Need Brighter Days

10. Ain't Nobody

11. Your Name Here

12. If You Can Save Me Now

13. Something So

14. My Notes

15. Millennium Dodo 2

16. Cut You Down

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Track List: This Lonely Rose (SIngle) (Explicit)

1. This Lonely Rose (Feat. Blueprint & Aesop Rock)

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Track List: Trying To Fly (Single) (Explicit)

1. Trying To Fly (Feat. Eric Mayson)

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Track List: Windows (Single)

1. Windows (Feat. Prof)

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I love this song, and then the end hits me every time
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Atmosphere is the best
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nicfrias
One of the greatest
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rjmullion
Been a Atmosphere fan for over 16years
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ATMOSPHERE
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janinediluzi o
Underrated
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The weather is amazing, even the birds are bumping
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But I don't f**k around with my best friend ex
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Is there anyway I can dislike Atmosphere? like the entire artist.
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Don't read this, but if you want to, then go ahead! I love Atmosphere. That's pretty much it. You're welcome.
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My life
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Bombay
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Smart went crazy but where did you go
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Lucy ford isn't about an ex. Slug has said in many interviews Lucy ford (think about it LUCY-FORD) represents his addictions and said Lucy ford can be Any of our own demons we struggle with. That's how deep His music really is.
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Love these fellas !
Mad talent for deep !
Def Jux does it well too.
Peace to the Midwest HH peeps!
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I'm getting it by beats and mitsa basement, gives me like homie Joe and i single gave hands u props, seizure disorder to desire listen ..,.
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Amazing song, brings back memories
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Wow the memories of this song and the times this song has got me through
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Besides my YouTube and
That this song made my dad happy again he was mad over work so I showed him this song and he really likes it thank you so much atmosphere I really appreciate it it also taught my family a lesson I forgot which one they told me
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This was an amazing song if you want to check out my YouTube channel it's scarce
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Atmosphere is the best. Helped me through some rough times.
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I want lyrics back
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rodwbates
Slam Poet!
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The Worst Day could be the best Day.
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I have been listening to Atmosphere since 1999 which is the year my first son was born. Almost 17 years later I find out that my son also loves atmosphere and he found the greatness on his own. I Love that my son knows what good music really is.
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I hope tomorrow is better for you. <3
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kearns_trey7 9 8
It's true the NWO and Illuminati are real and it is happening now the only thing we can do is keep our faith in GOD live by his guidance and our death will be the key to real life... All of this (life on earth) is temporary and everything happens for a reason we have to keep faith and happiness no matter what happens on Earth, if you live by God you will have an eternal life far greater than anything imaginable.
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Don't even mention anticon?
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This song has both placed a smile on my face and a tear on the cheek of my face.. The days are here and not one had shown up to this great feast.. This is the third time that god and thee lord and his holy spirit will be coming to you. Be glad and rejoicing for what was lost is now found and the lord god has prepared for us a life from the revival of death.
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Look up what the nwo is...its on the back of the dollar bill...once u know what it is...learn who the royal families are....then realize everything we know is a lie...and whats in all this positive music of poison and things killing us along with the game being fake and real ppl dont get paid....and how people who talk about thier plan gets taken out....like tupac...mlk. . . a n d jfk...thats right the president... . l o o k at the video again...the Cia agent turns around and shoots him....
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SHINE !......
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Slug is a ill MC- rhymesayers! !
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Every time I hear atmosphere, it's like Slug is talking about my life. Real MCS for life
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Beautiful!!! ! Always pus me in some kind of way. He emits just a great aura....THAN K YOU SLUG!!!!
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Thas whts up there! \../
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Crazy f**kin flow shhiittt thats it puttin out in the atmosphere!! ! ! Lil dirta
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had a bad day ,and made me happy again.
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I LOVE ATMOSPHERE SO MUCH I AM CRYING
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Maybe it's just diverse enough.
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This appears on every hiphop station I have. Its dope but how does he get on every channel like that.
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I am so happy to see so many new comments.. Atmosphere has been in the game sense early 90's and he is still new, still relevant, still bringing in new heads!
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finally quality music :)
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This made my day alot better.
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