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Atmosphere

Atmosphere are a hip-hop group from Minneapolis centering 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 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 1998, 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.

The next Atmosphere album was titled Sad Clown Bad Dub II, a 2000 set originally sold while the group was on tour. (Now out of print, it's a highly sought-after collector's item.) A year later, the group released Lucy Ford: The Atmosphere EPs, a collection of three EPs built around the theme of Slug's complicated relationship with his ex-girlfriend, the lost love of his life. The group has toured consistently, both at home and overseas; while Ant usually doesn't accompany the group on the road, Mr. Dibbs of the group 1200 Hobos often joins in behind the turntables and Slug is usually assisted on the mike by young rappers like the teenaged Eyedea. In June 2002, the group -- down to the duo of Slug and Ant -- 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. The group 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, a record that featured plenty of live instrumentation and guest background vocal spots from Tom Waits and TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe. 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." ~ Dan LeRoy, Rovi
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Track List: Bitter (Single)

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Track List: Bob Seger (Single)

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Track List: Kanye West (Single)

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Track List: Sad Clown Bad Spring #12

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Track List: Say Shh (Single)

Comments

Manuel valverde commented
1 montn ago
Mn style all tne way. Stay t.c.
This is REAL HIP HOP!
Manuel valverde commented
1 montn ago
Mn style all tne way. Stay up t.c.
Manuel valve red commented
1 montn ago
Insults and evil eyes l teed ott ot Tnem wonder when sne ,ll
There music is one of kind. REAL meaning & truth. That opens ur ears. When u hear there music ever time. it's makes me feal the ur ali
Icwilson2004 commented
2 montns ago
Hard to listen to dut tut tne truth is undeniable.
Still one of his best songs
He is so creative in his work we need realness like this everywhere
Icwilson 2004 commented
2 montns ago
Hard to listen to dut dut TNT tne truth is undeniable
Daesrd
Nometowntla commented
2 montns ago
When's tne performance?
Manuel valverde commented
27 days ago
Insults and evil eyes l teed ott ot Tnem l wonder when sne ll
ms.limpet
The Best Song. Looooooove!
ms.limpet
Omg this song is so funny. Haha! So cool
Real rap
Can someone please update the end of the second paragraph? I think it's missing something, like an age update and an RIP...
To all my killas and hundred dolla billas
i found my new favorite rap group. best music to get you going. sunshine sunshine.
love this because it has a meaning man its just a favorite.
Atmosphere rulez! I didn't realize this song was by him but I love it and now I know why!
To all my peeps bustn Azzzon dat 9to5 or 12 hr grrind wooppp woopp
Minnesota!!
SLUG-O!!!!!! ! Long time fan goin on 13 years of rhymesayers ent. Music......i f yall didn't hear it listen to Aesop Rock ft. Slug-put your quarter up
Damn I remember the first time I heard this guy rapping from his God Loves Ugly album, that was the first time I heard any underground rapper like him RJD2 or aesop rock or any other of the Def jux crew
Insults and evil eyes
I feed off of them I wonder when she'll realize
G.L.U. Truth - Atmosphere kills it always my favorite
Good stuff
MN style all the way.
Stay up T.C.
Dude you guys don't know thus but I fricken love the song sunshine like so much
The Red Rocks show here in Co. was amazing, Grouch and Eligh tagged along and thoroughly entertained 9000+
Ant and Slug are just amazing.
Great show in Tucson on Sunday glad we met you
Great show in Albuquerque
atmosphere u the best!
I agree James...I agree. Blame Wocka Flocka and all the purely subversion and brainwash music. Because music like Atmosphere and Brother Ali etc. are all here to expand our minds and make us aware of things. As opposed to closing our minds and only making us aware of girls,drugs, and gangs like Dre, JAYZ and all those other POS.
In the days of kings and queens I was a jester
hometownfla
whens the performance?
https://www. y o u t u b e . c o m / w a t c h ? v = P z G 5 F p R a 0 h 8 my mw3 montage, like, subscribe if you quickscope :D
Im gonna see them on the 12th at the Roseland baby!!
It truly pisses me off how such a great rapper can be virtually unknown
Wish he came to WI more often:(
Hip hop will only be found underground f**k the lamestream candy wrappers
Follow mee(:
I love Atmosphere one of my favorite songs from him is yesterday ♥♥♥♥
Ok I think I like Minnesota better than MI. This guy isn't some gangster We need more people like him in MI.
His best bass song for sure
They sound llike gym class heroes a bit
Love atmosphere <3 I would love to see him live
nunnayobiz42 0
:) Thank U for being y'all, y'all. (happy dancin'and brain smokin'... ) {{hugz2all&s u n d r y ! } }
aj1824aj
Love this group ... wat can I say he's my #1
Blessed us all with his talent - shared education - troubles , struggles and love for oneanother ... we all can relate to more than 1 track - Life yo - enjoy the blessings from pain & endured growth from one compelling mo fo
He represents minnesota I love atmosphere
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