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Rapper Sean Daley (Slug) and DJ/producer Anthony Davis (Ant) have been representing Minne-ho-ho with pride for nearly 15 years, inspiring a slew of underground hip-hoppers in the process. The duo has always fit in rather well with the alt-indie rock crowd, thanks not only to their DIY distribution (they own the Rhymesayers label), but also to their aggressive sound and dark, vivid subject matter. Slug’s litany of downtrodden and despicable characters continues, only this time around, he's toned down the rhetoric a bit, trading in some of the anger in favor of introspection — more observer (and participant) than analyst. Musically, the synth-driven beats are more understated as well. The rueful lap-steel guitar on “Painting” perfectly captures the mood of regret, but “Yesterday” (again with acoustic piano) is a soulful, even gentle reminiscence about an old flame, and “Guarantees” has only guitar behind the rhymes. Tunde Adebimpe assists on “Your Glasshouse,” a chilling morning-after lament of spins, chills, dry heaves, and a “phone full of missed calls,” and “The Waitress,” a jazzy, flute-infused reflection, has the distinction of a beatboxing Tom Waits.

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When life gives you lemons...

...bunch'em all together and release it as an album. Atmosphere's stab at the "live band" sound just comes across as a repetative album aimed at the white-university-chick crowd. Every song features Slug whining about some pregnant chick, some emo chick, some ex-girlfriend chick, etc. This is more akin to "Seven's Travels" than the cohesive masterpieces of "God Loves Ugly" or "You Can't Imagine..." You know things are headed for a downturn when one of your favorite artist starts releasing kids coloring books with their album. Been a fan since '97 with albums like Dynospectrum & Overcast!, I'll still say Slug is one of the top 3 lyricists in the game, but the focus round here sniffs more & more boring old working-stiff dad, if not sellout. Their sound grows and evolves as they grow older I know, but so did Metallica's. Slug & Ant just aren't the same without that hunger; this album just sounds like a quick stab to get into college kid's pockets by 2 old tired white guys. I'm sure the 16-20 year old crowd of fans will bug out and disagree with my review, but if you've been a fan the last decade+, you know how much better this could be, and how disappointing Atmosphere has become more often than not. It's like watching your grandparents get so old, slow, repetative, and boring that you have to put them into a home. Oh well, maybe the next one will be on again...

Sean And Anthony Bring Home The Gold

After waiting outside of Fifth Element for nearly three hours, i got my grubby hands on this disk and met the geniouses that made it. Good vibes, good comments on both sides and a handshake competition with Anthony... Listening to it in the car, i was almost mad at myself for admitting that it was perhaps the best album i have ever gotten. If you're low on money, or if you're ignorant enough to not get the entire cd, make sure to get tracks like Puppets, Dreamer, You, Yesterday, Guarantees, and Wild Wild Horses. DON'T HESITATE THOUGH, BUY THE WHOLE THING! You will not regret it, these lemons are golden.

Another Great Album

This is a great album. Slug is one of the best rappers out there. My favorite song is guarantees. You should definitely check out this album and any other Atmosphere albums. If you like atmosphere also check out Brother Ali.


Formed: 1996 in Minneapolis, MN

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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