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Music, Atmosphere paints self-effacing shit gold

Atmosphere paints self-effacing shit gold

On one hand, it shouldn't be surprising that rapper Slug is insecure, considering he has a song called "They're All Gonna Laugh at You," and another that tells the fantastical story of a woman who would rather have sex with…
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Music, Reviewed Brother Ali

Brother Ali

Minnesota's Rhymesayers crew long ago transcended regional status. Its flagship act, Atmosphere, led by rapper Slug, eschewed mainstream trends and won an international fan base in the process. RS member Brother Ali seems destined for the same fate. The albino…
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Music, Reviewed Atmosphere

Atmosphere

Is it any wonder that today's biggest emo lyricists -- Eminem, Anticon's Dose One, and Atmosphere's Slug -- began their careers as battle rappers? After all, the constant personal needling at the hands of opposing MCs had to make them…
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Music, Reviewed Atmosphere

Atmosphere

A few years ago, the idea of rappers hailing from Minnesota was as foreign as subtitled films. So when Minneapolis' Atmosphere wanted to build a music career, it did what any industrious band would: It hit the road, winning its…
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Music, Cold Chillin'

Cold Chillin'

There's the South Bronx, sure, and Brooklyn. Then there's Philly, of course, and Compton and the whole damn Dirty South. There's lots of places you'd expect hip hop to come from. Minnesota is not one of them. But don't put…
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