With just a few shows left on the west and then off to kangaroo country, be sure to check out Atmopshere when they’re rolling thru your hood this winter. This video is a 4+ minute freestyle taken a few weeks back at their show in Ft. Lauderdale. –Philaflava
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Outta nowhere comes a brand new Atmosphere song. We all have a better half, it’s just that some of them are absolutely insane for one week out of each month. All we want is some love and in return we just get the big piece of chicken. Peep the new joint and happy and healthy New Years to all of you. –Philaflava
It’s been a Minnesota minute since we last chopped it up with our pal Sluggo. This weekend Atmosphere kicks-offs their Welcome To Florida tour, so it only made sense to mix it up once again as we talk music, touring, Obama and his dislike for Larry David. If you haven’t already checked out Southsiders, you can now stream the album on Spotify or cop on the Tunes. –Jason Gloss
Philaflava: It seems like Atmopshere has this 3 year plan with each release since Seven’s Travels. You drop an album, tour, make music and boom, three years later we got another studio release. Are you still on that path?
Slug: Not sure. I can’t say that we’ve intentionally held on that structure. We always end up putting out extra music between album cycles. I think we just hand shit in and the label talks to itself about when it wants to release the music.
Philaflava: We’ll soon be coming up on a year (6/5/2014) since the Southsiders album dropped. Looking back, are you happy with the response the album received from both the critics and fans?
Slug: I’m genuinely happy with how Southsiders was received. The handful of friends that I absolutely needed to understand it, did understand it. I’ve been on this little red wagon long enough to embrace that we have no control over how strangers interpret our crap. One thing I did notice from reading the reviews was that the age of the critic was maybe-kinda-possibly a factor this time? It seemed like younger writers didn’t care for it, whereas some of the older writers at least tried to understand it and say something nice or constructive about it. I believe that’s par for the course.
I’ll admit I was a late bloomer when it came to Atmosphere. But once I gave them a legitimate shot, I became immersed in their music. Ant is an accomplished producer and an intricate part of their success; whereas Slug is probably considered the groups’ Jagger. The fact remains, as an emcee, he is truly one of the best storytellers hip-hop has today. Fun-loving, generous, guarded, mysterious and occasionally malevolent might describe Slug the rapper, but on this week’s Tuesdays with, I sat down with Sean Daley, the person, to discuss, well just about everything.
Jason Gloss: You’ve collaborated with a lot of artists over your lengthy career. Doom, Eyedea, Print, Vakill, Brother Ali, Sage Francis, Evidence, Murs, Aesop Rock to KRS-One and Buckshot, so which collabo would you consider your personal favorite?
Slug: I’m not sure I’ve ever really had a favorite collaboration with anyone. I prefer making music with friends for the memory that it creates. Songs are cool and fun and shit, but the best part of collaborating is the friendships.
Honestly, I don’t even know if I can play the favorite game when thinking about my music. I kinda feel the same way towards all of my songs, like they’re my kids. It’s like I have a thousand kids. Some are smarter than others, some are cleaner or better adjusted or whatever and some are just complete idiots that I keep locked in the basement.
Atmosphere has a shitload of releases, which one do you find yourself going back to the most?
The only time I ever go back to the catalog is when I need to learn something for the show. Sometimes we’ll decide to pull out some old shit, so I will then go back and peep to see if I even remember the words. Other than that, I leave the past in the past. I find a good laugh in the idea of any rapper rolling around bumping a record they released a few years ago.
“If you ain’t caught the kid live then you losing out.”
Having seen Ev do his thing last week at the Fillmore in Miami I can’t say he’s fronting at all. Cats & Dogs drops on Sept 27th on Rhymesayers. Here is a track with everybody’s favorite new new (not really new) rapper and everybody’s favorite interviewee. Peace to Ev. –Philaflava
Purify Beats tackles some heavy duty work reinterpreting Aesop Rock’s production power. And emerges victorious. He remixed Bazooka Tooth a few years ago and I liked it immensely. It was sparse next to the dense sample barrage of the original and let Ace Rizzlenator showcase his ‘WTF’ worldview.