10 Essential Slug Verses
Minnesota isn't exactly a fertile land for rap music, but they did produce Slug. Along with DJ/producer Ant, the two are known as Atmosphere, the alternative hip hop duo that has left a massive footprint on music.
Brother Ali, Atmosphere To Headline Rhymesayers 20th Anniversary Concert
Rhymesayers is one of the most widely-respected independent labels in hip hop. The label announced that they are throwing a 20th anniversary concert on December 4th in Minneapolis, bringing together twenty years of music and artists for a one-night only performance. Almost all the artists signed to Rhymesayers will be performing, highlighted by Brother Ali, Atmopshere, and Aesop Rock (sadly no MF DOOM). Here are the acts in alphabetical order.
Talib Kweli Announces Album With 9th Wonder
Over year and a half ago, Talib Kweli, mentioned that he was working on an album with acclaimed producer 9th Wonder. It now appears the album is done or close to completion.
Watch A Live Stream Of Bonnaroo
Bonnaroo is going down this weekend, in fact, it's already kicked off. The weekend-long festival in Manchester, Tennessee is seeing performances from Run The Jewels, Jamie xx, Glass Animals, D'Angelo, SBTRKT, Atmosphere, Kendrick Lamar and more. If you haven't copped tickets, you can enjoy all the performances thanks to a live stream of the event. Unlike the HOT 97 Summer Jam stream, this is available to all, and features three different channels to flip through to catch various performances from some of your favorite artists.
10 Drumless Hip-Hop Tracks
What's that? Hip hop without the drums? Does that exist? Is it even possible? Well, it does exist in some form. While hip hop is almost defined by its drums, there are instances where rapping takes place over an absence of drums. Whether it's Nas kicking off his Untitled album or Outkast getting galactic on ATLiens, some cool tracks have been created without that classic boom-bap rhythm.
#TBT: Atmosphere (1996-2005)
Atmosphere don't quite fit in with the rap scene that is usually portrayed on this website, but the Minneapolis-founded group has been doing their thing now for 26 years, and counting. As one of alternative rap's most successful acts, it's time that they got the throwback treatment. For today, we're focusing on the output from the group's first few albums, beginning with 1996's Overcast! and ending with 2005's You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having.
Big Sean, J. Cole, Atmosphere Head Up 2015 Soundset Festival Lineup
The Soundest Festival will take place for the eighth consecutive year this Spring, and the lineup for the 2015 event features a characteristically wide range of hip hop artists. Atmosphere will continue their reign as headliners, while J. Cole, Big Sean, Ice Cube, Ludacris, Logic, and Yelawolf round out the big acts. Of course, the fest also sports a solid helping of underground heroes, Brother Ali, Aesop Rock, Vic Mensa, Hopsin, Freddie Gibbs. and Vince Staples among them.
Contest: Win Tickets To See Atmosphere Live In NYC
Atmosphere have brought their "North of Hell" tour all around the map, and now they're on the final leg of the tour, which will be wrapping up on November 23rd in their home of Minneapolis. Before they head home though, they'll be hitting New York at the end of this week, on Sunday, November 16th.
Atmosphere Announces U.S. "North Of Hell" Tour Dates [Update: More Tour Dates Announced]
After a successful Canadian run of "North of Hell" tour dates, Atmosphere are ready to take things to the United States for the American leg of the "North of Hell" tour. They'll be promoting their new album, Southsiders, while on the road. The U.S. tour will run through out the summer, kicking off on June 10th in Philadelphia and finally wrapping up on September 20th in Aspen, Colorado.
Charts Don’t Lie: May 18
This week the hip-hop underground proves you don't need to be mainstream to top the Billboard 200, at least these days. Two mainstays within the underground movement debuted within the top 10 of the Billboard charts this week. Both have been around for more than a decade, and thus have developed loyal followings before the age of torrenting and illegal downloads, which perhaps works in their favor now.
Shooting The Shit With Slug (Of Atmosphere)
Atmosphere have a lengthy history within the underground rap scene, and while they've never quite made it to mainstream stardom (there is probably a reason: they don't want too), they've developed large and loyal underground following. The duo, individually known as Slug and Ant, released their debut album Overcast!, then with another member by the name of Spawn, in 1997.
Stream Atmosphere's New Album "Southsiders" In Full
Atmosphere are preparing to release their eighth studio album, Southsiders, in a week from now, on May 6th. The underground legends from Minneapolis have already delivered "Bitter" and the anthemic single "Kanye West", which were both strong indications of what's to come.
Atmosphere Announces "North Of Hell" Canadian Tour Dates
Atmosphere are heading north for the "North Of Hell" tour, which will hit a bunch of Canadian spots come May. The duo of Slug and Ant are prepping the release of a new album, Southsiders, as they revealed the other month with the album artwork and tracklist (plus the first record, "Bitter").
Underrated Audio: March 1- March 7
Underrated Audio aims to provide you with some dope looks from the last seven days, that flew under most peoples' radars. While they may have received front-page placement on HNHH, they didn't get as many views as they deserve, so we shine a little more light on them right here.
Soundset 2014 Festival Line-Up To Include Atmosphere, Wiz Khalifa, Nas & More
The festival news is pouring in these days, as we approach the spring/summer months. The seventh annual Soundset festival takes place in May, presented by Rhymesayers Entertainment and Rose Presents.
Atmosphere Announce New Album "Southsiders," Reveal Tracklist & Release Date
Atmosphere have dropped a leak or two over the past two years, including the most recent "Color In The Snow", but we haven't really seen much new music from the the rapper/producer duo since the release of Family Signs in 2011. Today we received the good news that they'll be dropping a new album in May, titled Southsiders.
The Alchemist Talks On Collaborations With Atmosphere's Slug
We've hypothesized that a new album from Atmosphere isn't too far away, given recent tweets from his engineer announcing an album from the duo was done. While we've had no further updates from Atmosphere's camp on this apparent finished album, producer Alchemist reveals he's got some collaborations with Atmosphere's Slug in the bag.
Awkword Reveals Art, Tracklist & Features For "World View" Compilation, Feat. Joell Ortiz, Harry Fraud, KRS-One & More
For those unfamiliar, Awkword is an emerging rapper/activist/sociologist from New York City. For the past five years, he's been creating a "100% for-charity global hip-hop" compilation titled World View, which features the likes of Joell Ortiz, Sean Price, Chino XL, KRS-One, Slug (of Atmosphere), Jadakiss, The Kid Daytona, ILL BILL, Vast Aire, Pace Won (of the Outsidaz), Rickie Jacobs and Beretta 9 (of Killarmy), with production from Harry Fraud, Domingo, Numonics, ATG, Steel Tipped Dove, Fafu and more.
Underrated Audio: December 14- December 20
With Christmas approaching soon, everyone is getting into the holiday spirit-- rappers included. On this week's edition of Underrated Audio you'll find two themed tracks that are perfect for the holidays, as well as two other joints that you should feel free to bump any time of the year. As per usual, these are records that we think deserve another view or two. Give them a click and let us know what you think.
Atmosphere Set To Re-Issue "Seven's Travels" With Bonus Records, Tracklist
Rhymesayers rap duo Atmosphere are celebrating the ten years since they released their critically acclaimed album, Seven's Travels, by re-issuing the LP in vinyl. The album originally dropped in 2003 and hasn't been available on vinyl for seven years.