From debut ‘Overcast!’ to last year’s ‘To All My Friends, Blood Makes The Blade Holy (The Atmosphere EPs)’, Slug and Ant of Atmosphere have gleefully spent the last fifteen years or so using the rulebook as deluxe toilet paper; fashioning idiosyncratic musical constructs that defy traditional rap convention. With ‘The Family Sign’, we get to see the group – now officially four men strong with the addition of guitarist Nate Collis and keys man Erick Anderson – continue its evolution from producer-emcee rap startup, to fully-fledged band crafting dynamic, expansive songs.
Atmosphere just dropped the video for their new joint: ‘She’s Enough’ – taken from the new album ‘The Family Sign’. Super fly, Slug’s kid is gonna be a straight up ladykiller. Plus, Brother Ali as the dinner lady is inspired. ‘The Family Sign’ is out now on Rhymesayers. Go cop it!
Atmosphere leak new song and get themselves some group therapy
I’ve been posting a lot about Atmosphere lately, but what can I say – the Rhymesayers rap group have a knack for putting out funny, original promo material, especially before they drop their albums. Remember the Paint It Gold episodes they did just before ‘When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold’?
Atmosphere release video for first single from their new album 'The Family Sign'
Oh yes. Once again, Atmosphere bring the heat with the video for their first single drop from their 7th studio album: ‘Just For Show’. Chloe the golden labrador is a strange choice of protagonist, but the video bristles with the twisted irony and humour that the Minneap duo is known for, making it an Atmosphere Music Video through and through. Feeling the track immensely, and I now want a dog more than I did before. Which was a lot.
Rhymesayers duo Atmosphere announces new long player
Back in September, Minneap duo and Rhymesayers dons Atmosphere released a double EP gloriously entitled ‘To All My Friends, Blood Makes The Blade Holy: The Atmosphere EPs’. It was a killer selection of 12 tracks – pretty much a full length album in itself – to keep fans going until they dropped their highly anticipated 7th studio album. Well, 6 months have passed, and Slug & Ant finally release news of their next long player. It’s called ‘The Family Sign’, and drops on Rhymesayers on April 12th.
After a 5 year wait, one of Rhymesayers’ most loved emcees (and one half of Soul Position along with RJD2), Blueprint is set to drop his sophomore album: ‘Adventure’s In Counter Culture’. The follow up to ’1988′, the new album “touches on Blueprint’s cynicism with the world, his disdain for pop culture, the state of politics and an apathetic, uninspired society”, according to Rhymesayers.
One is a Philadelphia born rapper, whose distinctive voice and infectious flow saw him rise to prominence in the early noughties through prestigious Roc-A-Fella Records, dropping such classics as the HUGE Just Blaze produced ‘What We Do’ featuring Jigga and fellow State Property front man Beanie Sigel. The other, a producer from Seattle whose consistent succession of dope beat making skills has earned him notoriety as one of the hip-hop game’s most sought after producers. Together, they form an unstoppable rap force.
Widely recognised as Brother Ali’s DJ, ‘Radio Do Canibal’ sees BK-One take centre stage, combine his extensive DJ and beatmaking experience, team up with fellow beatsmith Benzilla, and step into the producers’ limelight.
The job of a distinctive emcee is to bring something unique to the table. Some are marked with an instantly recognisable voice (Method Man); some get their swag on with outlandish braggadocio (Jim Jones); some cut jokes with razor-sharp wit (Ludacris); some spit fire with a more political lean (Mos Def); some float entertainingly through random streams-of-consciousness (Lil Wayne). With Brother Ali, Rhymesayers’ champ and a revered underground icon, the beauty lies in the narrative.