You'll never hear a hip-hop sound quite like the American hip-hop group Atmosphere. The duo of rapper Sean "Slug" Daley and DJ/producer Anthony "Ant" Davis started their careers in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and were critical players in the transformation of the city's underground rap scene. They mix live instrumentals with classic hip-hop beats to create music that is both lyrically and rhythmically interesting -- and thanks to their love of touring, their music is most likely coming to a city near you.
Atmosphere's world tour brings them to London, Zurich, Paris, Hamburg, and many other popular cities. Their final stop will be in the United States, where they will perform in Madison, Little Rock, Dallas, and Baltimore. Atmosphere tickets will be available in several other major U.S. cities as well.
The original members of Atmosphere, Slug and D-Spawn, went through two name changes before finally deciding to call themselves "Urban Atmosphere." As they began recording with a third member, Ant, they eventually dropped "Urban" from their name.
Atmosphere was started in 1989 by Sean "Slug" Daley and Derek Turner (known in the rap community as D-Spawn). Slug initially started out as the duo's DJ, but was encouraged by D-Spawn to also start rapping. When Slug met Ant through the rapper Musab, he convinced D-Spawn to start recording with Ant; together, the trio formed the original Atmosphere.
D-Spawn left Atmosphere three years after the group's debut album was released. However, this didn't stop Slug and Ant from making music as a duo, and they've gone on to great acclaim from both fans and critics. In the early 2000s, they added a live band as accompaniment to their touring shows.
If there's one thing Atmosphere is passionate about beyond touring, it's lyrics. Slug works tirelessly to put some sort of universal message into everything he writes, which is how Atmosphere's music has managed to stay current over the years. He writes about everything from his family to his Minneapolis roots to his respect for Kanye West, with Ant never far from his side.
Atmosphere's first album, Overcast!, was released in 1997. With their single "Scapegoat" getting frequent play on college radio airwaves, Atmosphere's music reached a much wider audience than ever before. In 1998, Atmosphere was also involved in the recording of two albums by underground rap groups. That, combined with Slug's live performances at Minneapolis clubs, grew their fan base even more.
Following D-Spawn's departure three years after the release of Overcast!, Slug and Ant went on to release a second album, Headshots Se7en, in 1999. This remains one of their most critically acclaimed albums to date. In 2001, two of Atmosphere's EPs -- Ford and Lucy -- were combined into one LP titled Lucy Ford: The Atmosphere EPs. This LP was meant to be a tour-only release, but was so popular that it was released as an official LP later that year. Atmosphere then went on to release albums God Loves Ugly (2002), Seven's Travels (2003), You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having (2005), When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold (2008), and The Family Sign (2011), all of which were incredibly well-received by fans and critics alike.
Atmosphere's newest album, Southsiders, was released in 2014.
After 17 years in the business, Atmosphere is still making strides in the indie hip-hop industry. Their music is inspiring, thought-provoking, and fun. These musicians bring a rare level of experience and talent to their shows, and are always met by hordes of fans anxious to enjoy their beats and thoughtful lyrics. Atmosphere tickets provide access to a truly unique hip hop show.
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