The Top Five Non-Album Atmosphere Jams to Excite You For Friday's Show!
This Friday, midwest underground hip-hop heroes Atmosphere return to Cali at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater with Slightly Stoopid. As impressively prolific as the rap group's catalog is, it might be easy to overlook that while it's been two years since their last album, 2011's The Family Sign, they've still been putting out a lot of great tracks that can't be found on their full-lengths. Here's a quick refresher on the recent jams that Atmosphere's laid on you.
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Atmosphere - "Someday Soon"
A special treat for those who picked up the limited edition 2012 Rhymesayers Record Store Day release, "Someday Soon" it's a solid reminder of how nobody can depict the stress of trying to make ends meet like MC Slug. Capturing the struggle and inescapable paranoia of bad credit and check-to-check living, the despair of the verses is complimented by the contrast of the flickers of hope from the uplifting instrumental and inspirational chorus.
Prof featuring Slug - "Swimming"
On a much happier note, Atmosphere's Slug joined fellow Twin Cities MC and former tour-mate Prof for "Swimming" off of his Kaiser Von Powderhorn 3 mixtape last year. The duo trade rhymes back-and-forth over an infectious beat produced by Dillon Parker and Prof himself. Few songs balance being this smooth and this galvanizing while still managing so many inspired one-liners, but Slug and Prof aren't most MCs.