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Monday, June 16, 2014

Atmosphere

Friday, June 27 @ Miller Lite Oasis, 10 p.m.

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Coming straight out of Minneapolis, the hip-hop outfit Atmosphere has been cranking out literate, detail-driven rhymes for more than 17 years now. That’s more than a lifetime in hip-hop years and the group, made up of MC Sean “Slug” Daley and producer Anthony “Ant” Davis, has wisely changed over time. While the group’s earlier material cast Slug as an archetypal late-20th-century slacker, Atmosphere’s most recent work recasts the front man as dedicated family man. Both The Family Sign (2011) and the recently released Southsiders (the group’s eighth studio album) chronicle the life of a performer growing into the role of elder statesman.

Don’t, however, mistake such a change in perspective for lack of energy or purpose. Songs like the cheekily titled “Kanye West,” an early single from Southsiders, show Slug has maintained his reputation for deft wordplay—as well as his trademark sense of humor. Yet there is also a sense of resignation present on much of Southsiders, a feeling that time will catch up with all things. “This graveyard used to be a K-Mart,” raps Slug on “Star-Shaped Heart.” “But before that it was a graveyard.” Not exactly summer party anthem material, but an honest assessment from one of rap’s living legends.