Atmosphere is an American hip hop group from Minneapolis, Minnesota, consisting of rapper Slug (Sean Daley) and DJ/producer Ant (Anthony Davis). Since its formation in 1989, the group has released six studio albums and ten extended plays.
Between the release of When Life Gives You Lemons and To All My Friends, Atmosphere released another free EP in 2009 called Leak At Will, with seven original tracks. Similar to Strictly Leakage, the EP was intended to tide over fans until the release of their next album.
A combination of EPs, the album To All My Friends, Blood Makes The Blade Holy: The Atmosphere EP’s was released in September 2010. The album reached #2 on iTunes top 10 album downloads during the week of September 11, 2010.The album was very favourably reviewed, with some reviews comparing it to the Lucy Ford LP.
After 2010’s double EP, Atmosphere returned with their first full-length album in three years. The Family Sign was released in 2011, and is Atmosphere’s sixth studio album. Continuing the trend of preceding albums, The Family Sign has more instrumentation and is the first album to have actual band musicians. Keyboard player Erick Anderson and guitarist Nate Collis, part of the touring band for Atmosphere (who perform live renditions of songs that are normally sampler/drum machine produced), were brought in to help record the album, leading to a much different sound than previous albums. One of the songs, “Just For Show”, was put on the sound track of MLB 2K12.
On July 2, 2013, Atmosphere released a new single titled “Bob Seger”. Earlier on in the year, Slug mentioned he was working on a new album. On March 10, 2014, Atmosphere released a video for a new single titled “Bitter”. They also announced that their new album will be called Southsiders, which was released on May 6, 2014.
The latest released track from this album, titled “Kanye West” was released on April 8 to the group’s YouTube channel.
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