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|2. Trying To Find A Balance|
|3. Bird Sings Why The Caged I Know|
|5. Gotta Lotta Walls|
|6. The Keys To Life vs. 15 Minutes Of Fame|
|10. Cats Van Bags|
|11. Los Angeles|
|12. Lift Her Pull Her|
|14. National Disgrace|
|16. Liquor Lyles Cool July|
|17. Good Times (Sick Pimpin)|
|18. In My Continental|
|19. Always Coming Back Home To You|
As point man for the Minneapolis-based Rhymesayers crew, Atmosphere MC Slug put heartland hip-hop on the map. Likewise, he's always written from the heart, and Seven's Travels--the fourth Atmosphere full-length, and first released under a licensing agreement with the venerable punk imprint Epitaph--finds that agenda unchanged. Though familiar antagonist Lucy Ford appears only once, these tracks are packed with passionate meditations on typical topics, pitting confidence against recrimination, parenthood against partying, joy against anger, love against sex. And while Slug spills his guts in the spotlight, the stage isn't his alone; from the neck-snapping beats of "Trying to Find A Balance" to the cartoonish suspense theme of "Gotta Lotta Walls" and the naked acoustic guitar behind "Always Coming Back Home to You," Seven's Travels features some of Ant's most adventurous and assured production, plus contributions from Mr. Dibbs and Brother Ali, whose scorched-earth verses drive "Cats Van Bags." --Anders Smith Lindall
Top Customer Reviews
I got love for Slug, but I want to focus on Ant, the beatsmith behind this effort. Ant is factually the most slept-on producer out there, as his beats are headbanging from start to finish. His soul hooks are catchy and yet totally refreshing. Dude sports a mustache and a ponytail, which is more punk than when Pharell came out with mesh-backs and acid-washed jeans.
Basically you should cop this because if you haven't heard Slug before then you must, and this album is a great way to start off. Save for maybe one stinker, Ant's beats are money in the bank. Homeboy should hook up with Kanye West and co-produce Mos Def's next album. Think about it.
the point is, just because I like those subgenres, it doesn't mean that i can't like something as great as this just because it falls under the stamp of "hip-hop"
it's just music. and what's more, it's good music.
I don't know what that girl from Chicago was going on about because DUH the Roots are much more mainstream than Atmosphere at this point in time anyway! She obviously doesn't know what she's talking about.
It seems she doesn't know much about this group's history either... because if she did, she would have a different story to tell.
As soon as I heard their latest single on MTV (WEEIIIRD), the last source I would have expected to pick their stuff up from, I knew I had to buy it!! :)
I usually get the latest from my friends or Treehouse Records
(MN REPRESENT!), but either way, I reccommend that you do yourself a favor and buy this album today.
I also highly recommend Overcast, Lucy Ford, two of my favorite albums.
Because regardless of whether you like that they are being played on MTV or not (commercialism central at it's absolute corporate worst), they deserve their success, as I have seen them struggle to balance things out for years trying just to make it in South Minneapolis. They were part "the soundtrack to our lives" back then. I remember seeing Slug and Eyedea freestyle about two years ago at First Ave. That was awesome. Anyway...
I know every lyric to Lucy Ford almost.. with that being said,
they deserve to be big with the genious that Slug spits.
Bigger than guns..
Bigger than cigarettes.
Most recent customer reviews
What happened here is the unfortunate side-effect of earning fame; increased accessablity. A wheelchair ramp of hip hop music. Read morePublished on July 4 2004 by Cancer
Atmosphere, or what people called him MC Slug, is one of the best rap artist of all time. With his 2002 album "God Loves Ugly," he is working it. Read morePublished on July 2 2004 by Dee Moore
I'm not much of a hip hop fan, but Atmosphere can definatly captivate a rock audience...which is why their so good. Read morePublished on June 12 2004 by ToxicTearyEyes
...but still better than top-40.
Anybody who's listened to any Atmosphere knows what they're about. Read more
Yo, This CD is hella tight, and the song always coming back to you is one of the best from Atmosphere of all time. Read morePublished on April 30 2004
some people think that's impossible but here it is. with some actual challenging rhymes and interesting music atmosphere makes this disc very well. Read morePublished on April 28 2004 by Mark McLaughlin
The Beats in this CD are incredible, and the lyrics are good as well, but i'm definitely more impressed with the beats.Published on March 25 2004 by David
I bought this cd just to listen to something new. I have only heard of Atmosphere from just one of my friends. Read morePublished on March 21 2004 by Katrina