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Atmosphere is a Minneapolis based award winning hip hop music group comprising rapper Slug (Sean Daley) and producer/DJ Ant (Anthony Davis). Since its debut in 1997, the group has produced a number of full-length studio albums, EPs and compilation records. Among their biggest hit songs are Ode to the Modern Man, You, Smart Went Crazy and Between the Lines.

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Early Years

Sean Daley met Derek Turner in high school. The two took Slug and D-Spawn as their rapper names respectively. Initially the duo performed as Mental Subjects but later changed the name to A Rhythmic Culture. Eventually, they settled for the name Urban Atmosphere. Originally Slug took on the role of a DJ while Spawn performed as a rapper. Later Spawn also convinced Slug to start rapping as well. Soon after rapper Musab introduced Slug to producer Ant. To avail the opportunity to work with and learn from Ant, Slug convinced Spawn to record music with him. This allowed the young musicians to practice their vocal delivery and helped them understand the skill to structure songs properly. Eventually the group dropped the name Urban from their name and became known as Atmosphere only.

As a group Atmosphere joined rappers Musab, The Abstract Pack, Black Hole, and Phull Surkle to form a collective group called Headshots. Later on, this group evolved into the record label, Rhymesayers. A number of cassettes were released under the name Headshots and by the year 1996, Slug and Musab were making appearances on the popular NPR news show, All Things Considered.


The debut studio record by the hip hop music group was titled Overcast! It was released via Rhymesayers Entertainment in August of 1997. Before the release of the album, Spawn had some differences with Slug and decided to part ways.

Slug’s straight-forward and honest lyrics in Overcast! were widely appreciated by the audience. The record brought Atmosphere immense recognition, much of it owing to the single Scapegoat which received a lot of airplay on college radio stations. The cover art of the album was inspired by that of the 1964 album Judgement! by jazz pianist, Andrew Hill.

Having made a name with the very first album, Slug knew that the expectations of the audience were high. He worked hard to improve his live performing skills by playing gigs at local Minneapolis clubs such as 7th Street Entry, First Avenue and The Front.

In the late 1990s, Atmosphere featured on two collaborative music records with underground rap supergroups. The first one was the 1998 album The Dynospectrum featuring I Self Divine, Swift of Phull Surkle and Musab; the second was Deep Puddle Dynamics featuring Slug, Alias, Doseone and Sole.

During 1997 and 1999, Slug and Ant were also busy recording the material for Atmosphere’s second studio album, Headshots Se7en. It was released on cassette in 1999 while a full CV re-issue came out in the year 2005. Headshots Se7en is among the most critically acclaimed music albums by Atmosphere.

In the year 2001, the EPs namely Ford One, Ford Two and The Lucy EP were merged and released as Lucy Ford: The Atmosphere EPs. The three EPs revolved around Slug’s relationships and thus were autobiographical in nature. Originally intended to be tour-only release, the overwhelming response led to LP Lucy Ford: The Atmosphere EPs’ release as an official LP. It came out via Rhymesayers Entertainment and is the only album by the group that has not been produced by Ant. In the year 2015, this compilation record ranked fourteenth on the 100 Best Indie Hip-Hop Records of All time list by the music magazine, Fact.

The second studio album by the hip hop music group was titled God Loves Ugly. Released in June of 2002, the record spawned singles such as GodLovesUgly and Modern Man’s Hustle. The record reached the top spot on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and 43rd on the R&B music chart. The group toured extensively to promote the album and went as far as Japan and Europe. With the massive success of the album, the hip hop group was noticed by major record labels such as Sony and Warner Bros and Interscope. Offers for contracts came pouring in but Atmosphere decided to continue as an independent group.

In 2003, Atmosphere treated the fans with their third studio effort, Seven’s Travels. The music videos for its two singles National Disgrace and Trying to Find a Balance received airplay on stations including MTV2. Numerous songs on the collection included lyrics related to issues such as depression, relationship problems and alcohol. The song Trying to find a Balance also featured in the video game, T.H.U.G. 2 (Tony Hawk's Underground 2).

Over the following years, Atmosphere continued to release studio albums and EPs, garnering much appreciation from fans and critics alike. Their most recent studio record Fishing Blues hit the shelves in August, 2016. It featured appearances by artists including Kim Manning, Aesop Rock and Dem Atlas.

Atmosphere Tour Tickets

After years of hard work, ups and downs, the Atmosphere team comprising Slug the rapper and Ant the producer is still going strong. With their chemistry intact, the duo is able to produce exciting new material and put together entertaining live concerts for their fans. If you want to attend the highly entertaining live performance by your favorite hip hop artists, get your hands on Atmosphere tour tickets now.

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