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Atmosphere- Seven's Travels Review
by:Andreas Lan

As the summer comes to an end, many would agree that this summer was a success for many hip-hop artists. Louis Logic released his debut oeuvre; Jedi Mind’s Visions of Ghandi was a success. What else could the average hip hop fan ask? Well, maybe one more really good cd. Minneapolis, Minnesota is a place on the map of hip-hop that is starting to shine. Why? Because Rhymesayers Entertainment has put it on the map. The label which has recently teamed up with the legendary punk label Epitaph, is responsible for putting out Atmosphere’s newest gem, Seven’s Travels. Few in the arena of hip-hop can show as much growth and maturity in a year Atmosphere. Atmosphere, the hip-hop duo (Slug and Ant) has showed a more mature approach on every cd from their early mixtapes to their last LP God Loves Ugly. This exemplifies the reason why they probably have the most diverse hip hop following: from thugs, to emo heads, to jappy blonds. Their most recent cd, which drops September 23rd on Punk Label Epitaph shows two things: solid production by Ant, and mature well thought rhymes by Slug. The album grabs you buy the collar and takes you on a metaphorical voyage with Slug through sex, politics, and emotions. Throughout the album, any Atmosphere fan can notice the development that the group has gone through on both a physical and emotional state. The opening and closing tracks, "History" and "Always Coming Back Home to You," demonstrate Slug's unique storytelling style. The second track on the album, “Trying to Find a Balance”, is the quintessential example of the growth in Ant’s production since his last project, Brother Ali’s Shadows of the Sun. “Reflections” establishes how catchy Slug’s rhymes really are and best manifest Slug’s fervor on the mic. The exemplary production is most apparent on the funky whistling and country sounding of "National Disgrace," possibly the album's dopest track. The production of "Denvemolorado" is very reminiscent of Brother Ali’s “Star Quality” which reflects the new and different Ant. "Good Times (Sick Pimpin')" manifests the new, funky, jazzy, laid back, approach the group has developed and explains its widespread appeal. From start to end, there is not one tedious track on the album. COP IT.


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