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Atmosphere To Release The Family Sign

blame it on Meka February 4, 2011

Photo: Dan Monick.
I know Shake is going to dig this (that is, of course, if he hasn’t heard about it already): mark April 12th on your calendar, as that is the day Atmosphere drops their new album The Family Sign.

Atmosphere, the preeminent independent hip-hop duo comprised MC Slug and producer Ant, reassert their status as legends of the genre with the release of their most realized, streamlined effort to date, The Family Sign, due April 12th on Rhymesayers Entertainment. Slug and Ant have distinguished themselves from their peers by composing albums encompassing the entire spectrum of human emotion while tethering each piece to a central aural aesthetic. The Family Sign takes this philosophy to new realms of solidarity with Slug metaphorically touching on themes of fatherhood, loss, love, disappointment and jubilation and tailoring them to the instrumental frame work provided by Ant as well as keyboardist Erick Anderson and guitarist Nate Collis. Lyrically, The Family Sign is evidence that hip-hop wields the ultimate potential to discuss life’s virtues and shortcomings.

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The Rhymesayers camp, and Atmosphere in particular, have emerged as an industry anomaly, selling over two hundred thousand copies of 2008’s When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold, an accomplishment for any artist. Iconic pioneers of the new music industry model, Atmosphere regularly sell out strings of shows between albums and their 2011 itinerary is slated to include venues with capacities upwards of nine thousand. Performances of this size are, simply put, an unparalleled precedent for an independent artist. Atmosphere have steadily looked forward and continued to retain a tremendous fan-base, finding favor in new, young listeners while their peers are mired in nostalgia and stagnancy.

Slug and Ant have united a body of devoted fans that religiously subscribe to the idea that creativity, as a microcosm for life in general, is a give and take, counterbalanced and anchored by appreciation for ones friends, family, and audience. This philosophy is what The Family Sign embodies, and it’s the key to the tremendous legacy that Atmosphere continues to establish.

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  • Dawg

    Cant wait !

  • KidCassette


  • KidCassette


  • vito

    i guess i know what my first cd purchase of the year will be.

  • I agree with Dawg, cant wait!

  • Shy


  • leggo

    YOOOO!!! Ill be givin this ablum a serious shot slug got bars!

    NEW RAP 2011

  • jwiii

    Ants productions are crazy. Fuck what ya ears heard

  • ha, i swore i made a post about this a few weeks back but i can’t find anything in the search. dah well… and yes, i’m stoked.

  • IZM

    More Atmosphere is good for the world.

  • marty mcfly

    Atmosphere , the You cant imagine how much fun were having album = DOPENESS

  • Ant deserves multiple blowjobs from an assortment of fine ladies for his production work with slug and ali and murs(felt) and i think for p.o.s. too

  • D

    Slug > 95% rappers today.

  • JD

    Without a doubt this will be another amazing album.

  • kal

    Phresh Atmos to get some burn. Yessss Slug is an instant cop

  • GOD

    Best Atmosphere song “God’s Bathroom Floor”

  • NephewOfUncleRuckus

    Hopefully there’s a national tour for this album

  • who cares


  • jd

    good Atmosphere was over a decade ago. just call this something else, don’t keep tarnishing the past.

  • Perper


    good Atmosphere was over a decade ago. just call this something else, don’t keep tarnishing the past.

    jd said this on February 5th, 2011 at 12:30 am
    Or how about you shut your mouth..?

    If Life Gives You Lemons >>> Any other Atmos LP, and this is coming from someone who’ve listened to Slug since Dynospectrum, and honestly, Atmosphere pre-Lucy Ford = generic backpack rap. If you don’t dig the growth, sucks for you.

    Def looking forward to this. The Leak At Will & To All My Friends EPs was cool, but nothing like Atmosphere at it’s best.. Hopefully with another full length, they can bring it back to creating an original, cohesive and thoughtful album.

  • Johnson

    How bought you shut your mouth douche. JD nailed that shit. Atmosphere now is music for emo Tweens or teen girls. Can’t believe you’d tell someone to shut their mouths defending music made intentionally to put young girls in the mood, and by young I mean 14 year olds. You doubt that fact? Ever been to a show where Atmosphere has performed? Look at the audience. Seriously holmes, educate yourself on good music before telling others to shut up.