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Atmosphere unplugged on NPR

NPR has done it again.  They’ve managed to get an interview with Atmosphere.  Not only is it a pretty impressive interview, but somehow they managed to convince Slug and Ant to do an acoustic session for them.

Atmosphere has done some pretty haunting tracks before, but nothing will quite match hearing Guarantees done entirely acoustically.  Apparently they even brought in Mankwe Ndosi to do some backup singing.

It’s a pretty incredible piece, and just goes to show you don’t need Timbaland to produce you to make a dope track.

Check out the interview and the performance here.

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[Source: NPR]

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Atmosphere Enters The Charts @ #5!


According to MTV, Atmosphere’s newest album, When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold, sold 36,400 copies last week, making it the fifth best selling album in the United States. This is definitely suprising, considering Atmosphere’s particular brand of hip-hop is hardly mainstream (MTV calls the duo “still on the fringe”) and they aren’t signed to a major label.

Maybe our earlier post helped bump their numbers? Who knows.

In celebration of their impressive achievement, here’s the video for “Trying To Find A Balance,” the lead single from Atmosphere’s album Seven’s Travels:

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New Music For You To Ride With

Atmosphere, your girl’s favourite hip-hop group, released their latest ablum, When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold, last week.

I’ve had mixed feelings about Atmosphere since I first heard tracks like “Modern Man’s Hustle” and “A Heave And A Ho” (does anyone know where to find this?). On one hand, Ant is a talented beatmaker and Slug is a dope lyricist. On the other hand, however, the common criticism levelled at the Minnesota duo – that they spend too much making introspective “emo rap” – is often true, especially on Lemons. The album is good, overall, but descends for long streches into dreary stories about tragic characters (“she got a condition of the heart, a heart condition” Slug raps on “Dreamer”) and lost love backed by competent but uninspiring beats. It’s like Atmosphere recorded the album on autopilot: recycling the same formula they’ve used for the past decade or so. But check out some of Lemons’ better tracks and decide for yourself:

Atmosphere – Waitress (When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold, 2008)

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Atmosphere – Puppets (When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold, 2008)

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If you’re feelin’ these tracks, download the album here then buy it here (or at your local independent record store) and support dope hip-hop!

Also new is Buckshot & 9th Wonder’s second album The Formula. Although I haven’t listened to it in its entirety, most reviews agree it’s better than their first collaboration, Chemistry, which suffered from lacklustre production and weak rhymes. Fortunately, the two cats appear to have regrouped and produced something worth the combined anticipation their two names generate. Check out “Go All Out,” courtesty of All Up In Your Earhole.

Buckshot & 9th Wonder – Go All Out ft. Carlitta Durand (The Formula, 2008)

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Download the album here then buy it here.

I also managed to finally get my hands on J Dilla’s Jay Love Japan. Upon first hearing about this album’s existence I foolishly assumed it would feature Dilla chopping up rare Japanese funk and soul samples (how dope would that be?). Apparently, the album’s title is actually a satirical take on underground rappers who claim they’re huge in Japan or Europe.

Fortunately, my initial disappointment quickly receded after I started listening to Japan, which is chock-full of pure Dilla goodness. If you’re jonesing for those crunchy, distinct Jay Dee drums and brilliantly chopped soul samples layered over sub-woofer destroying bass lines you absolutely need to own this album. In fact, it may even be better than the Ruff Draft EP. Either way, it reminds you how absolutely tragic the Detroit producer’s passing was.

R.I.P. Dilla

J Dilla – Red Light ft. J*Davey (Jay Love Japan, 2006?)

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J Dilla – Lucy ft. Bo Bo Lamb (Jay Love Japan, 2006?)

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J Dilla – Say It! ft. Ta’Raach & DJ Exile (Jay Love Japan, 2006?)

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Buy Jay Love Japan here.