|Atmosphere is a hip hop group hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Throughout the course of a career that has spanned more than 25 years, Atmosphere has become iconic for its signature Midwestern sound, which blends evocative and thoughtful lyricism with classically inspired hip hop beats. The group is a duo, consisting of producer and DJ Anthony Davis, known affectionately as Ant, and rapper Sean Daley, who goes by Slug. Atmosphere is known for its amazingly high-energy stage presence, which has gotten crowds moving and moshing both across America and internationally. If you’re looking to take in one of the most prominent Midwestern hip hop acts of all time, purchase your Atmosphere tickets today!
Atmosphere began to form in 1989. Slug was performing and recording with a varying group of other Minnesota rappers. Throughout the course of the early 1990s, the group experienced a variety of lineup changes and performed under multiple names, such as Headshots, A Rhythmic Culture, Mental Subjects and Urban Atmosphere. It was during these years that Slug first met Ant, when he went to his house with several other members of the prior group to record a track. The two began to vibe immediately, and the foundation for the modern incarnation of Atmosphere was laid. Simultaneously, the beginnings of Atmosphere’s label, Rhymesayers Entertainment, were taking place as several rappers from the area, Slug included, purchased their own recording studio.
Rise to fame
Atmosphere first burst onto the national hip hop scene with its debut album Overcast, which was released in 1997. The record received impressive airtime regionally and its lead single “Scapegoat” garnered national radio attention, turning a wider eye to the group as a whole. The duo began to tour outside of Minnesota at this point, building a loyal following everywhere it went. Atmosphere wasted no time in following its debut album up, as Slug and Ant began recording their second release almost immediately. Headshots Se7en was released in 1998. The album was only put out on tape, and didn’t sell as well as Overcast did initially, but gained strong reviews and critical acclaim.
Further albums and success
By the late 1990s, Atmosphere had established a strong touring presence and was beginning to gain the attention of important individuals in the music industry. Two of its EPs, Ford and Lucy, were combined into a single album, Lucy Ford: The Atmosphere EPs and released in 2001. At this point, the group started to tour across the country as a whole. Atmosphere received recording contract offers from several major labels, but opted to stay independent with its Rhymesayers operation. In the years that have passed since 2001, Atmosphere has released a host of other albums, nearly all of which have been commercially successful. Among them are God Loves Ugly, Sevens Travels, Strictly Leakage, You Can’t Imagine How Much Fun We’re Having, Leak at Will, When Life Gives You Lemons You Paint That Shit Gold, The Family Sign, Southsiders and To All My Friends: Blood Makes the Blade Holy.