Atmosphere
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Sad Clown Bad Dub II (2000), 5/10
Lucy Ford (2001), 7/10 (compilation)
God Loves Ugly (2002), 6.5/10
Sevens Travels (2003), 6/10
You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having (Rhymesayers, 2005), 6/10
When Life Gives You Lemons You Paint That Shit Gold (2008), 5/10
The Family Sign (2011), 5/10
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Atmosphere is the project of Minneapolis-based white rapper Sean "Slug" Daley, founder of the "Rhyme Sayers" collective, and producer Anthony "Ant" Davis. The latter's arrangements on the mini-album Overcast (1997) and the full-length Sad Clown Bad Dub II (2000) are quite predictable, but Slug's introspective lyrics on Lucy Ford (2001), that collects three EPs dedicated to a girl by that name, God Loves Ugly (2002), with the catchy Modern Man's Hustle, and Sevens Travels (2003), coupled with Ant's new melodic emphasis, coined the hip-hop equivalent of "emo-core", "emo-rap" (Always Coming Back Home to You, Lifter Puller).

Atmosphere's double-disc album You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having (Rhymesayers, 2005) was just about the opposite: a collection of mostly uninspired raps that rarely gather enough instrumental strength to match up to the previous album (Panic Attack, Smart Went Crazy).

Slug's storytelling dominates When Life Gives You Lemons You Paint That Shit Gold (2008), another step towards a more mainstream format (Shoulda Known, Puppets) despite the moving Wild Wild Horses.

Murs of the Living Legends crew and rapper Slug of Atmosphere formed Felt and began a trilogy of albums dedicated to celebrities: A Tribute to Christina Ricci (2002), A Tribute to Lisa Bonet (2005), and A Tribute To Rosie Perez (2009), with their work overshadowed by Aesop Rock's production.

Trying to go beyond emo-rap, Atmosphere turned The Family Sign (2011) into an oddly amateurish imitation of vintage Atmosphere.

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