Samples out of the Atmosphere

This week, Minnesota rap super group, ATMOSPHERE return to Milwaukee…

Slug and Ant are two of Hip Hop’s least likely superstars.

They hardly look the part of two international rap celebrities, and their music hardly follows the rules of Rap hit themes.

Ya know like, guns, inner city thugs, rims, clubs, women… Well maybe women!

In 2005, Ant and Slug released You Can’t Imagine How much fun We’re Having.  This album was filled with solid Atmosphere hits, including this track….

Get Fly was one of my personal favorites from this project, it’s sample comes from a rare gospel recording from the mid seventies.

Take a listen to Pastor Walter Hawkins on this beautiful soul gospel, ” I Love The Lord”

Great sample huh?


Freebie | Atmosphere, “Free Fallin”

On September 9th, Minneapolis’ Atmosphere will be performing live at The Riverside Theater in Milwaukee.  It will be their second stop on their “To All My Friends Tour”.  The guys recently dropped a free track called “To All My Friends” a couple of weeks ago. Yesterday they dropped another track and it will be part of an double EP  full of new songs called To All My Friends, Blood Made The Blade Holy: The Atmosphere EPs. They sure know how to give names to albums and EPs.  You can listen and download the “Free Fallin” below. The EP will be available digitally  via iTunes and Amazon and at their show on September 9th.

Atmosphere – Free Fallin’ (download)

Rhythm Lab Radio Presents: Soundset 2010 Mix

Last night, Rhythm Lab Radio presented a speical mix in honor of one of the most premiere hip hop festivals of the year – Soundset.  The mix features artists performing at this year’s festival and after party.  Soundset kicks off on Sunday, May 30th at Cantebury Park outside of Minneapolis. Later that night, there will be an after party featuring BK-One, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and DJ Z-Trip.  Morning show host Jordan and myself will be in attendance and hopefully getting some interviews. In the meantime enjoy this special mix.

Freebie | Toki Wright, “Blackmale” EP

Toki Wright

For most, Minneapolis has been know as the home of bands such as The Replacements and artists such as Prince.  Minneapolis has always been known as a “Rock” city, but within the last 5-8 years, Minneapolis has been known has a Hip Hop city thanks to the crew and label known as Rhymesayers.  Home to acts such as Atmosphere and Brother Ali, Rhymesayers helped put Twin Cities hip hop on the international map. Recently,Urb Magazine awarded them record label of the decade. They recently signed and released an album from Philadelphia based MC Freeway called The Stimulus Package.  The one thing that makes this label special is their committment to their community.  This includes putting on one of the premiere Hip Hop festivals in the country, Soundset.  There is also a committment to the local music scene, which not only includes hip hop but other genres as well.  One of the artists, who I know well, that they support is the talented Toki Wright.  Not only Toki Wright is an amazing artist, he is an activist who has been heavliy committed to the Twin Cities community.  He is now part of the Rhymesayers camp and just released an EP called “BlackMale”, which you can download for free.  Check out the video below on the idea behind this EP.

Download: Toki Wright, “Blackmale” EP

Interview: Brother Ali


I got a change to interview Rhymesayers artist Brother Ali before his show in Milwaukee this Saturday at Turner Hall Ballroom.  We talked about how he got started in Hip Hop, his muslim faith and how it plays a role in his music, his involvement in this year’s election, race and about his song Mr. President.  You can listen and download the entire interview right here.

Brother Ali Interview Pt. 1 (download)

Brother Ali Interview Pt. 2 (download)

Brother Ali – Mr. President (You’re the Man)

Video: Atmosphere “You”

Check out the official video for “You” from Minneapolis based Atmosphere. Don’t forget that RadioMilwaukee welcomes Atmosphere November 1st to the Riverside Theater.

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Video: Atmosphere Live on Jimmy Kimmel

Atmosphere performing live on Jimmy Kimmel. Big ups to Minneapolis singer Mankwe Ndosi. No other explanation needed. Don’t forget RadioMilwaukee welcomes Atmosphere to the Riverside Theater on November 1st.