You can’t imagine how much fun we’re having at True Too on a Friday when Atmosphere drops a new album.
Today, the Minnesota-based hip hop duo dropped their “se7enth” studio album Fishing Blues. As always, the album is completely produced by in-house producer Ant and contains features from DOOM, Aesop Rock, Kool Keith, The Grouch, deM atlaS, and more.
Following their 2014 studio album Southsiders, Atmosphere continued to host their annual hip-hop festival Soundset and drop singles to please their fans. Aching to compile a full-length album, Slug and Ant came up with Fishing Blues. Per Slug, the idea is that no matter where we are in life, we are always “fishing” for something more. Whether that be a new job, a functional relationship, happiness or whatever. The profundity of such a concept album is easily what we expect from Atmosphere as they have spanned over 20 years by writing introspective and philosophical hip-hop tracks.
Fishing Blues implements different sounds on tracks like “Seismic Waves” and”Perfect” with looped synths and g-funk vibes, respectively, as well as the classic sad-clown-sounding tracks such as “Ringo.” The 13th song “Sugar” reminisces of the revered When Life Gives You Lemons You Paint That Shit Gold era. Furthermore, fellow Rhymesayer deM atlaS contributes an amazingly harmonious hook on “Next To You,” and villainous pseudonym rappers DOOM and Kool Keith integrate perfectly into the ominous opus “When The Lights Go Out.”
The group consistently stays true to themselves with their art. However, Fishing Blues sees Slug revert back to his older lyrical content as opposed to the overwhelmingly cheesier dad raps of his last two albums. It’s edgy, explicit, and realistic, yet borderline cringeworthy. Just the Sluggo we’ve all learned to love.
To promote the release and have some fun at the same time, Slug and Ant 360-video-streamed themselves fishing on the Mississippi river to the entirety of the album. Talk about committing to a concept. What’s better than listening to a new Atmosphere album while observing their idiosyncrasies in an angle of your sole choice?
We on a, spaceship crash land from above //
We on a, lazy river fly fishing for love //
We on a, double barrel shotgun hunting for dove. //
Check out the video and stream the new album below. Purchase Fishing Blues from Fifth Element here. For all other things hip hop, keep reading at True Too.