This indie hip-hop outfit from Minneapolis consists of rapper Slug (Sean Daley) and producer Ant (Anthony Davis), and their sound and style--based on poetic, complex lyrics and the positive principles established by the pioneers of rap music--came to define Midwest hip-hop. Their 1998 debut album, Overcast!, instantly became an underground classic, with the song "Scapegoat" receiving substantial college radio airplay. To keep their fans (both at home and abroad) satisfied, the group have toured constantly, with Slug usually joined by Mr. Dibbs of 1200 Hobos on turntables. By 2002, their following had become so widespread that their sixth album, God Loves Ugly, sold over 130,000 copies. Staying true to their D.I.Y. principles, Atmosphere chose to release their following album, 2003's Seven's Travels (which subsequently sold over 150,000 copies) through the legendary indie label, Epitaph, despite having been courted by several major labels. 2005 saw the release of You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having, an album which combines gospel and R&B influences with Slug's signature introspective lyrics to create yet another underground masterpiece.
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