XXL has released "The 25 Best Hip Hop Albums Of 2014 (So Far)."
"Atmosphere released their eighth studio album, Southsiders, consisting of 15 tracks without a single featured verse," XXL says in its piece. "The project serves as an alternative sound for the hip-hop fan opposed to modern day trap or gangsta rap. Slug’s ability to be fun and clever with his rhymes without having to be super lyrical with every verse keeps his wordplay fresh, while complementing Slug’s style of rapping is the diverse production of Ant as he provides a combination of mellow instrumentals fused with jazz samples throughout the album."
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