Renowned Hip Hop journalist, radio host, and TV personality Sway Calloway flew out to Minneapolis to spend a day on Lake Minnetonka fishing with Minneapolis Hip Hop icons Atmosphere—producer Ant and lyricist/rapper Slug. The trip was filmed and here is the first episode of the “Fishing Blues” web series.
Ant and Slug have been making music together as Atmosphere for over 20 years and have managed to continually tweak and strive to perfect their formula, while neither straying too far off their path, nor resorting to playing it safe and that holds true on the new set. The duo announced their seventh studio album Fishing Blues earlier this summer, set for release August 12 on Rhymesayers. Fishing Blues is a collection of songs that both define and redefine the Atmosphere sound and features 18 new tracks written and produced by Atmosphere, with appearances from DOOM, Aesop Rock, Kool Keith, The Grouch, and more.
The impact of Atmosphere’s music has been at the root of their long-term success, and their continued rigorous touring and performance schedule has been the vessel for engraining these stories and the legacy of the music into their fan base.