Fishing Blues, didn’t earn as many plaudits from the critics as their previous efforts, but the maturity and self-reflection in Slug’s lyrics continue to appeal to their fans. As they sprint into their third decade, Slug and Ant aren’t ready to settle into middle age quietly and remain among the most important — and influential — hip-hop groups still going from the heyday of backpack rap.
For a group like Atmosphere, success isn’t defined by singles, hits or even major festival appearances. Instead, in keeping with their deep underground roots, the Minnesota-based hip-hop tandem of Slug and Ant’s uncompromising artistic vision, relentless tour schedule and fervent live show have built them a devoted fan base. Their latest album for celebrated Twin Cities rap label Rhymesayers, 2016’s