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“When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold” 10 Year Anniversary Edition 2LP Reminder Of Atmosphere's Timeless Sound

Posted by Billyjam, December 20, 2018 03:20pm | Post a Comment


Hip-hop vinyl reissue of the week, Atmosphere’s When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold” 10 Year Anniversary Edition 2LP  is not simply a must-get double album back in print. It is also a reminder that the longtime beloved hip-hop duo, comprised of emcee Slug and producer Ant, make the type of music that truly stands the test of time. Since forming back in 1996 in Minneapolis Atmosphere have consistently crafted heartfelt, quality hip-hop that transcends time, sounding good in any decade, all the while remaining loyal to the genre's roots. Further proof of the Rhymesayers Ent. duo's timelessness lies in equally excellent recent 2018 release Mi Vida Local 2LP (also on CD) that's included in many best of 2018 lists.

For any hip-hop act twenty two years in the notoriously fickle genre, to consistently craft essential music and remain relevant is quite an accomplishment. Interestingly Atmosphere themselves have always been slow to accept their music's timeless quality; even mistakenly thinking that might have peaked creatively back at the start of the last decade. Back in 2008, upon the initial release of When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold” 10 Year Anniversary Edition 2LP,  when I interviewed Slug for the Amoeblog he told me that even at that stage how he felt Atmosphere was six years past their prime.  "I think our expiration date was somewhere in 2002," he shared but quickly added, in his fun self-effacing way, that, "I'll keep going 'til I get fired or replaced by a younger stronger, more attractive idiot." 

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Hip-Hop Vinyl Exclusives For Black Friday Record Store Day 2015

Posted by Billyjam, November 22, 2015 11:30am | Post a Comment
This coming Friday, November 27th, is a big day at Amoeba with another post-Thanksgiving Record Store Day (RSD) on its way. With it comes exclusive releases that span all genres including some really nice hip-hop worth getting. Most of these releases are small run pressings exclusive for RSD at indies stores like Amoeba Music. The growing number of avid hip-hop 45's collectors will be more than pleased with the new seven inch hip-hop pressings that will be available on RSD. Included is a 7" unique pressing of “Egypt, Egypt” b/w “Girls” from friends of Amoeba The Egyptian Lover and Stones Throw Records. Greg Broussard (aka The Egyptian Lover), who earlier this month played both Hollywood and San Francisco Amoeba in-stores in support of his brand new album 1984, said in a pre-instore Amoeblog interview that he will be releasing his anticipated Anthology via Stones Throw next year. It is sure to be a goodie as Peanut Butter Wolf's Stones Throw label never disappoints with its packaging and presentation. This Friday's RSD 7" is proof of this. The limited edition vinyl is described as 7” die-cut “pyramid” shaped white vinyl.   Regal pop-up packaging with folding magnetic panels creates a 4-sided, 3-dimensional pyramid.

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AMOEBLOG INTERVIEW WITH ATMOSPHERE'S SLUG

Posted by Billyjam, April 28, 2008 07:53pm | Post a Comment

Funny how time flies by. Already it is eleven long hip-hop years since Minneapolis, Minnesota hip-hop duo Atmosphere, comprised of producer Ant and emcee Slug (L-R in photo left), responsible for putting the Twin Cities firmly on the hip-hop map, dropped their debut album, 1997's Overcast!.

Last Tuesday they dropped their fifth studio album (and finest release to date): When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold on Rhymesayers Entertainment.

As you can imagine with this brand new album just dropping, both members of Atmosphere are pretty busy, caught up in their current tour which hits LA and San Francisco next week.  They will stay that way for much of the year as they promote this new release.  But in the past few days I had the opportunity to catch up with Slug, via email, to ask him about hip-hop, the new album, the word on a future Felt (with     MURS) album, and how it feels to be going strong eleven long hip-hop years later.  Did he ever envision himself being where he is now in his career?  "Ha. Yeah. I think our expiration date was somewhere in 2002 but I'm not complaining," he replied.  "I'll keep going 'til I get fired or replaced by a younger stronger, more attractive idiot."

 "Our approach musically was different.  We wanted to find a bigger but more minimal sound for this album," he says of how When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold is unlike previous Atmosphere releases, adding that,  "Lyrically, I wanted to write about other people's problems for once."  The new 15 track album (avail in two different packaged CD versions) is rich in ever-engaging, flawed character driven, tales, many tackling the issues of parenthood, like "In Her Music Box" and "Shoulda Known."  In the latter song Slug raps:

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