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THE NORTH OF HELL TOUR FEAT. ATMOSPHERE TURNS A NEW PAGE AT THE BLUE NOTE IN COLUMBIA, MO 11/04/2014

Prof, Dem Atlas and DJ Fundo
The Blue Note, Columbia, MO 11/04/2014
words/photos by BeezNutz

The Blue Note in Columbia, MO is a gem of a concert venue. It is a old beautiful theater converted into a concert night club. For the past 40 years it has been owned by Richard King and he has done a wonderful job of running it. November 4th 2014 marked a new day in its illustrious history. It was sold to the new ownership who runs the note from here on out. I was somewhat nervous, what was and is going to happen to my favorite live music venue in Missouri? I often drive 100 miles each way to catch shows that are coming a lot closer to my native St. Louis. The reason is easy, the shows are great, the crowd is young and fun. The Blue Note is stunning for live music and that to me makes it worth the drive.

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The week of the show my friend won a pair of tickets on Social Media. Which made this trip possible, not only for me but the other 2 people we brought along for the trip. We all four pitched in on gas and, without each other we wouldn’t of been able make it. We got to The Blue Note and it was PACKED! One of the largest crowds I have ever seen there for a show. They put a sign up in the window that read SOLD OUT in big bold letters as soon we walked up to the venue. One problem, one of the four of us did not have a ticket. No sooner did he start to lose faith of himself seeing the show, the ticket lady said a few more tickets were for sale.

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We decided to sit in the front row of the packed balcony. My friends made good use of the upstairs bars and bought drink after drink. I stayed sober and made sure we had a safe ride back to St. Louis. The show opened with DJ Fundo spinning a great variety of music that got the crowd moving, buying drinks and feeling awesome. After a thirty minute set DJ Fundo handed the tables over to the Dj for Dem Atlas. Dem Atlas is a new artist on Rhymesayers Entertainment. He started his first song by simply talking into the mic before transforming the song into a full blown hip hop jam. The way he jumped around, made crazy faces while spitting his sharp lyrics reminded me of a young Busta Rhymes. Not so much of his voice or rhyme style but his in your face over the top performance that ensured all eyes were on him.

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Dem Atlas made the most of his short time and rocked his set front to back. It was super fun to watch him completely blow away the audience. Before he left he told the crowd he recently completed a full length CD for sale now! It is worth checking out. Look into Dem Atlas online because you will be hearing a lot from him the coming years.

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After Dem Atlas the party starting, DJ Fundo came back to get the crowd hype for one of my personal favorites PROF. He spun some great party records such as Biggie, Snoop and other hip hop staples between the set changes. He made sure the crowd was nice and warm for his partner in crime PROF.

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Prof came on stage and right away got things moving. He is really fun to watch as he bounces back and forth across the stage. He got the people around us commenting on his crazy style almost as soon as he hit the stage.

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He played a diverse set of old and new Prof material which was mixed in between the normal hilarious stage banter between him, DJ Fundo and of coarse the crowd. They really had a lot of fun with the Columbia crowd.

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In late 2013 Prof signed a deal with Rhymesayers Entertainment and has been busy ever since. He played his new single ” Farout ” for which a new music video was released last month on the Rhymesayers youtube channel. I dig the new music and I am really looking forward to his next album.

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After a 45 minute set mixed with jokes, hiphop, singing, dancing and all around madness from him and Fundo. Prof called it a night but not before someone in the crowd brought him a shirt threw it on stage and of coarse Prof put it on right then and there. It said Doap. on the black shirt and it was fitting because Prof was pretty damn Dope.

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There was no DJ in between Prof and the headliner of the evening Atmosphere. Each second that passed the crowd packed in tighter on the floor. When the lights dropped the crowd erupted with a super loud cheer. Only to be met by Ant and Dj Plain Ole Bill on the turntables who started dropping these crazy sounds and beats through the house speakers.

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Out of the darkness Slug appeared on stage with a hooded jacket and said whats up to the adoring Columbia, MO fans. The beat dropped, the crowd went nuts as Slug broke into the song ” January On Lake St. ” From the new album ” Southsiders “. Which was fitting since there was a custom Southsiders neon light hanging right above the DJ’s heads.

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Together Atmosphere put on a classic set from the get go. The song ” God Loves Ugly ” was the 3rd song in the career spanning setlist that they brought to the table. Each song left you guessing of what would follow next.

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Each Atmosphere performance is completely different from the next, Slug is often changing the words up just for extra fun. Ant does the same with the music by taking the beats you are used to and putting a fresh live spin on each one to make it live art right before your eyes.

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Together the three of them absolutely KILLED this performance which made for easily one of the best shows I have seen all year, if not the best! People were hanging off the shaking balcony just losing their minds to the music.

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After 60 minutes of pure hip hop Slug told the crowd thank you and left the stage. I noticed a couple of songs were notably missing from this setlist. After a few minutes Slug came back on stage to grab his jacket which he had said he forgot. Looking shocked at the crowd he asked ” What the fuck are you guys still doing here?” The crowd wasn’t ready to leave just yet so he gave us a few more classic Atmosphere tracks to send us on our way.

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It has become a custom at Atmosphere shows that he and his tourmates freestyle before leaving the building. He brought Prof and Dem Atlas back to the stage for a freestyle session. It featured a really funky beat and each of the three emcees having a lot of fun spitting freestyle rhymes over it.

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Before actually calling it a night he let Prof And Dem Atlas stay on stage and help him with the song ” Trying To Find A Balance ” which resulted in a killer performance of the popular song. The DJ’s each let loose with everything they had and it was like the grand finale of a fireworks display coming through the speakers.

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This show was incredible, very thankful to be in the house for this one. When this comes to town, get to this show you will not be let down. They are on the second leg of this tour through November and it might be coming to a venue near you. Go out and support good live music this tour will not let you down.

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For more information on all of the artist go check out Rhymesayers.com/

Atmosphere Announces September 2012 US Tour Dates

Atmosphere Announces September 2012 US Tour Dates

Atmosphere has just announced dates for a September 2012 US Tour. The trek will kick off in the group’s home state of Minnesota on September 7th and visit the Northwest, Rocky Mountains and Southwest before wrapping up September 26th in Austin Texas. Joining the band will be I Self Devine and Carnage. Per Atmosphere’s Facebook page fan pre-sale starts tomorrow July 18th and regular on-sale starts Friday July 20th.

Atmosphere September 2012 US Tour Dates:

 

09.07 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze Outdoors*
09.08 – Fargo, ND @ The Venue @ The Hub
09.10 – Bozeman, MT @ SUB Ballroom
09.11 – Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theatre
09.12 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
09.14 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
09.15 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox @ The Market
09.16 – Portland, OR @ Roseland
09.17 – Ashland, OR @ Ashland Armory
09.19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
09.20 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theatre
09.21 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
09.22 – Lubbock, TX @ Wrecker’s
09.24 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee
09.25 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
09.26 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s East

*Atmosphere and I Self Devine Only

2012 Rock The Bells Festival Announce Dates and Lineup

2012 Rock The Bells Festival Announce Dates and Lineup

Information for the 2012 Rock The Bells Festival has been announced. The shows will be spread out over two days and will hit three major US markets (Bay Area, Southern California and Camden, NJ). Highlights of the festival include Method Man and Redman performing Blackout in its entirety, Immortal Technique, Deltron 3030, Salt N Pepa, Yelawolf and many more. Also worth the price of admission will be the only North American festival appearances of Missy Elliot and Timbaland as well as a 20th anniversary reunion of Bone Thugs N Harmony who will perform E. 1999 Eternal from front to back with a special tribute to Easy-E. Can we be the first to start the hologram rumors?

Take note that some artists on the above poster will only appear in select markets. For up to the minute details on Rock The Bells 2012, check out the official site by clicking here.

 

-As of June 4th, additions to the roster include DMX, Eve, Jadakiss, Pusha T and Future.  This helpful information comes from Hip Hop DX

The following artists were added to the San Bernardino lineup on July 18th.

KRS-One
Xzibit
Hieroglyphics
EL-P
Killer Mike
Casey Veggies
Machine Gun Kelly
KiD iNk
I Self Devine
Chief Keef
Slim da Mobsta

2009 Epicenter Music Festival 08/22/09: Fairplex – Pomona, CA

Epicenter Festival 09

08/22/09 Fairplex: Pomona, CA

Words/Photos by Reverend Justito

Why waste time with a long introduction about the Fairplex at Pomona (you know, where they race ponies) lets just get to the f’n music!

Street Sweeper Social Club:

Street Sweeper Social Club: 08/22/09: Epicenter Festival - Pomona, CA

Chances are I would not have shown up to this festival till much later in the day if it was not for SSSC opening up the cavernous main stage.  As someone who spent their formative years (musically speaking) in the 1990’s I was not about to miss a chance to see Tom Morello live in person (having not seen him perform since the 90’s).  Not knowing anything about his new project (which features Boots Riley from The Coup), I was blown away by their oh so brief opening set.  Decked out in matching military jackets, the five piece outfit blazed through a handful of songs from their debut record.  When not having us take “The Oath” the politically charged band (strike that, as was repeated through the entire set by Riley, they are not a band, but a Social Club) was pumping out high energy rap meets funk meets MC5 jams like “Fight! Smash! Win” and “100 Little Curses”.  Perhaps the biggest crowd pleaser was their cover of MIA’s “Paper Planes” which became an all out assault against the current bank bail out by our Government.  Morello was going crazy the entire set, making his guitar produce noises that NO ONE has been able to replicate in 20 years.  I was so impressed, as soon as the Social Club closed with “Nobody Moves til We Say Go” I was off to the merch tent to pick up the album.

Hollywood Undead:

Hollywood Undead: 08/22/09: Epicenter Festival - Pomona, CA

I was curious about this six piece crunk rock outfit hailing from my old home town.  I have heard a few of their hits on the radio (and have seen plenty of graffiti left around the streets of LA bearing their name) and it’s not really my thing I suppose.  However, I went in with open ears was somewhat surprised with their 30+ minute set in the muggy Pomona heat.  Songs like “No. 5” and “Undead” got the mainly white male crowd excited.  I think my highlight was a song called “California”, that was still hard hitting, but had the alt/pop sensibilities of Weezer.  The collective closed their set with the hit “Everywhere I Go” which managed to get a small pit going at the front of the stage.  Personally, I don’t think I would rush to a merch booth to buy a record by this act, but they were somewhat enjoyable.  I am glad I went in with an open mind, and wouldn’t be opposed to seeing them again somewhere down the road.

Atreyu:

Atreyu: 08/22/09: Epicenter Festival - Pomona, CA

Atreyu was terrible.  I mean they were truly terrible.  We lasted 1 ½ songs, before running for some shade (where sadly we could still hear them).  Seriously, the fact that these complete tools have a career at all is shocking.  I am sure the corn in the dookie that I left in the port-a-potty could could better songs.  I now understand why their front man was booooed at the 2009 Golden Gods Awards.  Perhaps the biggest crime of these complete and total waste of sperm is their name.  They are not worthy of having such a cool band name, and I urge Congress to act quickly to strip them of it.  Hell, lets just have Congress drop a bomb on their tour bus.

Atmosphere:

Ant & Slug of Atmosphere: 08/22/09: Epicenter Festival - Pomona, CA

All I know is that Atmosphere has a great buzz around them (part of that buzz was actually featured here by our man BeeZnutZ a few months back) and they were set to close the Monster Energy Drink Side Stage at 4:20.  Seemed like the logical place to be for someone like myself.  Just before 4:20, the Minneapolis hip hop duo (featuring rapper Slug and DJ Ant) took to the tiny stage and figured they could start early and sneak an extra song in.  I couldn’t tell you a single song title excpet “Shoulda Known” but they were really good.  I have to assume the organic hip hop act would work better in a small club, this was a great taste for me into the infinite possibilities this act.  Plus he got the crowd to chant make dinner dinner so that was pretty cool.  I need to explore these guys deeper for sure.  We cut out about 2/3rds into their set to get a good spot at the main stage.

Wolfmother:

Wolfmother: 08/22/09: Epicenter Festival - Pomona, CA

Wow, where do I start on this one?  I won’t lie, when Wolfmother first came on the scene I somewhat dug it, checked out their record.  But as I got deeper into them, I was turned off by how it just lacked a certain something.  By the time Mike Patton was all over You Tube ranting about how unoriginal this Australian outfit was, well lets just say I was drinking his Kool-Aid and hoping off the Wolfmother bandwagon.  Knowing how front man Andrew “temper tantrum” Stockdale had fired the entire band, I went into their dinner time set with an open mind, but didn’t expect much.  I think it was about three minutes into their opening song “Dimension” when my mind was made up.  Wolfmother is a bad joke and truly generic, boring and un-stimulating.  The band played with no feeling at all.  Stockdale had to repeatedly ask their drummer (who sported a full on Mexi-mullet) to speed up, which sadly he was too fat and out of shape to do.  The band seemed to mix (dare I say) classic Wolfmother with songs from their upcoming “Cosmic Egg” record.  One new song, “California Dream” was basically Kasabian on their worst day trying to be Fu Manchu, while another new song “New Moon Rising” sounded like Black Sabbath being fronted by a goat.  I don’t know how anyone could have taken it seriously.  The band even struggled on their biggest hit – “Woman” with a very sloppy middle section that featured Stockdale running around stage like a four year old who was sent to his room without supper.  “Mind’s Eye” was an even bigger train wreck than “Woman” if you can imagine that.  Stockdale further grew upset by the lack of response from the crowd.  I guess no one told him that a field of sunburnt dope smokers are not going to waste their energy clapping for a band whose bass player appears equally burnt (no joke, I think he gave up at one point).  I have to assume that this may very well be the end of Wolfmother in the states.  Face it:  you’re an untalented cry baby who indulged himself by playing pathetic new material to close instead of a crowd favorite like “Joker and the Thief”.  The stop watch has counted down 14 minutes; make the most of it while it lasts.

Alice in Chains:

Alice in Chains: 08/22/09: Epicenter Festival - Pomona, CA

Now this is what I was truly looking forward too.  I have been a huge fan of Alice in Chains for over 15 years now.  However, I was too young to catch them live the first time around, and sadly Lane was a waste of flesh and bones by the time I started going to concerts on a regular basis.  You can only imagine my excitement to see them at this festival.  I thought my brain was going to explode when the band opened their set with “Rain When I Die”.  It’s amazing how similar to Lane, yet distinct new front man William DuVall  sounds.  The man can belt it out, and has a great stage presence.  We were on bassist Mike Inez’s side of the stage, as he dropped bomb and bomb in classic Chains hits like “Man In The Box” and “Them Bones”.  The band played two new songs (sorry, I didn’t catch the titles) and both were very solid (and better presented than Wolfmother).  However it was the classics that got people moving (including the first full blown pit of the afternoon).  The group closed with the one-two punch of “Would?” and “Rooster” .  Despite being covered in sweat from the sun all day, I found myself having goose bumps during the last number.  Both axe slinger Jerry Cantrell and DuVall sounded so good together on the vocals of what I guess would be AIC’s biggest hit.  Perhaps the crowd (at near capacity) singing along the melody rich opening lyrics added a bit to my bumps.  As a life long fan, the 45 minute set was much too short for me, but also truly magical.  In fact it was a dream come true and my personal highlight from Epicenter 09.

Linkin Park:

Chester of Linkin Park: 08/22/09: Epicenter Festival - Pomona, CA

A funny thing happened as the sun set behind the grand stand of the Fairplex @ Pomona.  As roadies set the stage for the only North American appearance of Linkin Park in 2009, the douche bags came out in alarming numbers.  While I don’t go out of my way to listen to Linkin Park, I have nothing against them.  However, you can not turn on rock radio in Southern California without hearing at least one Linkin Park song an hour.  They are the Depeche Mode of heavy metal.  Catchy Pop songs with neat lil computer riffs and large Metallica-esque power chords.  While I prefer something with a little more thought behind it, this music is the perfect backdrop for simple minded douche bags in Affliction shirts who enjoy beating the snot out of each other after spending $100 on 10 cups filled full of delicious Rocky Mountain Goodness.  This is exactly what happened during the LP’s set.  The band played hit after hit after hit to the delight of the simple minded masses.  “Somewhere I Belong”, “Faint”, “Crawling” and “What I’ve Done”, you know, all the songs you and I are sick and tired of despite no longer listening to terrestrial radio.  I know that sounds a tad mean, but with the mix of earlier mentioned D-bags I found myself having more fun throwing trash at various tweekers who used a safety barrier to stand upon to enrich their view, and selfishly blocking the view of thousands behind them.  Musically there were two highlights for me.  The first was “Numb” which happens to be my favorite Linkin Park song.  As with all the other songs, the band played it to perfection, never missing a beat as DJ/band dictator worked hard on his laptop.  The other highlight was “Breaking The Habit”.  Towards the end of this one, the PA suddenly went silent.  While the band didn’t realize this at first, the crowd sure did.  Yet instead of getting hostile, the sweaty blob of humanity sang along with the band, turning it into a rather special moment.  The band eventually noticed, and managed to start back up where they left off as soon as the PA was restored.  A very pro move, showing that despite not being on tour all year, this band is very tight and play together very well.  For as special as this moment was, it was short lived as lead singer Chester Bennington used Epicenter 09 as the perfect chance to commit suicide.

Dead By Sunrise:

Dead By Sunrise: 08/22/09: Epicenter Festival - Pomona, CA

We were treated to a very large promotional blitz for Bennington’s new project all day.  Street teamers covered the venue with glossy promo posters, while a small place circled the venue for hours dragging a banner that read “Who Is Dead By Sunrise?”  Towards the end of LP’s set, the band left, and roadies quickly brought out some synthesizers and drum sets.  Chester returned and mentioned how he would be debuting some new songs with his new band (featuring Ryan Shuck and Amir Derakh formerly of Orgy) and wanted to know what we thought.  I think he found out as the entire crowd sent a thunderous collective boo towards the stage after the first song.  Simply saying thank you, the band launched into the next song, which somehow managed to be worse than the first one.  It was at this time when trash was thrown upon stage, middle fingers were raised and the crowd quickly grew upset.  It was clear by the third and final song that this little promo stunt had gone horribly wrong.  Shuck (who is now a fat bloated old man still trying to act like he’s a cool hip 21) threw a temper tantrum that would have made Wolfmother proud, throwing his guitar and once again coming to the shocking realization that no one gives two craps about his piss poor techno guitar rock sound.  As chants for Tool came from the crowd, the musicians quickly left the stage with their tails between their legs. Hell, it may be the first time in history that a drummer threw sticks into the crowd only to have the person who caught them throw them back.  Atreyu owes these guys a gift basket of cookies or something, as it saved them from being the worst band all day.  Thankfully, Linkin Park came back out (with Chester seemed to be holding back tears) to play the Transformers 2 song, another nameless hit that sounds like all the other hits before finally closing with “One Step Closer”.

Tool:

Adam Jones of Tool: 08/22/09: Epicenter Festival - Pomona, CA

I am a huge fan of Tool, and along with Alice In Chains, they were the reason I purchased a ticket for this festival.  Having seen Tool four times over the years, I knew exactly what I was in for – a skull fucking sensory overload of massive proportions.  However, despite playing a very similar set list as the 10,000 Days tour, this set a unique twist.  Mr. Maynard James Keenan was “kicked in the balls by God” or so he said, and was on crutches with a bad leg.  After the band opened with a skull crushing version of “Jambi” a very chatty Keenan shared how he had hurt himself, and how he should be praised for even showing up, as lesser pretentious singers such as HIMSELF would have cancelled the gig.  He mentioned how he knew it was important for the audience to “get drunk and run into each other” and he didn’t want to let em down.  Despite Keenan’s numerous apologies for his lack luster performance, I thought he and the rest of the band sounded fine.  Hits like “46 & 2” and “Stinkfist” kept the crowd happy while crazy images created by guitarist Adam Jones were projected upon giant video screens.  “Schism” caught me off guard as it had a really fast middle bridge section, almost more punk rock than prog.  It was during this song that a large fire made from a days worth of trash and or various promo material broke out on the large infield, prompting Keenan to encourage the crowd to “Stop, Drop and Roll.”  My personal highlight was the intense ode to acid and aliens that is “Rosetta Stoned”.  I must be honest, instead of the normal lighting fast verses, I think Keenan was just making lyrics up.  I have no clue what he said, but I must assume it was inspired by any and all pain killers the wine enthusiast was on because of the bad leg.  Perhaps the highlight for the massive audience was the title track to the Aenima record.  With Keenan opening the song by saying “Nothing Personal”, the Bill Hicks inspired song attack on collective home of Los Angeles was perhaps the loudest sing along of the night.  Honestly, despite playing for 90 minutes and going well past curfew, the Tool set was not nearly long enough for me (I think Linkin Park actually had a longer set).  Despite aches and pain from standing for hours, I wanted so much more, but sadly that was not to be.  I truly figured the band would close with “Lateralus”, but thankfully we got to end with the recent modern rock radio hit “Vicarious”.  As drummer Danny Carey (in full Kobe Bryant uniform) pounded out the final notes, we began the long walk back to our car, satisfied knowing that we got to not only witness Tool during one of their down times, but were able to witness a wonderful day of music.

In closing, the 2009 Epicenter Festival was a massive success.  Sure, all the bands may not have been pleasing on the ears, but it was a great day, with a great vibe.  Kudos to the event producers for putting on a truly fan friendly festival with hardly any flaws.  I truly hope this new festival continues to grow and that 2010 is even better than this year.

The Crowd @ Epicenter 09

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Atmosphere And Brother Ali Rock The Pageant.

Atmosphere w/ Brother Ali

The Pageant – St. Louis, MO 05/21/09

Words/Photos/Videos by BeeZnutZ

 

I have been down with Rhymesayers Entertainment for about 5 years. My friend took me to the store to buy “God Loves Ugly” in 2003. I also believe he got Sage Francis “Sick of Waiting Tables” the same day. We rolled around St. Louis checking out graffiti throughout the city relaxing bumping this hip hop in his car.

Hip Hop is a whole lifestyle and Atmosphere to me represents. I liked his music but couldn’t have envisioned of what his live show would bring. Disappointments and let downs are far too common in some of todays live hip hop acts. Atmosphere falls far from that category and into one of his one.

Every tour is different for Atmosphere, a different theme, a different feel, a different band. One thing stays the same he always comes to rock it. Slug has not forgotten the years it has taken him to play those dirty clubs or his fans. Atmosphere as a group has earned every bit of there success.

When I saw them announce a show at one of my favorite venues in st louis “The Pageant”. I was quick to request off work as for I knew Atmosphere would be a dope show regardless.

The day of the show, I sat around getting things ready for my trips coming up and working around the house. I called up my buddy Curtis to see what he was doing that night. He replied with ” what do you think I’m doing” by which he meant he was obviously going to see Atmosphere.

See back in the day in 2005 Curtis bought this poster he loved of mine off me for 80 bucks. With that 80 dollars we went and saw Atmosphere 4 hours away in Louisville. Great Show, Great Adventure and DAMN I miss the days when 80 bucks would take you on a road trip damnit. That was my first Atmosphere show and I still have the show poster on my wall to remind me of that trip.

Anyway I decided to Ride with Big Curt and get my Drank on. So thats what I did. I had 3 strong drinks before I went in and then walked straight up to the bar and ordered one more. Thats my level right there. As soon as I turn around with my drink someone familiar walks by.

It’s Slug from Atmosphere. I stumbled over to where he was kicking it with a few other keen fans signing ticket stubs and what not. I chatted with him for a minute about the tour, the album and everything else. We took a quick picture together and I kept it moving.

This Tour was called the “When God Gives You Ugly” Tour. After viewing the picture of me and Slug I noticed that I was rocking my “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” Shirt. Which was a good fit for the night thinking back on it. Got a few random compliments while i was posted at the bar. Then Brother Ali hit the stage.

I ran down to the first tier and started doing a few video clips because I like Brother Ali’s music a lot. After the first song I get BUSTED. Nothing happens the security guy was cool and told me “They don’t mind photo’s but no VIDEO”. That sucked oh well. Brother Ali Killed it for 30-40 minutes and got the crowd more than ready for ATMOSPHERE. Who hadn’t played a St Louis show in about 2 Years.

The crowd was hype, tons of random people from my past popped up for this show. People I hadn’t seen in 5-9 YEARS were stopping me in the crowd. Really crazy messed up awkward moments at this show.

Atmosphere hit the stage and came out ripping it. His second or third song was my favorite Atmosphere song “God Loves Ugly” off the album god loves ugly which they just remastered and rereleased. Atmosphere is comprised of Slug and Ant who does the production. This show they had a Keyboardist, A guitar player and a back up singer. It all blends together nicely into a unique hip hop show.

No two atmosphere shows are the same and this one was hype. It took about 3 songs for Slug to lose the hoodie he was wearing. He played all the popular tracks plus a bunch of older songs as well that got the crowd going. What I like most about his performances is the improvisations in each of his songs. He doesn’t make it the same as on the record some people don’t like that but when used in the right situations as he does. It makes the moment, the music, the show mean that much more. One of a kind.

Another notable song was “Always coming back home to you” That is my favorite song off the album “Seven’s Travel’s”. The crowd got the craziest during “Trying to find a Balance” which was fun. I loved the intro story Slug has for “Modern Man’s Hustle” I would totally jack the story if I tried to retell it. So I wont. Go see the show.

After about 45-55 minutes they stopped the music and announced that was the end of the show and if it was cool that they would do an encore but they didn’t want to have to leave the stage. As bands normally do, Slugs words were” C’mon you really think I am not going to play an ENCORE???? I have Played St Louis in 2 plus years and I’m not gonna do a ENCORE????”

So he Ripped a Few other songs, last one being joined by Brother Ali. Then It is my favorite part of the show. At the end of All RHYMESAYERS shows they always ask” Is it cool if we Freestyle?”. The crowd always loves it. They Freestyled for 6 plus minutes taking turns over the beat the band made for them.

Awesome show, Awesome Energy, Awesome Night. If you aren’t a RHYMESAYERS fan you best check yourself before you wreck YO’ SELF and listen to some good hip hop. Oh yeah GO SEE A SHOW.

BzNtz 09′





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