[Hip-Hop] Atmosphere – Kanye West

Kanye West

Before you have a heart attack at the prospects of a hip-hop collaboration of unfathomable proportions, we want to stop you from making any dangerous assumptions. This is a song by Atmosphere, and the title of the song is “Kanye West.” Yeezy had no involvement with this song at all unfortunately, and nor is this a tribute to him either. The motivation for this one is best explained by Slug himself, who recently told Pigeons & Planes 

I wanted to write a song about loving something so much that you submit to the moment.
The single itself carries with it a familiarly gritty Atmosphere sound. It may be 2014, but Slug’s storytelling skills are as poignant as ever, and Ant‘s work behind the boards just as immaculate. Now that we’ve heard the first two singles from Southsiders, we could not be more excited for the release of the group’s upcoming album on May 6th. Stream the track above, and head over to iTunes to pre-order the album and receive copies of “Bitter” and “Kanye West” instantly. You can catch the official video for “Bitter” as well after the jump.

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[Hip/Hop] Kristoff Krane – Work (Ft. Slug)

Kristoff Krane is a smaller name in hip-hop, having been a member of a handful of groups in and around Minneapolis. But he’s certainly a man who has paid his dues, touring his mid-western behind off since released his first solo album in 2008. In 2010 he’s released two albums: “Picking Flowers Next To Roadkill” and “Hunting For Father”.

Lacking any kind of major star power, “Work” succeeds on its own merit. Strange Matter produced an incredibly clear, bumping beat that acts perfectly as a canvas to Krane’s lyrical musings on labour. Guest emcee Slug (from Minneapolis group Atmosphere) contributes positively to the track as well. I haven’t checked out the rest of his albums yet, but this track makes me want to.

Kristoff Krane – Work (Ft. Slug)

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