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Atmosphere: Seven's TravelsSeven's Travels (2003)
Epitaph Records

Reviewer Rating: 2.5
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Contributed by: radiokillsremixradiokillsremix
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What the fuck is punk rock anyway? Out of nowhere last year, Epitaph embraced indie-hip-hop like it was the cure to SARS. Not only did they sign a distribution deal with Rhymesayers Entertainment, they also signed whom some have called "the poster boy of emo-rap," Sage Francis. I don't believe in an.
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What the fuck is punk rock anyway? Out of nowhere last year, Epitaph embraced indie-hip-hop like it was the cure to SARS. Not only did they sign a distribution deal with Rhymesayers Entertainment, they also signed whom some have called "the poster boy of emo-rap," Sage Francis. I don't believe in any of the hype surrounding the emo-rap messiahs because of the bullshit label, I believe in the hype surrounding them because they are just too goddamn good to ignore. It seems that the most original and fresh music is coming out of underground hip hop labels, and not the most often considered former pioneers in the punk rock movement labels (ie: Fat Wreck Chords.)

Atmosphere released their debut album on Epitaph/Rhyme Sayers Entertainment last year with "Seven's Travels." Sean Daley (alias Slug) takes the listener through a campfire sitting worth of different life lessons, tour stories, and just plain off the wall drunken tales. The album starts off with where GodLovesUgly left off, not daring to graze much off of the formula that Ant has provided for Slug for a decade. Trying To Find A Balance, the first video and single off the album starts with a fist and ends with a weak finger point. Lines like, "Yeah, I've got some last words, fuck all y'all! Stop writin' raps and go play volleyball!" spoil the song regardless of Slug's delivery.

The album bounces everywhere, from dark depressing lyrics to catchy pop-infused choruses. He has a track with his albino Rhymesayers' colleague Brother Ali which is supported by weak beats from Ant. However, it'd be wrong to say that this album lacks all good. National Disgrace as well as the secret track after Always Coming Back Home To You (Say Shhhh!) are standout performances which seem to brush upon the good old Slug-fucked up pothead from Minnesota just rapping for the hell of it, instead of the Slug that seems to be displayed on the rest of this record (Los Angeles has fucked me up-style-Slug).

There was a time when Slug couldn't be touched by anyone, his rhymes, beats, and style was unheard of and original. It's a shame that while growing so much as an artist; he has left behind the roots and originality that we fell in love with him for. Slug, I think it's time for us to see other people.

 

 
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dbug (February 24, 2009)

A white dude sportin' a hawk doing some underground hip hop is dope. i wasn't much of a fan of hip hop, period. Until I heard these guys

Anonymous (February 12, 2004)

http://punknews.org/reviews.php?op=albumreview&id=1370

Icapped2pac (February 10, 2004)

Yo yo, 139 and Lennox is the Danger Zone.... Yo Ramo, good to see you know what's up on the Gang Starr tip, MOT is only slightly ahead of HTE in my book. Both are incredible.... And Sickbwoy, I used to think Bumpy Knucks was the shit too, until the Konexxion LP he just put out. It was almost complete garbage, save for the Premo track and a couple others. He's made plenty of wack shit too before Gang Starr put him back on the map. His verse on "The Militia" is one of the best bragadaccio rhymes in hip-hop history, though. He fuckin' KILLED it.

And to the rest of you readers, as a die-hard fan of true-school hip-hop, I'm very impressed to see so much intelligent discussion of it. I would welcome more reviews of hip-hop albums, especially since there isn't really a user-interactive hip-hop site like this one, not that I've found at least. Maybe there could be a seperate section for them, to keep these fucking crybabies silent. It's so sad that they have nothing better to do than click on a link for a review that THEY APPARENTLY NEVER WANTED TO READ IN THE FIRST PLACE. Fuckin douchewallas.

Anonymous (February 10, 2004)

I have nothing against this group or whatever they are, but this is supposed to be punknews. But then again its not the first non punk news i.e. simple plan, blink, etc. news they have on here.

Anonymous (February 10, 2004)

So since there's a review of an Atmosphere album on www.punknews.org, I'm assuming that you will post reviews by Wu-tang Clan, Outkast, Eminem, A Tribe Called Quest, etc.?
I like Atmosphere, and the others I mentioned, but simply because this album was put out by Epitaph, doesn't mean it should be on here.

notfeelingcreative (February 10, 2004)

"God Loves Ugly" ts a better record. So is sage franci's "Personal Journals" and the last Hieroglyphics album.

CrankWillDestroy (February 10, 2004)

Big L put out one of the best and most underrated/overlooked hip-hop albums, in my opinion. 'Lifestylez Ov the Poor and Dangerous' is what defines hip-hop for me. 139 and Lennox, what? RIP
*pours some malt liquor out

funkisdead (February 9, 2004)

kool keith is allowed to thump his chest, unlike 90% of the whack rappers out there.

Anonymous (February 9, 2004)

If you ask me.. those lyrics you put up are the same as all rap. Just a bunch of chest thumping. While Slug does that once in a while, he just doesn't dwell on it as much as all of the other stuff out there. While some of his Rhymesayers mates are close.. i still don't think anyone is as poignant as Slug.

Anonymous (February 9, 2004)

"i like all kinds of music except for rap and country"

i dont dislike people who think like this, it's more of a pity thing.

REALPUNX4LIFE (February 9, 2004)

If you want people to listen to music similar to Atmosphere without them bitching about it not being punk, review some Lifter Puller. Or you bitches should just listen to Lifter Puller. "Soft Rock" is the best purchase your dumb asses could make. Get on that shit, now. Plus, Slug makes frequent cameos on and references to their shit. Craig Finn's got better phrasing, anyways.

Are you dancing like you're staggering drunk? Or are you drinking like you're trying to dance?

Atmosphere's good, though. And by the way, this site is called "Punknews.org" not "Punkreviews.org." If they put up a review of something that's not punk, they didn't break the fragile social construct that you believed you had coming into this website. So eat it, babies.

Anonymous (February 9, 2004)

Here's another one by the unparalleled Kool Keith, called leave me alone, the closer to "first come, first server," recorded as dr dooom and released on threshold records in 1999.
*****************
Yeah
To all my fans
The people, who don't know..
What I been goin through
To make my, own..

Now it's time to hurt your feelings.
As an upset music industry fan
Hey yo my man, look at my hand, they look human right?
You think I'm a monster, a circus clown
Not a specimen, don't look at me funny when I come around
A&R been tryin to figure me out for years
Tryin to re-duplicate me but they can't so they hate me
While white boys run the head of black music with a Japanese assistant
What does a Chinese kid know about the rap game? That's a shame
As I see and watch on BET
There's a million uncreative rappers tryin to be me
I'm startin to feel like Jimi Hendrix
when they covered the story who started rock
Magazines put blankets over my interviews
They don't wanna see me on channel 7 news, tellin the truth
off the project roof, they always have secret spies with eyes
Watchin me recordin my album, send in producers with wack tracks
and DAT's, messin up my whole format
Can you imagine somethin on the kneeboard with Con-Funk-Shun?
With an alternative hippie kid from the record label watchin your back
Talkin about, 'Mariah Carey's funky,'
Makin the average group buckdance like a barrel full of monkies
While I break out to shoppin mall he's makin a quick phone call
about my sound is too new and different
I need to be regular like Dru Hill and a little more ill
(Hey Keith, we want you to be ill)

Leave me alone, leave me alone!
(Politics, politics..)
Leave me alone, leave me alone!
(Politics, politics..)
Leave me alone, leave me alone!
(Politics, politics..)
Leave me alone, leave me alone!
(Politics, politics..)

Of course I'm hard to work with cause you hard to work with
I don't wanna meet Insane Clown Posse and collaborate
I'm tryin to innovate and think quick at a fast rate
Why you mad cause I'm original - you can't do the material
when I sit back and watch you act big
Spend your budget on your video
I'm in one of my three luxury apartments eatin Raisin Bran cereal
While you front low, I take my bike ride down to Wells Fargo
How long is it gonna take, nine-hundred-thousand to clear?
Taken with a career, I don't need a Benz this year
Took care of my paperwork
Takin United Taxi out to Vegas
while the average R&B group is doin a promo concert
Ignorin your phone calls from broke labels
who try to put out underground MC's
Tryin to get me to rap on a wack jazz track for one G
How dare you try to insult me?

I got 40 grand for three minutes to write a song with Prodigy
Other crews don't get budget, got the nerve to call me
Welcome to the business, stand as a witness
Work on your stomach, do physical fitness
I ain't playin, all
us Africans all look the same
I don't need a Joey Neckbone puttin his artwork on my CD
Drawin Apple Jacks and Honeycomb with me sittin on the throne
No I'm takin a regular picture by the hotel St. Bonaventure
Besides I do wear a coat in the winter
and eat at beautiful restaurants

Leave me alone, leave me alone!
(Politics, politics..)
Leave me alone, leave me alone!
(Politics, politics..)
Leave me alone, leave me alone!
(Politics, politics..)
Leave me alone, leave me alone!
(Politics, politics..)

Why you think I should wear a motorcycle helmet??
Why don't you wear it?! Put on some wings like a parrot
Let's discuss this contract
Why are you hypin up a normal female group with fat cellulite
that sound wack? Most of y'all goin out like Uncle Tom's
like Louis Armstrong
Wearin a tattoo and goin onstage like Tracy Chapman
I cancelled a big tour cause I was prepared
Y'all on the road with per diem money and y'all scared
While y'all walk and look hard
your manager got his name all over your Versatile card
And plus this video treatment sucks
The fish lens effects, the lens to the camera only cost a hundred bucks
Look at the director, tryin to tell me what to do
I done this before, 14 degrees freezin cold
doin "Poppa Large" with a cage on my head, that's dead
Don't get your imagination too messed up
I'm wearin a Yankee hat and a Starter I'm not dressin up
How you gonna tell me what to wear?!
I don't need mascara and a stylist
Save that for a big rock group like Pantera

Experience, Next Plateau, Mercury, Wild Pitch, EMI, Capitol, DreamWorks
Never got dropped
Put my lyrics away and stopped
Too many people with hands in my projects
havin fantasies of me bein Superman you bein stupid man
I'm like Prince, you might see me once every five years
at the record company
While most of y'all live at the label
beggin for your rent and car notes to be paid
Under the table, doin routine dances for advances
(Ooh, you get involved!)

Leave me alone, leave me alone!
(Politics, politics..)
Leave me alone, leave me alone!
(Politics, politics..)
Leave me alone, leave me alone!
(Politics, politics..)
Leave me alone, leave me alone!
(Politics, politics..)

Anonymous (February 9, 2004)

ah yes the rap side of things.....who ever dropped the deltron side of things is all over the rap one of the best rap albums i have ever bought...as for necro well check out std and really anything off the i need drugs cd......krs-1 is the best ever forget 2pac and biggie(cause i still thin that bigs was overated) krs-1 could tell you a story like a book on a cd.....check out del both sides of the brain if you want a pretty tight rap cd....and pretty much any cd that dan the atomater touches cause he knows what he is doing....and pretty much anything the beasties touch up to

Anonymous (February 9, 2004)

Your rhyme touch is soft kid
like a stripper's ass with a touch of plastic
Writin with a local style
talkin about competitive shit you never mastered
Youse a wannabe thug nigga, you ain't bugged nigga
I cut your bitch-ass up, leave your legs under the rug nigga
Who want the whiplash?
Cigarette burns, broken face hair pinned up in a cast
Me standin on the top of your tour bus
Butt-naked with a fuckin hockey mask
Slicin your cashmere with a sharp 7-Up glass
Don't you know I'm sick nigga? Lick my dick nigga!
Forty-four caliber killer gun-toter
Hide your kneecaps in a Lexus motor
Pack your stomach in a compartment
Old dingy fucked up Bronx apartment
Don't piss me off with a tec-9 loaded in a bullshit street argument
I don't care how hard you get
You just another man that never lived in the projects poppin shit
You ain't stoppin shit, fuck that Batman and Robin shit
and what block you with
Kneel down, make a nigga like you call me Big Ernest
Bake your intestines, throw your stomach in the furnace
Watch the thermostat, you ain't no fuckin fat cat

You never lived in the projects!
You ain't no drug dealer

Rude bwoy with a temper like a Jamaican off a Haitian boat
Carribean ruckus - with an Elvis wig
slap the piss out of one of you untalented rap motherfuckers
Bodyguards won't work
with a 30-shot car bomb under my Dominican shirt
Submachine in the duffle bag
Watchin Sesame Street with my daughter, peepin Ernie and Bert
With backstage passes, wearin a long trenchcoat
Get Morris in your projects
and Jackson in a Madison Square Garden concert
Ready for CBS and NBC, to do a big network
The average guy, havin a product manager
and a female publicist wearin a fuckin bulletproof vest
I got time for motherfuckers actin like Elliot Ness
Winchester sawed off blow your Rolex through your fuckin chest
Splatted body pieces while blood drips off your girl's dress
I'm ready for more progress
Have your head sent home
and a piece of your leg sittin on the record company desk
Extort like a mad nigga Western Union
You don't have a clue men how I get through men

Anonymous (February 8, 2004)

i saw atmosphere last night at the fillmore. this score is for the show, it was everything i hoped it would be. mix of tracks from all the albums except overcast. slug is a great entertainer. mr dibbs is a good dj. even if you don't like the new album (i do), you'll love the live show.

Anonymous (February 8, 2004)

Listen to "Gross Domestic Product" for some good shiznit...or the old wu-tang album.

Ramo
(diversify your bands nigga)

Anonymous (February 8, 2004)

atmosphere isnt bad.. old Jedi Mind Tricks albums are so much better than any other rap ive ever heard in terms of original lyrics and beats

Tigerama (February 8, 2004)

Rhymesayers Enterpainment. Get it right...

Anyway, Lucy Ford is a great album. Atmo is good.I'm sure this album slays.

FortyMinutesWest (February 8, 2004)

I prefer Warsawpack, but that's just me.

Anonymous (February 7, 2004)

Stop, collaborate and listen...

relay1112 (February 7, 2004)

If you're looking for good rap, look no further than Non-Prophet's "Hope" LP. It's fuckin sick. Sage Francis is the best rapper in the business and Joe Beats is a grade-A producer. Together they make the best shit out there... The only thing that comes close is Def Jux (especially El-P and Aesop Rock, but also Mr. Lif).

Anonymous (February 7, 2004)

I love Kool Keith, but Bumpy Knuckles (Freddie Foxx) is fucking where its at.

-sickboi

Anonymous (February 7, 2004)

This is one of his weaker efforts. Godlovesugly had some impressive tracks. This record sounds like the scraps and bad ideas that were tossed away after the last recording session. I don't think Slug can hold a listener's attention for a whole record. He's better off when he's with others. I could listen to Deep Puddle Dynamics every day.

Anonymous (February 7, 2004)

hush

hoo ha!

Anonymous (February 7, 2004)

I yeah forgot to change the score haha ;)

Anonymous (February 7, 2004)

Worst album cover...ever...haha no seriously this score is for rap / hip-hop...god I hate it. Sorry for those of you who enjoy it...I, however can't stand it nor the assholes in this town who listen to it..jerks. 8 Pm: "Let's go smoke this low quality weed in my ugly ass boosted car" 9pm: "Let's go to Mcdonalds" 10pm: "zzzzz"...wow what a life.

Anonymous (February 7, 2004)

i think we need to fire bomb Spin's offices for putting the "emo-" hyphenation on everything. Hey fuckers, just because he's white and from the midwest doesn't make him an emo act. Grow the fuck up.

--Cos

CrankWillDestroy (February 7, 2004)

'even though this is released by epitaph, should it really be reviewed here? '

yes.

Anonymous (February 7, 2004)

this is hands down atmosphere's worst album. if you want the good stuff, go back in the catalogue.

Anonymous (February 7, 2004)

kool keith

Anonymous (February 7, 2004)

i'm glad that hip hop has become accessible to punk kids now that some white rappers have gotten bigger. even though this is released by epitaph, should it really be reviewed here? should i start submitting reviews of air supply albums?

funkisdead (February 7, 2004)

kool keith is the best rapper, ever.
it is a proven fact.
if you know, you know.

Anonymous (February 7, 2004)

Emo rap? Couldn't just call it Rap? Or, god forbid, "good music".

Anonymous (February 7, 2004)

def jux has a lot of great shit on it, that's right...

"fantastic damage" and every single aesop rock record are just so damn amazing...

and (please don't kill me) anticon is great as well! (e.g. last sole record)

radiokillsremix (February 7, 2004)

Check it, I'm not a dumbfuck, I've been following Slug for quite some time now, seeing how Chicago is one of the cities he plays at most frequently. I own all releases leading up to Seven's Travels. Because of the sentence structure, it may seem like I had no idea what I was talking about, saying that Atmos had their OVERALL DEBUT ALBUM, but the truth is, I refer to older Atmosphere styles and albums during the review. Sorry for the confusion. Peace.

Anonymous (February 7, 2004)

Too bad two sentences later he refers to their last album...

"The album starts off with where GodLovesUgly left off"

Anonymous (February 7, 2004)

Shhhhhhhhhhh

soulbleed (February 7, 2004)

to that guy that said i don't know how to read ... Atmosphere released their debut album on Epitaph/Rhyme Sayers ... read that. if it had said 'atmosphere released their debut album FOR epitaph blah blah blah, you'd be right. but they didn't. the way the sentence is constructed, it implies that the epitaph release was their debut.

Anonymous (February 7, 2004)

"I think if you dig this stuff it's worth looking into a couple other Rhymesayers or Def Jux releases like Aesop Rock, Eyedea or Brother Ali."

the new Aesop Rock cd is fuckin great. Great lyrics and prodction

Def Jux is the shit

Anonymous (February 7, 2004)

No, "Moment of Truth" by Gang Starr is the best hip-hop record ever.

good album, but i'm quite partial to "Hard To Earn".

Ramo
(And you'd be happy as hell to get a record deal/Maybe your soul you'd sell to have mass appeal)

Anonymous (February 6, 2004)

Also, Atmosphere did not sign to Epitaph...it's distro deal that Epitaph has with them, kinda like what they do with Burning Heart. Eyedea and Abilities, another act on Rhymesayers is having their next release distro'd by Epitaph, as well. But this doesn't mean that they are on Epitaph.

Anonymous (February 6, 2004)

I think if you dig this stuff it's worth looking into a couple other Rhymesayers or Def Jux releases like Aesop Rock, Eyedea or Brother Ali. All pretty good, progressive hip hop. I think you might be surprised at how good some of the independent hip hop out there is. But there is a lot of garbage, too....

-p@!

lunchbox (February 6, 2004)

i liked the album but was disappointed by atmosphere. godlovesugly was great, in my opinion. i hope ant can stop making garbage beats (cats van bags) and slug write better than mediocre rhymes for their next album. i agree with the review here but i'd give it a higher rating than what was given.

dignin (February 6, 2004)

yeah, God forbid someone on a punk site listen to anything else.

Anonymous (February 6, 2004)

punks trying to comment on hip hop. thats seems pretty cool. but their are no punks on this site. this place should be called: newlisteningfads.org

Anonymous (February 6, 2004)

Del Tha Funkee Homosapien > Atmosphere

gatecrasher (February 6, 2004)

Atmosphere is about the only rap I can get into.

whatsthepoint (February 6, 2004)

I should start by saying; I abhore rap. Or at least I did until I was exposed to Atmosphere/Slug. One could get me to listen to The Roots due to them playing their own instruments, and various songs which held a slight inkling of the amounts of intelligence found on albums by the likes of KRS-1. I was just really sick of the repetitive gangster with nothing to say styles which had been the norm in rap, and therefore had no respect for the entire genre. Then, I was introduced to what has recently become termed "emo-rap", because of the open honesty with which these artists are expressing themselves. Sure, maybe they're not expressing some really thought provoking political feelings, but a far too large percent of current punk music also has nothing to say politically.
Compared to previous albums by Slug, this one is by far the worst, in my humble opinion. But compared to what else is out there, it is by far the best. [7, God Loves Ugly, and my personal favorite Overcast are sooo much better].

Anonymous (February 6, 2004)

yo atmosphere is pretty rad, but just because he dresses like he's in thursday, did warped tour, and put out his record on epitaph doesn't mean that its punk, its still hip-hop

plus lucy ford and god loves ugly were better, but this is better than overcast

Anonymous (February 6, 2004)

the best hip-hop/rap record ever made IMO was Paul's Boutique by The Beastie Boys. Judge it in its correct time period, 1988-89.

Also Deltron 3030 is a close second right in front if Dr. Octagon and Quasimoto

but thats just my opinion

radiokillsremix (February 6, 2004)

This album is shit compared to the entire Lucy Ford ep collection. I love that cd, with all my heart, and still listen to it on a regular basis. This album has a lot of bad filler songs that I skip over to get to the good songs. I don't skip any tracks on the Lucy Ford EP collection cd.

faintedlife (February 6, 2004)

Whoops. Never realize how big my responses have been. Just proving my point extensively.

faintedlife (February 6, 2004)

First off, for those who don't know, Atmosphere was being courted around by all major labels to sign to them. He despised them since they weren't in line with his ethics and...who did he choose? Epitaph. Good choice.

I totally disagree that there are only a small few bright moments on the album. Although it took me at least five listens through Slug's style on Seven's Travels, I find myself reluctant to even listen to Godlovesugly. There are so many great songs (lyrically especially) that carry the momentum throughout the entire album, as opposed to Godlovesugly which tapered off with the exception of Modern Man's Hustle.
My opinion of the good points:
Trying To Find A Balance - Great single, a little weak in the lyrics. But nonetheless it starts the momentum as it should following the intro (History).
Bird Sings Why The Caged I Know - I had mixed feelings about this song for at least a month, but after you open up to the emotion unleashed in the song it grows on you. 'My beautiful bird has gone away...' just repeats in your head and is a perfect ending with one vocal screaming while the others rhythmically support it calmly.
The Keys of Life vs. 15 Minutes of Fame - Ant managed to create an awesome instrumental layer that enhances and supports Slug's ability creating one of the strongest (in my opinion again) songs on the album. If Ant had done any less, it'd still be great.
Lifter Puller - My favorite. Once again half attributed to Ant's work at laying the foundation for Slug; 'You don't know me, you just love me.' Complete with the vinyl scratches. The guitar work carries the beat throughout the piece. Slug weaves such a great tale atop this.
National Disgrace - Slug's lyrics shine through on this criticism of politics and popularity.
Always Coming Back Home To You - The guitar work compliments the beats perfectly while Slug's reminiscent lyrics give a nice icing on the cake. It would've been the perfect ending if that wasn't stolen by the extra track-
Say Shhh - The best track ever created for their hometown (or state, in this matter). The lyrics evoke positive (or negative) aspects of Minnesota while sticking close to home 'and this is where you wanna raise your kids' and 'parks and zoos and things to do with my son.' Slug's lyrics show how much he cares and loves Minnesota/Minneapolis with pride.

If you don't open your mind to a release from a familiar artist, your expectations are going to be way to high for them to achieve satisfaction. That's what it seems happened to this reviewer.

Anonymous (February 6, 2004)

why is hip hop on a punk site

Anonymous (February 6, 2004)

shut up dolemite.

this record is really really good.

wyzo

Icapped2pac (February 6, 2004)

No, "Moment of Truth" by Gang Starr is the best hip-hop record ever. This shit's just OK.

CrankWillDestroy (February 6, 2004)

'Have you heard that song "I get on my knees" (I think) by Necro? That is some of the funniest shit I have ever heard. '

Yea. He's pretty funny, I'll admit that. (and morbid, hence his moniker).

Anonymous (February 6, 2004)

"Let's Get Free" by Dead Prez is the greatest rap record ever.

Anonymous (February 6, 2004)

the term "emo rap" is getting dropped everywhere from Billboard to Canadian Music weekly.

Barkley"labels are for cans"Barkster

Anonymous (February 6, 2004)

rapnews.org motherfuckers

Anonymous (February 6, 2004)

Emo-Rap?

Did I miss something?

- Kirby

Jesse (February 6, 2004)

The Lucy Ford E.P.s will always be my favorite release. It was a pinnacle for Slug's rhymes and Ant's beats. Overcast rules, and whomever posted below, about the "it's the," the song you're looking for is Scapegoat, and it features some of the most intellignet, witty rhymes I've ever heard in a song. God Loves Ugly is definately not a good album. I haven't heard this CD yet. This score is for Lucy Ford E.P.s.

Anonymous (February 6, 2004)

This album was brilliant. One of the best rap albums to come out in recent years. Fuck You to the reviewer

Anonymous (February 6, 2004)

suffers from the same inconsistency as godlovesugly (probably to an even greater degree), but the great songs on here (cats van bags, trying to find a balance, always coming home to you/say shhhh) are so freaking great that i can't hate the album. the truth is, i play it a lot and just skip the filler. i think they've been going downhill since lucy ford, but they can still write great songs and i still have love for them. and i'm seeing them tomorrow.

Anonymous (February 6, 2004)

I actually really like this album from start to finish. There are some weak tracks, but taken as a whole it's a great "road" album - I mean, I feel like I'm going someplace when I listen to it. Also, some of the songs really stand out as exceptional (at least in my book). Regardless - this may be the best hip hop album since 'Blazing Arrow.'

Also: criticize Epitaph if you will, but remixed and bargain priced Bad Religion classics is a damn good idea.

Anonymous (February 6, 2004)

God I love when shit-talkers get burned.

-sickboi

Anonymous (February 6, 2004)

debut ON EPITAPH. as in FIRST ALBUM ON EPITAPH.

read asshole

Anonymous (February 6, 2004)

Soulbleed, did someone shove a parking cone or something up your ass today? Christ.

-sickboi

Anonymous (February 6, 2004)

i heard one song by this guy and he kept repeating "its the..." "its the...." "its the...."

it did not impress me much, but it sounded like an older demo.

soulbleed (February 6, 2004)

you know, people bashed me for my movielife review, and i understand. i mixed up the order of albums, but at least i -acknowledged- that they were made. you, mr. reviewer, failed to realize that this isn't their debut album -- they released two albums on Rhymesayers before this one. One in 1997, and the other in 2002. In 2000, a collection of their EP's was also released. Atmosphere are not new to the hip-hop scene, but you obviously are. This album might not be the greatest way of showing their talents, but it's still pretty good. "God Loves Ugly" is a great place to start if you're just getting into hip-hop -- and just because this group signed to Epitaph doesn't mean anything. Music is music. Shut up, or else know your shit.

maverick (February 6, 2004)

Great review of an incredibly uneven album. "Say Shh" is better than every other song on the record; why hide it?

-Scott

Anonymous (February 6, 2004)

Have you heard that song "I get on my knees" (I think) by Necro? That is some of the funniest shit I have ever heard.

-sickboi

CrankWillDestroy (February 6, 2004)

Emo-rap? That term is so laughable.. Atmosphere is ok, but if you haven't picked up Non-Prophets yet, I suggest you do. Sage and Joe Beats can do no wrong..
And I can't really stand Necro. His delivery sucks, but his production isn't too bad. I prefer his brother Ill Bill and the rest of Non-Phixion. Immortal Technique is badass too.

Anonymous (February 6, 2004)

Slug is alright, but if Brett wants to sign some real undergound shit, sign Necro (sp?), that shit is fucking dope.

-sickboi

Anonymous (February 6, 2004)

The video for "Trying to Find a Balance" makes me laugh. The first time I saw it I thought it was the Vanilla Ice comeback.

Anyway, this is definitely his (their) worst release, but its not horrible.

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