On Friday October 8 the Minneapolis hip-hop duo Atmosphere released their latest studio album, WORD? The album arrived via Nursery rhyme entertainment, the label co-owned by Atmosphere Slug (Sean Daley) and Ant (Antoine Davis).
Along with the album’s release, Atmosphere also shared a music video for the album’s 14th and final song, “Barcade”, featuring none other than the late and great MF LOSS, and the pillar of Rhymesayers Aesop’s Rock.
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After producing records together for almost 25 years, Slug and Ant have managed to make the juice flow with this latest album. From the sharp snares and meaty basslines on “Fleetwood”, to the rich melodies of “Clocked”, Atmosphere has channeled the same mindset from previous albums like God adores the ugly Where You can’t imagine how much fun we are having.
Artists such as Evidence, Sa-Rock, Lateef the orator of truth, Nikki Jean, Moussab, Messiah Muja, Nino bless, and several other features throughout the album. However, it was the collaboration with MF DOOM and Aesop Rock on “Barcade” that stole the show and justified the release of a clip at the same time as the album.
With a masterful musical production by Ant, peppered with a catchy bassline and a returning aura similar to the band’s first Covered! album, “Barcade” sees three deliberate verses from Slug, MF DOOM and Aesop, without wasting time on a chorus.
In a video worthy of his name, the director Rob shaw channels true MF DOOM vibes, making each rapper the “final boss” in their own video game levels. Aesop took the first verse, arriving on screen looking like an alien plant version of a cross between Krumm and Oblina from Aaahh !!! Real monsters. Aesop easily defeated the in-game character, triggering a “GAME OVER”, before DOOM appeared as the final boss in a galaga-style space battle. Arriving as a cartoon version of his iconic mask, DOOM shot destructive beams of light from his eyes as the punchlines flew out of his mouth, creating yet another game for the “protagonist.” The video game character suffered a similar fate during a battle with Slug’s long-toothed alien goblin, reminding viewers that sometimes villains cannot be put down.
Below watch the video for “Barcade” and scroll down for the lyrics and to listen. WORD? in its entirety. Plus, head here for additional listening options.
Strong atmosphere. MF DOOM, Aesop Rock – “Barcade” – (Official Music Video)
[Video: Rhymesayers Entertainment]
Atmosphere – WORD?
Atmosphere ft. MF DOOM, Aesop Rock – “Barcade” – Lyrics
(AESOP ROCK) DUCK, DUCK, I AM TOO NEXT, PUNKS JUMP TO BE SUPLEX, MY 2 CENTS ARE ALL F *** ED UP, SHOULD COME BOY WITH THESE MOOSE HEADS, I RECEIVE BLOOD AND ENTRAMES ON MY WORK CLOTHES, SO NO CLOTHES AND NO DRLES THINGS, I WILL TURBO, YA DO RUN RUN, OR BE COATED IN BUMBLEF * CK, LAPITS HOLES ON RABBITS HOLES, WITHOUT LONG GOODBYE, I AM VAMONOS, I COULD REPAIRING LIKE SOME VAGABOND WHO SCREAMS DIRTY WORDS IN A TRAFFIC CNE, THAT’S NOT THE SHIT! BUT A SICK Joke, I DON’T MIX WELL WITH THIS MILQUETOAST, DAYS ARE WISHED, BUT I GIVE HELL TO THESE TOLLS OF BRIDGE, IT GOES: LATE AT NIGHT, I AM NOT HOLY, I AM SO GONE, DO NOT CHANGE, I AM NOT OLD SCHOOL, I AM NOT A NEW SCHOOL, I AM NO LONGER SCHOOL LIKE SNOW DAYS, THE STOWAWAYS ARE STARTING TO COME OUT, HAVE UP ON ALL AMAZING LANDS, THE MAIN TURN NOMAD, IT’S STILL NO MATCH FOR THESE FOXHOUNDS, SMOKE STACK I’M DEAD INSIDE, 4 WHEELS 1 HELL RIDE, 2 HANDS WITH 10 MIDDLE FINGERS, 1 SH! T GRIN, 2 PECKED EYES, ALL PRESSURIZED, ANTE UP, MY TANTRUM IS IN FULL TILT, DRUM ROLL, COME TALK, I AM LIKE COUGH COUGH, IT’S ALL BULLS
(MF DOOM) SH * TTY FINGERS IN YOUR BOCAL OF WEED THIS WHOLE WORLD IS LIKE FREE VR SHOWS AT REBAR ALL HOKEY AND YEE-HAW KEEP PINCHING YOUR GUITAR VIEW BY DIPPÉ THE PRICE IS JUST FREE CAR WE ARE BOB BARKER BLACK MUCH DARKER FAT MARKER MIC SPARKER METAL PARKA FACING MORE BODY THAN A NIGHT STALKER RAMIREZ SWITCHING EVERYTHING HE SAYS SHE SAYS PREFER TO FOLLOW IT UNLESS IT ITCHES BETWEEN THESE LEGS A METICULOUS HERO GLOWING WITH ZERO EYES GREEN SWINE PACK SC GOT MORE CRYING RAPPERS THAN VILLAIN CRUSH GREEN DUST RAPPERS IN FINE POWDER VANILLA DUTCH POP CLUTCH FEELING RUSH FEELING ON REAL NUTS NO BREAK RAPPERS ALL LARG NO SUPPORT BLANCIES BLANCIES ON THE WHITE FIGHTING WEAPONS AND THESE DEATH THREATS
(SLUG) TAKES A BREATH BEFORE FALLING INTO THE DARK BOTTOM RICH PEOPLE TRY TO EAT YOU BETTER PROTECT YOUR ARMS MOM PICK UP YOUR PHONE AND ACCEPT THE FEES I WILL SEE YOU THURSDAY NEXT THURSDAY WHEN I COLLECT YOUR EARLY THURSDAY ALWAYS NO MATTERS RESPECT NEVER HUNGER FOR ATTENTION NEVER ASKED FOR FORGIVENESS I CHECKED YOUR REFERENCES THEY ALL SAID YOU ARE EXTRA INOFFENSIVE MAY BE YOUR PLUG IT DEPENDS ON WHERE IS YOUR HEART YOU COULD BE MY PLUG IT DEPENDS ON THE O IS YOUR FARM I WILL TAKE A SMART DOG WITH SAUCERRUST AND PARMESAN AND YOU CAN FIND ME TRYING TO PARTY UNTIL THE STARS ARE GONE FIRST CALLING THE TIME TRY TO HOLLER AT MARTIANS I COULD SERVE CAULIFLOWER AT FARMERS MARKET REST IN PEACE TO ALL ENERGY OUTSIDE THE MARGIN AND LEAVE A CANDLE IN THE WINDOW THIS IS FOR MICHEAL LARSEN
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