Atmosphere’s eighth studio album Southsiders arrives on May 6 through Rhymesayers, and the sounds are getting more interesting with each cut that breaks off. That streak continues today with the release of the hilariously named “Kanye West”.
“It’s a natural progression from the last record, The Family Sign, which was about growing my family,” says Slug, the voicebox of Atmosphere. “I’m starting to think, ‘What is post–family man? What am I supposed to rap about now?’ I’m sticking to my roots, rapping about what I’m doing, what I think about. This record is—much like the other ones—a very detailed look at my life.”
As for the title “Kanye West,” the name had a lot of people wondering. “I wanted to write a song about loving something so much that you submit to the moment,” says Slug.
Pre-order Southsiders now and get “Bitter” and “Kanye West” instantly. Listen to Atmosphere’s “Kanye West” below.
Atmosphere will be playing two intimate record release shows, on May 6 at New York’s Highline Ballroom and May 8 at The Roxy in Los Angeles. Though the date isn’t listed below, Atmosphere will also play this year’s Outside Lands festival (full lineup).
Atmosphere Tour Dates:
April 18 – Boulder, CO @ eTown Hall (live radio show taping – SOLD OUT)
May 6 – New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom (Album Release Party)
May 8 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre (Album Release Party)
May 14 – Saskatoon, SK @ O’Brian’s Event Centre
May 15 – Calgary, AB @ Flames Central
May 16 – Calgary, AB @ Flames Central (second show added!)
May 17 – Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
May 18 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange
May 20 – Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Centre
May 25 – Shakopee, MN @ Soundset Festival
May 28 – Kitchener, ON @ Wax
May 29 – London, ON @ London Music Hall
May 30 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
May 31 – Montreal, QC @ S.A.T.
June 1 – Ottawa, ON @ Ritual Nightclub
June 4 – Halifax, NS @ Marquee
June 6 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
June 8 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion (w/ Damien “Jr. Gong” Marley)
June 7 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
June 10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Skyline Stage @ the Mann Center for the Performing Arts (w/ Damien “Jr. Gong” Marley)
June 11 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
June 12 – Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot
June 13 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
June 27 – Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
August 10 – Squamish, BC @ Squamish Festival
July 11 – Saugerties, NY @ Hudson Project Music and Arts Festival
*New dates in bold