Atmosphere Outshines the Hype at Outside Lands 2014

While some rappers enjoy the disconnecting amplification of celebrity, there are others who revel in the grit & grime of connecting directly with their audience in ways that transcend a Dr. Pepper commercial moment. Sean “Slug” Daley and Anthony “Ant” Davis, the dynamic duo known as Atmosphere, are godfathers to a blazing alternative Hip-Hop scene that can no longer be labeled “underground” and de facto godfathers to the Rhymesayers community. The Rhymesayers collective, a Minneapolis-based Hip-Hop label and musician collective buoyed by a vocal appreciation for and emphasis on one’s friends, family and audience, has exploded in recent years with many acts taking flight through the support of their friends and label mates. 

At Outside Lands in San Francisco on Saturday, Atmosphere delivered one of the most potent and celebrated set of the entire weekend, pulling a blazing greatest-hits run for the jam-packed field. If festival organizers need evidence of Atmosphere’s main-stage validation, the tens of thousands of people crammed to the point of breathlessness within the Sutro stage area should suffice. 

Check out a gallery of shots from the performance below:


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