Today, Minneapolis Hip-Hop legends Atmosphere release their 7th studio album, Mi Vida Local, available everywhere today via Rhymesayers Entertainment.
The 12-song LP features guest appearances from The Dynospectrum, Musab, deM atlaS, The Lioness, and Cashinova. Leading up to the release of the project, Atmosphere released videos for the tracks “Virgo” (directed by Jason Goldwatch) and the newly released “Jerome” (directed by Evidence.)
About The Album:
It’s a different place than it was two years ago, when Atmosphere released their last record, Fishing Blues. Their seventh album, Mi Vida Local, reflects the ways in which the world–and their place in it–has changed. The idyllic domesticity of the past few records has morphed into anxiety over keeping loved ones safe during turbulent times. The easygoing collaboration between Ant and Slug has started to feel more like the life-or-death intimacy of two men trapped together on a lifeboat. At times, Mi Vida Local is a heavy album, (“I might be the last generation of grandparents,” goes a key line from “Virgo”), but it’s far from grim.
As the name implies, Mi Vida Local is intensely focused on the place it was created–the southside of Minneapolis–where Slug and Ant work tirelessly in their “beautiful basements”, refining their sound without interruption, save for a handful of Minneapolis friends that showed up to contribute. The album pairs complex subject matter with equally deep beats–ones that show a clear lineage back to the psychedelic funk landmarks from an earlier era where America was going through a post-utopian hangover, and prove that there won’t ever be a time where boom-bap beats don’t sound perfectly of the moment.
Mi Vida Local might be the best album Atmosphere’s ever made. It’s definitely the one they needed to make right now, and one listeners need to hear just as urgently. If it’s sometimes an album about how the fight to find happiness never really ends–even after you get the house and the kids and the artistic freedom to make dad-rap records–it’s also about discovering that there’s happiness to be found just in fighting.
In support of Mi Vida Local, Atmosphere heads out today for their fall headlining tour. The North American jaunt features support from fellow Rhymesayers act deM atlaS, as well as The Lioness and DJ Keezy. The tours first leg will make will run through December 15 with a west coast leg to be announced soon. See below tour admat for list of current dates.
Tickets for Atmosphere’s fall tour dates available HERE.
Mi Vidal Local track listing:
- Drown (feat. Cashinova, The Lioness, deM atlaS)
- Earring (feat. Musab)
- Randy Mosh (feat. Dynospectrum)
Get Mi Vida Local HERE.
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