Atmosphere "Ringo" (2016) 4:35 (USA)

Minneapolis-based hip hop duo Atmosphere has a new album coming out in August called Fishing Blues, which will be their seventh album to date. Unlike previous albums however, this one will feature a bevy of other people including DOOM, Aesop Rock, Kool Keith and more.
Long the stalwarts of intelligent rhymes and great storytelling coming from the POV of the working man just getting by or the seamy side of life, lyricist Slug is hip hop's Raymond Carver. With each new album, his lyrics and themes grow exponentially.

The video's hilarious featuring a drunken thespian dressed as a jester, stumbling on the stage while the director of the play and handlers try in vain to yank him off, and sober him up. At the end, defiant, he goes back on stage while everyone still mocks him. As the press release describes it: "a sharp look at today’s pop culture environment where today’s heroes are tomorrow’s joke."

On "Ringo" the lyrics evoke the schadenfreude when it comes to watching famous people crash and burn. Slug raps from the first person POV on the chorus describing the character's ups and downs. The chorus is vintage Atmosphere--catchy and sardonic: "I might'a showed up when the party start, i mighta got high with your body guard, I mighta passed out at the airport bar, everybody wanna see a falling star. I mighta thrown up in a rental car, I mighta woke up in a reservoir, I mighta got robbed at Mardi Gras, everybody wanna see a falling star."

Pre-order the album here.

Atmosphere/Rhymesayers Entertainment
Directed By Kron
Produced by Paul Von Stoetzel
1st AD- Nic Murphy
Associate Producer- Strummer Cash
Editor- Jay Anker
Director of Photography - Chris Hadland
Camera Operator/Ronin Tech - Tomas Aksamit
1st AC- Chris Savage
1st AC- Brian Suerth
2nd AC- Frederick Veinfurt
DIT- Chad Shuenenman
Gaffer- Kyle Moe
Key Grip- Kool Keith
Swing- Alec Zender
Grip- Mustafa Hassan
Art Director- Cheri Anderson
Prop Master- Christopher Jackson
Art PA- Joe Olson, Sean Reilly, Heidi Inman
Wardrobe by - Barb Portinga
Wire Work- Jason Hilton
Blood Work- Joe Bloodman

Kurt Schweickhart- King/Jester
Erin Courteau- Hand of the King

Gabe Noah- Director
Larissa Gritti- Mistress with baby
Abby Fury- Daughter of the court
Chris Maddock- Stage Manager

Members of the Court
M. Allan LaFleur
Richard Molby
Gregory Parks
Denver Kaufman
Matt Saxe
Mathew Kelly
Rob Ward
Angela Walberg
Lindsay Marshall

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