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with Dem Atlas, The Lioness, DJ Keezy
American hip hop group from Minneapolis, Minnesota, currently consisting of Slug (Sean Daley) and A.N.T. (Anthony Davis).
Atmosphere: Imagine how many cigarettes, beers, tour dates, international flights, all-night drives, backstage shenanigans, countless hours in a van, low-budget hotel rooms, notebooks filled with lyrics and endless hours of recording sessions have been consumed, experienced and sustained by Atmosphere over the course eight years?

Let’s count to eight.

Remember 1997, the year beginning the next phase of independent rap artists and a new era of imprint-based record labels with the major label exploitation; the dividing period of: Mos Def, Jay Z, Company Flow and 2 Pac. Our story begins at this time in Minneapolis, MN. Eight years ago, when Atmosphere released their debut album Overcast!, on the artist’s collectively owned Rhymesayers label. Slug, Ant, with then member Spawn, delivered the premier staple album defining Minnesota Hip Hop. It would introduce a small audience to Midwest rap, not music from New York or California, but Minneapolis, MN. Atmosphere, a group built on Hip Hop principles influenced from the pioneering years of rap music, but with their own personal, honest and original mid-western contribution.

A year had passed and Atmosphere’s song, Scapegoat, received national play on college radio and mix tape support in: Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. Atmosphere was becoming discovered outside of the Twin Cities; the secret was out. During this time, both Slug and Ant were also involved in one of independent rap’s first underground super groups, The Dynospectrum (Slug, I Self Devine, Ant, Musab, Gene Poole), and had featured tracks on Industrial Warfare (volume six of the legendary Headshots four-track cassette series). For Atmosphere, 1998 was a year of collaborations (including recording Deep Puddle Dynamics) and a year well spent crafting their live performance at venues like First Avenue’s 7th Street Entry.


  • Utah's Mia Love was tabbed as a rising star in the GOP when she became the first black Republican woman in Congress with her 2014 victory. But on Tuesday she became the latest Republican incumbent to fall in the midterm election's Democratic wave that has seen more than three dozen Republican-held seats flipped across the country. Ben McAdams, a Democratic mayor of Salt Lake County, defeated Love by fewer than 700 votes in a back and forth race that took two weeks to sort out in deep-red Utah. Love had a built-in advantage with Republican voters outnumbering Democrats three-to-one in the mostly suburban Salt Lake City district, but she never seemed to catch on with voters the way other Republican incumbents have in the state, said Damon Cann, a political science professor at Utah State University. She tried to distance herself from Trump on trade and immigration and she highlighted the times she stood up to the president, like when Trump used an expletive to describe her parents' home country of Haiti. Trump won Utah in 2016 but the state's voters have long been uncomfortable with Trump's brash style and his comments about women and immigrants. 'She seemed to struggle a little bit more how to strike that balance without losing too many votes,' Cann said. Trump didn't appreciate her approach, calling her out by name in a news conference the morning after Election Day, where he also bashed other Republicans who he said lost because they didn't fully embrace him. Love, the first and only black female Republican in Congress, was seeking a third term. She said in a statement she planned to call McAdams, but didn't say if she would concede or congratulate him. She said she's traveling with family for Thanksgiving and won't speak about the race until Monday. 'Regardless of how you voted, I want to express my sincere appreciation to you for engaging in the process,' Love said. 'It is one of many reasons this is the greatest country on earth.' McAdams touted himself as a moderate, and not a typical Democrat, in a pitch that seemed to resonate in the district where nearly four in 10 voters are independents. He also benefited from record voter turnout that was driven in part by a medical marijuana ballot proposal that spurred progressive voters to the polls, Cann said. McAdams was an excellent candidate and also probably benefited from displeasure with Trump and the Republican party, Cann said. 'The winds were all at McAdams' back,' Cann said. McAdams will become the first Democratic member of Utah's congressional district since 2014 when longtime Rep. Jim Matheson retired. 'This race was about connecting with Utah,' McAdams said. 'This race was about who was best positioned to serve Utah and working to not get it caught up in a national, partisan election.' Love finished about 20 votes short of being able to request a recount in a race where about 269,000 votes were cast. This is the second time she has lost a bid for Congress by a razor thin margin. In her first run in 2012, Love lost to incumbent Democrat Jim Matheson by 768 votes. She went on to defeat Democrat Doug Owens in 2014 and again in 2016. For McAdams, it's a victory that validates his reputation as an emerging political force in Utah. He is an attorney who graduated from Columbia Law School and practiced in New York before returning to his home state of Utah. He has been a political figure in the state for a decade. He was elected as one of the few Democrats in the GOP-dominated state Legislature in 2008 and successfully ran for the Salt Lake County mayor's seat four years later. He became known for working with the state's Republican leaders on issues such as homelessness, where he backed a narrow Medicaid expansion to cover treatment and once went undercover as a homeless person when the issue reached crisis mode downtown. McAdams said during the campaign he would not support California Rep. Nancy Pelosi as House Speaker and insisting he'd be able to work with the president. He has already signed a letter along with 15 other Democrats vowing to oppose Pelosi. He sharply criticized Love's support for the GOP-backed tax overhaul and said she had not been available enough to her constituents at town halls. Love pushed back hard, saying the tax overhaul has been good for people in Utah and defending her approach of meeting with voters in smaller groups, on the phone or online. Voter turnout among registered voters was the highest for any midterm election in Utah since 1962 at about 74 percent, according to Justin Lee, the state elections director. ___ Associated Press writer Lindsay Whitehurst contributed to this report.
  • Rain in the forecast starting Wednesday could aid crews fighting California's deadly wildfires while raising the risk of flash floods and complicating efforts to recover remains of those killed. Residents in communities charred by the Los Angeles-area fire stacked sandbags as they prepared for possible downpours that threatened to unleash runoff from hillsides left barren by flames. In Northern California, teams continued sifting through ash and debris as they searched for bodies in and around the decimated town of Paradise. 'The task is arduous,' said Rick Crawford with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. 'And the possibility exists that some people may never be found.' With the death toll at 81 in the state's most destructive wildfire, there are still nearly 870 people still unaccounted for. Authorities trying to identify the scores of people killed are using rapid DNA testing that produces results in just two hours. The system can analyze DNA from bone fragments or other remains, then match it to genetic material provided by relatives of the missing. But the technology depends on people coming forward to give a DNA sample via a cheek swab, and so far, there are not nearly as many volunteers as authorities had hoped for. As of Tuesday, nearly two weeks after the inferno, only about 60 people had provided samples to pop-up labs, said Annette Mattern, a spokeswoman for ANDE, the Longmont, Colorado, company that is donating the technology. 'We need hundreds,' Mattern said. 'We need a big enough sample for us to make a positive ID on these and to also give a better idea of how many losses there actually are.' The burned area surrounding Paradise, which is about 140 miles (225.3 kilometers) northwest of San Francisco, will see rain starting Wednesday. The precipitation could help knock out the flames, but it could also hinder the search by washing away fragmentary remains and turning ash into a thick paste. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for Paradise and nearby communities and for those areas charred by wildfires earlier this year in Lake, Shasta, Trinity and Mendocino counties. The Camp Fire, which has burned an area about the size of the city of Chicago — nearly 238 square miles (616 square kilometers) — and destroyed around 13,000 homes, was 75 percent contained on Tuesday. In Southern California, people who worried days earlier that their homes might be consumed by flames were now taking action to guard against possible debris flows caused by the Pacific storm set to come ashore the day before Thanksgiving. Residents filling sandbags at Malibu's famous Zuma Beach were mindful of the disaster that struck less than a year ago when a downpour on a fresh burn scar up the coast sent home-smashing debris flows through Montecito, killing 21 people and leaving two missing. The 151-square-mile (391-square-kilometer) Woolsey Fire was almost entirely contained, with 1,500 buildings destroyed and 341 damaged. The major remaining closed area was centered in the rugged Santa Monica Mountains that rise high above the Malibu coast. ___ Associated Press journalists Christopher Weber and John Antczak in Los Angeles contributed to this report.
  • A 23-year-old Leesburg, Florida, woman who said she had been taking molly and meth for three days seriously injured her infant son early Monday while running from deputies near the Silver Springs neighborhood, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said. >> Watch the news report here Deputies said they were called after witnesses said they saw a woman darting through traffic while holding a baby near County Road 315 and State Road 40. Witnesses said they suspected she was on drugs because she was barking at passing cars, investigators said. >> On WFTV.com: Deputies: Florida man steals almost $50K for new smile, puppy Deputies said they spotted Kayla Morgan walking with the infant on State Road 40. Investigators said a deputy tried to speak with Morgan, but she ran away, narrowly missing vehicles. Morgan walked across the road in a zig-zag pattern while carrying the child 'as if she (were) carrying a jacket draped over her right arm, allowing the victim to flail,' an arrest report said. She hid behind vehicles, sprinted and 'deliberately dropped the victim head first' on the side of the road, the report said. >> Read more trending news  The deputy shocked Morgan with a Taser twice and arrested her, officials said. They said she was grunting and making other abnormal sounds. The deputy sat Morgan in her patrol car and asked her what her name is, to which she replied with an expletive. 'She advised she believed I was a monster trying to suck her blood,' the deputy wrote in the report. Investigators said the boy's skull was fractured from being thrown to the ground. >> On WFTV.com: Deputies: Serial killer confesses to Marion County murder 36 years later A worker at an apartment complex where Morgan lives told WFTV that she moved there about two months ago and that the infant is about 6 weeks old. Morgan is being held without bail at the Marion County Jail on charges of aggravated child abuse and resisting an officer without violence. The case is being investigated by the Florida Department of Children and Families.
  • A white Republican U.S. senator from Mississippi said during a debate with her African-American Democratic opponent Tuesday night that she apologizes to people who were offended when she complimented a supporter by saying she would attend a 'public hanging' if the supporter invited her. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith's remark was caught on video that was released last week. It has brought widespread criticism both inside and outside Mississippi, a state with a history of racially motivated lynchings. 'For anyone that was offended by my comments, I certainly apologize. There was no ill will, no intent whatsoever in my statement,' Hyde-Smith said Tuesday during a televised debate with Democrat Mike Espy. The apology was a new approach for Hyde-Smith, who repeatedly refused to answer questions about the hanging comment at a news conference Nov. 12, the day after the publisher of a liberal-leaning news site posted the video on Facebook and Twitter. The clip shows Hyde-Smith praising a cattle rancher at a Nov. 2 campaign event in Tupelo by saying: 'If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row.' Shortly after the video's release, she said in a statement that the expression was an 'exaggerated expression of regard' and said it is 'ridiculous' to read any negative connotation into it. 'There has never been anything, not one thing, in my background to ever indicate I had ill will toward anyone,' Hyde-Smith, a former state agriculture commissioner, said Tuesday night. 'I've never been hurtful to anyone. I've always tried to help everyone. I also recognize that this comment was twisted and it was turned into a weapon to be used against me, a political weapon used for nothing but personal and political gain by my opponent. That's the type of politics Mississippians are sick and tired of.' Espy responded during the debate: 'No one's twisted your comments because your comments were live, you know, it came out of your mouth. I don't know what's in your heart but I know what came out of your mouth. It went viral in the first three minutes around the world. And so it's caused our state harm. It's given our state another black eye that we don't need. It's just rejuvenated those stereotypes that we don't need anymore.' Hyde-Smith is the first woman to represent Mississippi in Congress. Espy is a former congressman and U.S. agriculture secretary, is seeking to become the state's first African-American senator since Reconstruction. During the debate, Hyde-Smith questioned a $750,000 lobbying contract Espy had in 2011 with the Cocoa and Coffee Board of the Ivory Coast. She noted that the country's ex-president, Laurent Gbagbo, is being tried in the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, including, Hyde-Smith said, 'murder, rape and unspeakable things against young girls.' 'I don't know how many Mississippians can really relate to an income that can command a $750,000 check from one person for a lobbying job,' said Hyde-Smith, who is a cattle rancher. Espy, who is an attorney, said: 'I found out later that this guy, the president, was a really bad guy. I resigned the contract.' Federal registration papers show Espy terminated the contract two weeks before its scheduled end. Hours before Tuesday's debate, President Donald Trump defended Hyde-Smith's 'public hanging' remark, saying at the White House that she loves the people of Mississippi and the U.S. 'It was just sort of said in jest,' Trump said. 'She's a tremendous woman and it's a shame that she has to go through this.' Walmart asked Hyde-Smith to return a $2,000 campaign contribution because of the hanging remark. Walmart spokeswoman LeMia Jenkins said Tuesday that the company donated to Hyde-Smith Nov. 8, three days before the release of the video with the 'public hanging' remark. 'Sen. Hyde-Smith's recent comments clearly do not reflect the values of our company and associates,' Jenkins said in a statement. 'As a result, we are withdrawing our support and requesting a refund of all campaign donations.' Hyde-Smith's campaign did not respond to questions from The Associated Press about whether it would refund Walmart's contribution. Senate races rarely gain national attention in Mississippi, a deeply conservative state. But this matchup — the last major race of the 2018 midterms — has drawn scrutiny after Hyde-Smith's remarks. Trump is traveling to Mississippi for two Hyde-Smith rallies Monday on the eve of the election. Former Vice President Joe Biden has endorsed Espy. Hyde-Smith was appointed to the Senate to temporarily succeed longtime Sen. Thad Cochran, who retired in April amid health concerns. She is the first woman to represent Mississippi in Congress. Hyde-Smith and Espy each received about 41 percent of the vote when four candidates were on the ballot Nov. 6. If she wins the Nov. 27 runoff, Hyde-Smith would give Republicans a 53-47 majority in the Senate. ___ Associated Press writer Zeke Miller contributed from Washington. For AP's complete coverage of the U.S. midterm elections: http://apne.ws/APPolitics . Follow Emily Wagster Pettus on Twitter: http://twitter.com/EWagsterPettus .
  • President Donald Trump frequently credits himself with accomplishing more for the military and veterans than any other president in recent memory. But he has yet to embark on what has long been a traditional presidential pilgrimage important to the military: a visit to troops deployed in a war zone. As he departed Tuesday for Florida to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday at his private club in Palm Beach, Trump said he'd soon correct the oversight. 'I'm going to a war zone,' he said in response to a reporter's question about his support for the troops. He did not say when he would be making the trip or to which conflict area he would be going. An official said a White House team recently returned from beginning to plan for a visit. The omission is one of a long list of norm-breaking moves that underscore the president's increasingly fraught relationship with the military, which has celebrated Trump's investments in defense spending but cringed at what some see as efforts to politicize their service. Just this week, Trump leveled criticism against the storied commander of the 2011 mission that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, retired Adm. William McRaven. 'Wouldn't it have been nice if we got Osama bin Laden a lot sooner than that, wouldn't it have been nice,' Trump said. The latest controversy followed a pattern of concerns raised by former senior military officers about Trump's grasp of the military's role, and it comes as White House aides and defense officials have raised alarm about what they view as the president's disinterest in briefings about troop deployments overseas. Shortly after taking office, Trump appeared to try to deflect responsibility for the death of a servicemember in a failed operation in Yemen, saying planning for the mission began under his predecessor and was backed by senior military commanders. 'They explained what they wanted to do, the generals, who are very respected,' he told 'Fox & Friends' at the time. 'And they lost Ryan.' Trump won the White House on a platform of ending U.S. military commitments abroad, but he's been bedeviled by many of the same challenges as his predecessors. More American troops are now deployed in conflict zones than when he took office. Aides have suggested that Trump is wary of traveling to conflict zones where he doesn't fully support the mission. Trump begrudgingly backed a surge of troops in Afghanistan last year and boosted U.S. deployments in Iraq, Syria and Africa to counter the Islamic State and other extremist groups. Trump said last week in a 'Fox News Sunday' interview that he was 'very much opposed to the war in Iraq. I think it was a tremendous mistake, should have never happened.' Trump, in fact, offered lukewarm support for the invasion at the time but began offering public doubts about the mission after the conflict began in March 2003. At home, some assert that Trump's decision to send thousands of active-duty troops to the U.S.-Mexico border shortly before the Nov. 6 midterm elections was a political stunt. And Defense Department officials said they rejected requests by the Department of Homeland Security — and backed by the White House — for armed active-duty troops to bolster Border Patrol agents, saying it ran afoul of federal law. Trump also drew criticism for his decision not to visit Arlington National Cemetery to mark Veterans Day, following his trip to Europe. He said later he 'should have' visited the cemetery but was too busy with official business. His public schedule that day listed no events. In the 'Fox News Sunday' interview, Trump was asked why he hadn't visited the troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan in the two years he's served as commander in chief. 'Well, I think you will see that happen,' he said. 'There are things that are being planned.' He also touted his support for the men and women in uniform. 'I don't think anybody's been more with the military than I have, as a president,' Trump said. 'In terms of funding, in terms of all of the things I've been able to get them, including the vets, I don't think anybody's done more than me.' Trump received five draft deferments during the Vietnam War, four for education and one for a diagnosis of bone spurs — though he later told The New York Times he could not remember which foot was affected by the malady or how long it lasted. Trump told The Associated Press in a recent interview that he doesn't think visiting troops in a war zone is 'overly necessary.' 'I've been very busy with everything that's taking place here,' he added. ___ Associated Press National Security Writer Robert Burns contributed to this report.
  • President Donald Trump has declared he will not further punish Saudi Arabia for the murder of U.S.-based columnist Jamal Khashoggi — making clear in an exclamation-filled statement that the benefits of good relations with the kingdom outweigh the possibility its crown prince ordered the killing. The president condemned the brutal slaying of Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul as a 'horrible crime ... that our country does not condone.' But he rejected calls by many in Congress, including members of his own party, for a tougher response, and he dismissed reports from U.S. intelligence agencies that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman must have at least known about such an audacious and intricate plot. 'It could very well be that the crown prince had knowledge of this tragic event,' the president said Tuesday. 'Maybe he did and maybe he didn't!' In many ways, the statement captured Trump's view of the world and foreign policy, grounded in economic necessity. It began with the words 'America First!' followed by 'The world is a very dangerous place!' It came after weeks of debate over whether the president would or should come down hard on the Saudis and the crown prince in response to the killing of the Saudi columnist for The Washington Post who had criticized the royal family. The U.S. earlier sanctioned 17 Saudi officials suspected of being responsible for or complicit in the Oct. 2 killing, but members of Congress have called for harsher actions, including canceling arms sales. Trump said 'foolishly canceling these contracts' worth billions of dollars would only benefit Russia and China, which would be next in line to supply the weapons. Critics denounced Trump's statement saying he ignored human rights and granted Saudi Arabia a pass for economic reasons. Asked by a reporter if he was saying that human rights are too expensive to fight for, he responded, 'No, I'm not saying that at all.' But then he switched the subject to the 'terrorist nation' of Iran rather than any actions by Saudi Arabia. The U.S. needs a 'counterbalance' to Iran, 'and Israel needs help, too,' he said. 'If we abandon Saudi Arabia, it would be a terrible mistake.' The mistake was Trump's, said Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, contending the administration has 'blinders on' in comparing Iran and Saudi Arabia. 'It's a sign of weakness not to stand up to Saudi Arabia,' Paul said in an interview. 'Sometimes when you have two evils, maybe you don't support either side.' Republican Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina senator who is close to Trump, also disagreed with the president's statement, saying America must not lose its 'moral voice' on the international stage. 'It is not in our national security interests to look the other way when it comes to the brutal murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi,' Graham said. Likewise, Rep. Adam Schiff, ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said that to suggest that U.S. silence can be bought with arms sales 'undermines respect for the office of the presidency, the credibility of our intelligence community and America's standing as a champion of human rights.' Trump's statement, issued just before he pardoned the Thanksgiving turkey at the White House and left for the long holiday weekend in Florida, underscored his world view of putting U.S. interests — both financial and geopolitical — above all else. He told reporters on the South Lawn that oil prices would 'skyrocket' if the U.S. broke with the Saudis, and he was not going to 'destroy' the world's economy by being 'foolish with Saudi Arabia.' Asked about any personal financial involvement, he said: 'Saudi Arabia has nothing to do with me. What does have to do with me is putting America first.' Trump said that King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed both 'vigorously deny' any knowledge of the planning or execution of the killing. He also said the CIA has not made a conclusive determination about whether the crown prince ordered it. A U.S. official familiar with the case told The Associated Press last week that intelligence officials had concluded that the crown prince, the kingdom's de facto leader, did order the killing. Others familiar with the case, however, have cautioned that while it's likely the crown prince had a role there continue to be questions about the degree. 'We may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi,' Trump said. 'In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They have been a great ally in our very important fight against Iran.' Saudi prosecutors say a 15-man team sent to Istanbul exceeded its authority when the lead negotiator in the team decided to kill Khashoggi for refusing orders to return. The Saudis say the agents dismembered his body, which has not been found. Democrats on Capitol Hill called on the CIA and other top intelligence agencies to publicly report what it has learned about the killing. The CIA had no comment on the president's statement. However, former Director John Brennan, a frequent Trump critic, tweeted: 'Since Mr. Trump excels in dishonesty, it is now up to members of Congress to obtain & declassify the CIA findings on Jamal Khashoggi's death. No one in Saudi Arabia — most especially the Crown Prince —should escape accountability for such a heinous act.' Trump said he knew some members of Congress would disagree with his decision. He said he would listen to their ideas, but only if they were focused on U.S. national security. Late last week, a bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation that calls for suspending weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, for sanctions on people who block humanitarian access in Yemen or support the Houthi rebels, and mandatory sanctions on those responsible for Khashoggi's death. Democrats harshly criticized Trump's decision Tuesday and called on Congress to cut off arm sales to Saudi Arabia and end support for Saudi Arabia's war against the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen, which is facing a humanitarian crisis. 'Standing with Saudi Arabia is not 'America First!'' said Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia where Khashoggi lived. 'President Trump has sided with a murderous regime over patriotic American intelligence officials.' Democrat Dianne Feinstein of California, a member of the Senate intelligence committee, said Khashoggi was killed by agents of the Saudi government in a 'premeditated murder, plain and simple,' and she said she would introduce legislation requiring intelligence agencies to release an unclassified public assessment. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended Trump's decision, saying, 'We are determined to ensure that we continue to make sure that we take care of the American people in all of the strategic decisions we make about with whom we work with around the world.' The president opened his eight-paragraph statement chastising Iran for its proxy war against Saudi Arabia in Yemen, its activities in Iraq, its backing of the Syrian government of Bashar Assad and its support of militant groups, which Riyadh has pledged billions to fight.