Minneapolis Hip-Hop stalwart Atmosphere has announced its new album WORD? (Rhymesayers), set for release on Friday 8th October. While the duo – Slug and Ant – released “God’s Bathroom Floor” in February (a song written back in the group’s early days), the release follows up 2020’s The Day Before Halloween, a concept album that strayed from Atmosphere’s norm. For the new full-length, Atmosphere continues to confound listeners.
In anticipation of the new album, Atmosphere shares the new video for the single “Woes,” where we find Slug costumed as a shark on a beach, having a conversation with a sand sculpture, walking along the streets throughout Pomona, California. Slug may be dressed as a predator but his words don’t follow that path, all over Ant’s reggae-induced soundscape.
Along with the new video, Atmosphere has also released a new maxi-single entitled “WORD? Side A,” featuring four tracks off of the album which also includes an all-star studded cast of artists like the late MF DOOM, Evidence, Aesop Rock, Sa-Roc, Lateef the Truthspeaker, Nikki Jean and more.
In another pairing of Atmosphere’s talents, the duo is teaming up with Cypress Hill for a co-headlining tour this summer. Kicking off August 8 in Irving, TX, the tour totals 17 stops, all of which are outdoors and range in capacity from 3,000 to nearly 10,000; see below for a complete list of dates. Special guest Z-Trip, winner of the 2009 America’s Best DJ award, will perform before and between headliner sets. Cypress Hill and Atmosphere will split headlining duties throughout the tour, which includes 4 stops in Texas, 3 in California and final performance in Colorado at the world-famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre on August 28. Additionally, Atmosphere will be performing at the Cali Roots Baja Sessions this November in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and are slated to perform at the Cali Roots festival in Monterey, CA in 2022.
August 6 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
August 7 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall (Outside Lawn)
August 8 – New Braunfels, TX – Whitewater Amphitheater
August 10 – El Paso, TX – El Paso County Coliseum Parking Lot
August 11 – Albuquerque, NM – Expo NM Creative Arts Lot
August 13 – Los Angeles, CA – Shrine Auditorium West Parking Lot
August 14 – San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Amphitheater
August 15 – Mesa, AZ – Mesa Amphitheater
August 17 – Las Vegas, NV – Craig Ranch Amphitheater
August 19 – Berkeley, CA – The Greek Theatre
August 20 – Bend, OR – Les Schwab Amphitheater
August 21 – Spokane, WA – Riverfront Park Pavilion
August 22 – Redmond, WA – Marymoor Park
August 25 – Bonner, MT – KettleHouse Amphitheater
August 26 – Nampa, ID – Ford Idaho Center-Amphitheater
August 27 – Sandy, UT – Rio Tinto Stadium Plaza
August 28 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre