Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Atmosphere @ First Ave 11/10

Saturday night was my first time seeing the group that put Minneapolis hip-hop on the map, and the legendary Minneapolis nightclub was the most appropriate venue imaginable. This was the last stop on the "Everybody Loves a Clown" tour, which sold out venues across the country before ending up back home in the mini apple. It was the second of a sold out two night stand, with the majority of people seemingly under legal drinking age and bopping they're heads in unison in frot of the stage. Alcohol is not allowed on the main floor for such all ages affairs, and youngsters are not permitted upstairs, so there was way more room upstairs than what I am used to. This being my first Atmosphere show, I am not sure how often they have live musicians onstage with them, but I was pleasantly surprised to see a bass player, keyboards and a drummer in addition to the core duo of Slug on vocals and Ant on the wheels of steel. I was impressed both with Slug's quick but clear lyrical delivery and the beats laid down by the man on the turntables. The rest of the band added to the funk, and I always appreciate some live music being made onstage at a hip hop show.

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The last song they played was their shoutout to Minneapolis, "Say Shhh", which was the first song ever played on the best radio station on the planet, 89.3 The Current.

Say Shhh...

I wanted to make a song about where I'm from
You know? Big up my home town, my territory, my state
But, I couldn't figure out much to brag about
Prince lives here, we got 10,000 lakes
But wait, the women are beautiful, to me they are
And we're not infested with pretentious movie stars
And it hit me, Minnesota is dope
If only simply for not what we have but what we don't
It's all fair, it ain't out there, it's in there
It's in the mirror, behind the breast under the hair
Follow the dream doesn't mean leave the love
Roam if you must, but come home when you've seen enough
I love New York and Cali, but I ain't movin'
Too overpopulated saturated with humans
And I'm not big on rappers, actors, or models
If I had to dip, I'd probably skip to Chicago
None of this is to diss no one, nowhere
Like damn, I'm from Minnesota, land of the cold air
Too many mosquitoes and our fair share of egos
But like my man Sabe says, that's where my mommy stays

So if the people laugh and giggle when you tell em where you live
Say shhh, say shhh
And if you know this is where you wanna raise your kids
Say shhh, say shhh
If you're from the Midwest and it doesn't matter where
Say shhh, say shhh
If you can drink tap water and breathe the air
Say shhh, say shhh

Got trees and vegetation in the city I stay
The rent's in the mail and I can always find a parking space
The women outnumber the men two to one
Got parks and zoos and things to do with my son
The nightlife ain't all that, but that's okay
I don't need to be distracted by the devil every day
And the jobs ain't really too hard to find
In fact, you could have mine if you knew how to rhyme
This is for everyone around the planet
That wishes they were from somewhere other than where they standin'
Don't take it for granted, instead take a look around
Quit complaining and build something on that ground
Plant something on that ground, dance and sleep on that ground
Get on your hands and knees and watch the ants walk around
That ground Make a family, make magic, make a mess
Take the stress, feel your motivation and build your nest
It sucks that you think where I'm from is wack
But as long as that's enough to keep your ass from coming back
And with a smile and a hint of sarcasm, he said
"I beg your pardon but this is my secret garden"

All right
(In the land of ice and snow)
Well okay
(In the land of ice and snow)
Well all right
(In the land of ice and snow)
Well okay
(Minneapolis, Minneapolis, Minneapolis, Minneapolis)

If the playground is clear of stems and syringes
Say shhh, say shhh
If there's only one store in your town that sells 12-inches
Say shhh, say shhh
If no one in your crew walks around with a gun
Say shhh, say shhh
And if you ain't gonna leave cause this is where you're from
Say shhh, say shhh

Well alright, well okay [repeated in background]
St. Cloud, Minnesota
Mankato, Minnesota
Duluth, Minnesnowta
Kansas City
St Louis, Missouri
Columbia, Missouri
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Cincinnati, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio
Boulder, Colorado
Lawrence, Kansas
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Say shhh..

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Let us thank our lucky stars that we have such talent to rep the six one duece.

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