There's no denying the wealth of talented hip-hop purveyors here in the Twin Cities, but Atmosphere's status at the top of the food chain is equally undeniable. Slug and Ant have enough influence and respect to rival a mafia don, though the duo would obviously rather be loved than feared. Slug's trump card has always been his relatability, blowing up the details of everyday life and imperfect relationships to a widescreen view instead of focusing on impossible levels of wealth or bravado, while Ant's productions revel mostly in the summery warmth of gospel, soul, and blues. Their popularity revolves around this unflinching realness, and they have scores of followers across the globe that are sick to death of rap's fixation on the synthetic, whether in terms of sound or sentiments. But, even though Atmosphere is one of the most recognizable names in independent hip hop, they love their hometown, and their annual two-night stint at First Avenue is nothing if not an appreciative nod to their ever-faithful legion of local fans. With special guests. All ages Sat; 18+ Sun.
Sat., Nov. 27, 6 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 28, 8 p.m., 2010