He likens himself to ice cream mixed with gasoline.
That’s a fair enough encapsulation of rapper Slug (Sean Daley), one half of hip-hop duo Atmosphere.
Sweet and flammable, Daley’s confessional, heart-on-the-sleeve rhymes confront demons personal and societal.
Atmosphere’s most recent album, the biting yet affecting “Southsiders,” is a product of deep thought and even deeper grooves, with Daley delivering his impassioned verses over a hard funk backdrop that bristles with heavily reverbed guitar and bass lines that work the body like a deep-tissue massage.
“Treat love like a limited resource,” Daley advises on “Bitter.” “Fight for it like there’s never gonna be more.”
Hard to imagine it ever running out as long as he’s on the mic, though.
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