Spring Really Is The Greatest Time Of Year (5 stars)
, June 17, 2008
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2008 is definitely THE year for Atmosphere. Aside from an astonishingly excellent free full-length album release ("Strictly Leakage"), in the last year, Slug & Ant have released four 5-song EP's, as the world witnessed one of the best marketing campaigns in underground hip-hop, as they tirelessly pumped their new full-length release "When Life Gives You Lemon's, You Pain That Sh** Gold". They were so successful, that you can't even call this duo underground anymore, as they debuted @ #5 on the Billboard Top 200 alongside artists like Mariah Carey & Ashlee Simpson.
"Sad Clown Bad Spring #12" is probably the best EP I've ever heard from Atmosphere. And to put it simply, the 5 songs on this EP trump just about every song on their newest full-length record. In fact, at this point, they are probably 5 of my favorite Atmosphere songs of all time. Slug's flow is in peak form...sounding hungry and conscious as ever. His story-telling is more on-point than usual. All the hooks & choruses are crafted with pure dopeness. Ant's beats? Some of the best I've ever heard. Standouts? All tracks.
I have never considered any Atmosphere EP or album to be 5-star material. But this EP is definitely the best 16 minutes I've heard all Spring.