Ink's fifth annual Middle of the Map Fest returned to Westport and Midtown in Kansas City, Missouri from April 22-25.
"Live wire, shine brighter/Death be the only way I get to retire," raps Atmosphere's Slug on the title-track remix of the duo's eighth album. Produced by Ant, the other half of Atmosphere -- and featuring a long list of artists including Haphduzn, Nazeem and Mike the Martyr -- the stripped down and smoothed out song pays homage to Minneapolis' south side, the place where the duo has worked and called home for much of their 17-year career.
"I stay busy, I don't wait in line to live," raps Atmosphere's Slug on this brand-new collaboration with Brother Ali, Carnage the Executioner and Haphduzn. Produced by Anthony Davis, the smooth-flowing track may not be the prettiest state of mind, but it's a seductive way to kick off the Rhymesayers upcoming "Welcome to Minnesota" tour.
He knew he was asking a lot of us. Put our hands up in the air. Smile. Say "ho-oo." Get up and dance. Where did it end? But Atmosphere's Slug just wanted the crowd to give it up. He made sure we knew this was as close to church as some of us might get.