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The burden is on us to follow these acts. So I might go for a set that avoids the darkness that is Atmosphere, or go the high moral ground of preaching about life, or I might go into straight early stuff. That's the fun part about one-offs like this. If it's up to the audience, I'd probably have to do a bunch of mean songs that degrade relationships.
With all of your experience, then, where would you like to see Atmosphere down the road?
Wow! I look at my peers and contemporaries, and they're gone. So I know how lucky we are to be a part of the class that didn't disappear. At any point, though, the audience could say, "We just aren't feeling you anymore." I've seen it before, so I'm not worried about it. You can look and see younger rappers coming up and say that they might have come from the Atmosphere school of rap.
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This is cool, because it wasn't that long ago that people were looking at me saying, "He comes from the Hieroglyphics school of rap," and now to be one those reference points, that's a beautiful thing: I got my name in the books. As long I get to still play a role, or just be the guy that owns a record label, hell, I'll drive the damn bus if I have to.
So instead of five years down the road, what is it that Slug daydreams about? Is it an island with mai tais, or family life?
It's definitely not drinking fucking mai tais or anything like that. My favorite thing in the world is to make music. Writing, recording and producing music is the best part of what I do. It's not the best part of my world — I've got kids, a wife, a cat, a mom — but the reason I have those things is because I established myself, in my head, as the person that I am. When the day comes that I have to retire, I'll retire to making music, even if people don't want to hear it anymore. In a perfect world, I'll spend eight hours a day making songs.
Are we ever going to see another Felt album?
I couldn't know how to answer that. For the first one, I needed to escape. So I went to L.A. to meet up with Murs, and I crashed on his new couch, and we ended up recording the first Felt record. For the second Felt record, Murs called me and needed to escape, so we made one when he came out. I can't say I hope there will be another one, because I don't want to jinx it.