Prime Element began as 3 the Hardway, three hip-hop heads -- an MC, a producer and a DJ -- devoted to celebrating a culture they love through positivity, hard work and great music. Their name has obviously since changed, as has their label affiliation since Set in Stone, their last release, but what ... More >>
Okay, just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, and it does. Yesterday, I ran down some of the lamest lines, the worst rap lyrics from 50-41, and today we inch ever closer to the top of the bottom. Spoiler alert: Lil' Wayne makes the cut (again), as does Jay-Z (twice), as well as Eminem, Atmo ... More >>
Hip-hop is a world unto itself. Its rich tradition of spoken word poetry, self-referential subject matter and electronic and sample-based production make it, in many ways, a difficult musical form to adapt to, especially if you come from a more traditional background. These ten acts helped make rap ... More >>
ATMOSPHERE @ OGDEN THEATRE | 9/21/12 If a journey through the archives of Atmosphere's extensive music history wasn't enough to blow the pants off a sold-out Ogden, then a freestyle session to close the night certainly was. What started as a subtle track laid down by the beat-boxing loop master him ... More >>
Hola, amigo! Welcome to the weekend! A massive amount of musical goodness awaits you this weekend, the first of this fall season. Whatever you feel like getting into, there are a ton of shows to choose from, whether you're looking for metal, rock, hip-hop or just want to party down like there's no s ... More >>
ICELANTIC'S WINTER ON THE ROCKS @ RED ROCKS | 1/27/12 Under a star-speckled sky and with freezing temperatures, Atmosphere delivered a greatest hits compilation at Red Rocks Amphitheatre for the inaugural Icelantic's Winter on the Rocks. Nostalgia aside, when he greeted everyone at the venue and op ... More >>
Are you ready? This is a weekend to remember. Tonight for the first time ever, the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre will add to its renown by hosting the first ever wintertime concert with Icelantic's Winter on the Rocks with Atmosphere, Common, Grieves and Budo and Get Cryphy. And that's just the tip o ... More >>
With SIA happening in Denver all this week, there's been no shortage of shows this week. As you know, the Backbeat crew goes hard in the streets. Last night, we caught bits of Dilated Peoples, Twista, DJ Vajra and the Foodchain at Snowdown 2012, Brother Ali at the Ogden with the ReMINDers and a surp ... More >>
Icelantic's Winter on the Rocks, the first ever winter concert at Red Rocks is about to go down, and we wanted to hook you up with some tips for, uh, weathering the elements. With light snow and lower temperatures forecast for today, this could truly be one of the most memorable concerts of all ti ... More >>
Red Rocks, end of January,Atmosphere, Greives, Yelawolf and Z-Trip? That's what we're hearing. We know: The prospect of seeing a show at Red Rocks in January seems, well, frosty, about as plausible as, say, seeing an NFL quarterback who cannot throw leading his team to W after W... Wait, what? Uh, n ... More >>
Sean Daley helped launch an empire when he co-founded Rhymesayers Entertainment, home to P.O.S., Brother Ali and, of course, his outfit, Atmosphere.The rapper otherwise known as Slug is an unstoppable force with endless vision and nonstop determination, which has helped make Rhymesayers one o ... More >>
Brian Landis FolkinsTrainTrain brought back the alterna-ballad '90's (acknowledging that most of the band's output has taken place within the last ten years, I still think the band sounds more like the Goo Goo Dolls or Counting Crows than anything much that's happening now) with a set that le ... More >>
50 Cent's Before I Self Destruct, released last week on Aftermath, grabbed the top spot at Independent Records for the week ending November 22. Hip-hop duo Felt, meanwhile, which features Slug from Atmosphere and Murs, follow up tributes to Christina Ricca and Lisa Bonet with A Tribute to Rosie P ... More >>
Atmosphere, Aesop Rock, Murs and Eyedea & Abilities Red Rocks Friday, August 14 Red Rocks giveth, and Red Rocks taketh away. The sprawling amphitheater is so storied at this point that it tests performers playing it like few venues in the country -- and not everyone passes. That was certain ... More >>
Over the next couple of weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Click here for previous year-in-review coverage from Backbeat and VVM. A couple of weeks ago, an expert on the Harry Potter series told an audience of high school kids how lucky they ... More >>
Slug and Ant transcend boilerplate indie rap on their new album.
When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold
Tuesday, April 17, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.
The talented tongue of Atmosphere goes to work.
Saturday, February 25, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Still no Jigga, but Kanye, some lovable limeys and a great Beyoncé substitute held it down.
You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having (Rhymesayers Entertainment)
Atmosphere's Slug celebrates the good, the bad and the Ugly.