Q&A

Atmosphere's Slug on Humor, Telling Stories, and "Keeping It Real"

Sean Daley, A.K.A. Slug of Atmosphere, is an outspoken dude. Just listen to The Family Sign, released earlier this year by Slug's label Rhymesayers for proof.

Over live guitar, keyboards and beats courtesy of Ant, his long time partner, Slug rattles of tales of abusive boyfriends, his personal life, and taking rappers he inspired out on tour.

The record received warm critical reception, with many reviews pointing out the personal nature of the lyrics, but according to Slug, many reviewers missed his point.

"We tell these stories to illustrate a bigger point," he says.

"Not to illustrate what actually happened to us today. For fuck sakes, you know what I mean? I would just talk to you if I wanted to tell you what happened to me today."

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.