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Atmosphere, Blueprint, Grieves, Budo, Sab the Artist, DJ Abilities 

When: Mon., May 9, 8 p.m. 2011
Slug, of Twin Cities hiphop institution Atmosphere, has been flirting with it for years, but now with the release of The Family Sign it's downright official: He's a grown-ass man. Maintaining relevancy while aging in independent hiphop is a journey into uncharted territory, and while Atmosphere's recent output has varied—2008's When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold was a hit, 2005's You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having was not—it's hard to hate on the backpacker icon and co-founder of Rhymesayers Entertainment. Speaking of, the criminally underappreciated Blueprint just delivered Adventures in Counter-Culture on the very same label. His most balanced full-length to date, Adventures expands on the emcee's previous material and balances boastful rhymes with a genuine sincerity. As he puts it, "My perfect day is to make a beat and have sex." Can't argue with that. EZRA ACE CARAEFF

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