Once upon a time, about 10 years ago, it seemed plausible that Kanye West could appear on a song with the Minneapolis underground rap institution Atmosphere. Kanye was bringing backpack-rap aesthetics to the mainstream, and Atmosphere were, for a while there, the greatest and most popular backpacker group in the world. It didn’t happen. And now, 10 years later, Atmosphere have a new song called “Kanye West” on their forthcoming album Southsiders (which also features the single “Bitter“). The song isn’t about Kanye West at all; instead, as rapper Slug says, it’s about “loving something so much that you submit to the moment.” In classic Atmosphere, it’s a weirdly cathartic piece of emotionally incisive boom-bap, and you can hear it below.
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