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February 9, 2014

Welcome back: Atmosphere returns to Mankato on fourth annual Welcome to MN Tour

Atmosphere returns to Mankato on fourth annual Welcome to MN Tour

After being together for nearly 20 years, those who haven’t kept up with the Minneapolis rap duo Atmosphere might write them off as being “washed up;” however, that is clearly not the case.

With an ever-growing fan base, ownership of the local juggernaut independent hip-hop label Rhymesayers Entertainment and constant new music on the horizon, Atmosphere is a force to be reckoned with.

The group will make a familiar stop in Mankato on Wednesday at the Verizon Wireless Center to kick off the fourth annual Welcome to Minnesota Tour.

Comprised of rapper Sean “Slug” Daley and DJ/producer Anthony “Ant” Davis, Atmosphere has always taken the time to reach out to the local hip-hop community and maintained a strong connection to Minnesota since before the group was officially formed in 1995.

Daley and Davis remain a constant Twin Cities presence and Daley has sustained a reputation as being an accessible public figure; however, he enjoys his life as a quiet family man.

“I still live in the south side of Minneapolis and I might bump into you at the grocery store, I’m just not going to bump into you at the Red Dragon,” Daley said.

Transitoning into stardom would seem to come with complications, but Daley didn’t recall having any issues that disrupted his long-term goals.

“There were a few growing pains when I started to shift from being a common drunk to a being a person with a family,” Daley said. “I wouldn’t say it was a struggle it at all. I think that is because it was always in me to make that shift. No one should aspire to be the town drunk, so why would I?”

The group chooses to play small venues versus performing in large stadiums due to financial commitments. Though they have performed in arenas, Daley prefers a more intimate setting.

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