On Friday, October 8th the Minneapolis hip-hop duo Atmosphere released their latest studio album, WORD? The album arrived via Rhymesayers Entertainment, the label co-owned by Atmosphere’s own Slug (Sean Daley) and Ant (Anthony Davis).
Along with the album’s release, Atmosphere also shared a music video for the album’s 14th and final song, “Barcade”, featuring none other than the late, great MF DOOM, and Rhymesayers mainstay Aesop Rock.
After producing records together for nearly 25 years, Slug and Ant managed to keep the juice flowing with this latest album. From the razor-sharp snares and meaty basslines on “Fleetwood”, t0 the rich melodies of “Clocked”, Atmosphere channeled the same mindset from earlier albums like God Loves Ugly or You Can’t Imagine How Much Fun We’re Having.
Artists such as Evidence, Sa-Rock, Lateef the Truthspeaker, Nikki Jean, Musab, Muja Messiah, Nino Bless, and several more saw features throughout the album. It was, however, the collaboration with MF DOOM and Aesop Rock on “Barcade” that stole the show and warranted a music video release alongside the album.
Featuring a masterful musical production from Ant, rife with a driving bassline and a throwback aura akin to the group’s first Overcast! album, “Barcade” sees three deliberate verses from Slug, MF DOOM, and Aesop, with no time wasted on a chorus.
In a video befitting of his name, director Rob Shaw channels true MF DOOM vibes, casting each rapper as the “final boss” in their own video game levels. Aesop took the first verse, arriving on screen looking like a space-alien-plant version of a cross between Krumm and Oblina from Aaahh!!! Real Monsters. Aesop handily defeated the game’s character, triggering a “GAME OVER”, before DOOM appeared as the final boss in a galaga-style space battle. Arriving as a cartoon version of his iconic mask, DOOM shot destructive light beams from his eyes as the punchlines flew from his mouth— creating yet another game over for the “protagonist”. The video game’s character met a similar fate during a battle with Slug’s long-toothed alien-goblin, reminding viewers that sometimes the villains can’t be taken down.
Below, check out the video for “Barcade” and scroll down for lyrics and to listen to WORD? in its entirety. Furthermore, head here for additional listening options.
Atmosphere Ft. MF DOOM, Aesop Rock – “Barcade” – (Official Music Video)
[Video: Rhymesayers Entertainment]
Atmosphere – WORD?
Atmosphere ft. MF DOOM, Aesop Rock – “Barcade” – Lyrics
(AESOP ROCK) DUCK, DUCK, I’M TOO NEXT, PUNKS JUMP TO GET SUPLEXED, MY 2 CENTS IS Y’ALL F***ED UP, SHOULD COME BUDDY UP WITH THESE MOOSE HEADS, I GET BLOOD AND GUTS ON MY WORK CLOTHES, SO NO TURNCOATS AND NO FUNNY STUFF, I GO TURBO, YA DO RUN RUN, OR GET CHAPERONED BACK TO BUMBLEF*CK, RABBIT HOLES ON RABBIT HOLES, WITH NO LONG GOODBYES, I JUST VAMONOS, I MIGHT REAPPEAR AS SOME VAGABOND WHO YELL DIRTY WORDS INTO A TRAFFIC CONE, AIN’T SH!T BUT SOME SICK JOKE, I DON’T MIX WELL WITH THIS MILQUETOAST, DAY ONES GET WISHED WELL, BUT I GIVE HELL TO THESE BRIDGE TROLLS, IT GO: LATE NIGHT, I’M NO SAINT, I’M SO GONE, DON’T CHANGE, I AIN’T OLD SCHOOL, I AIN’T NEW SCHOOL, I’M MORE NO SCHOOL LIKE SNOW DAYS, STOWAWAYS START POPPING OUT, POSSE UP ON Y’ALL STOMPING GROUNDS, MAINSTAYS TURN NOMAD, IT’S STILL NO MATCH FOR THESE FOXHOUNDS, SMOKE STACK I’M DEAD INSIDE, 4 WHEELS 1 HELL RIDE, 2 HANDS WITH 10 MIDDLE FINGERS, 1 SH!T GRIN, 2 PECKED EYES, ALL PRESSURIZED, ANTE UP, MY TANTRUM IS ON FULL TILT, DRUM ROLL, COME TALK TOUGH, I’M LIKE COUGH COUGH, IT’S ALL BULLSHIT
(MF DOOM) SH*TTY FINGERS IN YOUR WEED JAR THIS WHOLE WORLD IS LIKE VR FREE SHOWS AT THE REBAR ALL HOKEY AND YEE-HAW KEEP PLUCKING YOUR GUITAR SEE PAR DIPPED OFF THE PRICE IS RIGHT FREE CAR WE ARE BOB BARKER MUCH DARKER BLACK PARKA FAT MARKER MIC SPARKER METAL FACE MORE BODIES THAN A NIGHT STALKER RAMIREZ SWITCHING ALL THE HE SAYS SHE SAYS PREFER TO FOLLOW HER UNLESS SHE ITCHING BETWEEN THESE LEGS METICULOUS HERO SHINE WITH ZERO SWINE GREEN EGGS PACK GOT MORE WHINY RAPPERS THATS MORE ANNOYING THAN SCENE KIDS VILLAIN CRUSH GREEN DUST INTO FINE POWDER VANILLA DUTCH POP CLUTCH FEEL RUSH FEEL UP ON THE REAL NUTS NO PAUSE RAPPERS ALL BROADS NO BRAS VIOLATING ALL THE SMOKE LAWS WHITE LIES FOLKLORES BLEED OUT NO GAUZE ZOMBIES WITH THEIR HEADSETS NAH HE’S NOT DEAD YET BET BEEN CENTURIES FIGHTING ARMIES AND THESE DEATH THREATS
(SLUG) TAKE A BREATH BEFORE WE SINK INTO THE DEPTH OF DARKNESS THE RICH PEOPLE ARE TRYIN’ TO EAT YOU BETTER PROTECT YOUR ARMPITS MOMMY PICK UP YOUR TELEPHONE AND ACCEPT THE CHARGES I’LL SEE YOU NEXT THIRSTY THURSDAY WHEN I COLLECT YOUR GARBAGE THEY UNFAMILIAR BUT THEY STILL PRESENT RESPECT REGARDLESS NEVER STARVIN’ FOR ATTENTION NEVER BEGGED FOR PARDONS I CHECKED YOUR REFERENCES THEY ALL SAID THAT YOU’RE EXTRA HARMLESS I’LL STRAIGHT UP F***IN’ SON YOU THEN I’LL CATCH SOME BARGAINS I MIGHT BE YOUR PLUG IT DEPENDS ON WHERE YOUR HEART IS YOU MIGHT BE MY PLUG IT DEPENDS ON WHERE YOUR FARM IS I’LL TAKE A SMART DOG WITH SAUERKRAUT AND PARMESAN AND YOU CAN FIND ME TRYIN’ TO MAKE PARTY UNTIL THE STARS ARE GONE FIRST TIME CALLER TRYIN’ TO HOLLER AT MARTIANS I MIGHT BE SERVIN’ CAULIFLOWER AT THE FARMERS MARKET REST IN PEACE TO ALL THE ENERGY OUTSIDE OF THE MARGIN AND LEAVE A CANDLE IN THE WINDOW THAT’S FOR MICHEAL LARSEN