I Self Devine album announcement

Those of you who follow Rhymesayers have probably heard his previous album “Before I Self Destruct”, which was released in 2005 and in case you didn’t know, it’s also amazing. He hasn’t released an album since, so this is huge news. Watch his big announcement here:

Atmosphere – The Family Sign

So being a huge midwest based hip-hop fan, I follow the scene pretty closely. Many of you have probably already heard of Atmosphere’s new album set to release April 12th, 2011, so I’m a little late on the subject. They just dropped their first single from the album called “Just for show” on the Current last night, and seeing as the Current is so awesome when it comes to local music and it’s dedicated fans, they’ve got the single online streaming to listen to for the next week. You can listen to that here. Along with the single they’ve release album artwork:

Cover of "The Family Sign"

They also made a press release for the media:

Atmosphere returns with their 7th official studio album and the newest addition to their unparalleled body of work. The Family Sign comes from a place well refined and firmly planted, from a universal perspective. It’s about being okay with losing friends and strengthening your bonds with others, celebrating the person who’s been the most positive in your life, your kids, your homies, leaving the people you need to behind, and bringing the ones you love with you. It’s about your family, your time and the time you have with them. It’s about living and dying. It’s the truth about family, that it comes from loyalty as much as biology. It’s about breaking down your perceptions of family and really appreciating the people who’ve made you who you are and continue doing so.

The Family Sign is Atmosphere’s most personal and intimate album yet; it involves and engages the listener like never before. Slug’s signature voice weaves in and out of Ant’s ASR-born production, Nate Collis’ bluesy guitar riffs and the sound of Erick Anderson’s unmistakable keys giving The Family Sign a fresh, unique edge without sacrificing Atmosphere’s signature sound. Join the Family April 12th, 2011.

1. My Key
2. The Last to Say
3. Became
4. Just For Show
5. She’s Enough
6. Bad Bad Daddy
7. Millenium Dodo
8. Who I’ll Never Be
9. I Don’t Need Brighter Days
10. Ain’t Nobody
11. Your Name Here
12. If You Can Save Me Now
13. Something So
14. My Notes

Along with the artwork, single, and press release they’re doing a tour with Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz to promote the album. Unfortunately they won’t be making their way through the Twin Cities, but they’ll be all over the country. Here’s a list of the tour dates and locations:

04.20.11 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall – Buy Tickets | RSVP
04.21.11 – Munhall, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall – Buy Tickets | RSVP
04.22.11 – S. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground – Buy Tickets | RSVP
04.23.11 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues – Buy Tickets | RSVP
04.24.11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory – Buy Tickets | RSVP
04.26.11 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 – Buy Tickets | RSVP
04.27.11 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club – Buy Tickets | RSVP
04.28.11 – Richmond, VA @ The National – Buy Tickets | RSVP
04.29.11 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel – Buy Tickets | RSVP
04.30.11 – Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco – Buy Tickets | RSVP
05.02.11 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s BBQ – Buy Tickets | RSVP
05.04.11 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre – Buy Tickets | RSVP
05.05.11 – Pomona, CA @ Fox Theater – Buy Tickets | RSVP
05.06.11 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues – Buy Tickets | RSVP
05.07.11 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre ^ – Buy Tickets | RSVP
05.09.11 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater – Buy Tickets | RSVP
05.10.11 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre – Buy Tickets | RSVP
05.12.11 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall – Buy Tickets | RSVP
05.13.11 – Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room – Buy Tickets | RSVP
05.14.11 – Saskatoon, SK @ The Odeon – Buy Tickets | RSVP
05.17.11 – Boulder, Co @ Fox Theatre – Sold Out! | RSVP

Lasers

Lupe Fiasco has recently released the track listing for his upcoming album “Lasers”. This is his album that almost didn’t get released. This Chicago based artist has had his album done for over a year now and has been battaling with his record label Atlantic Records over whether or not to release this to the public. For the fans sake, it’s coming on March 8th! As a huge Lupe fan myself, I can say that hearing that this is actually coming out and hitting shelfs is a huge deal. If you’ve never heard any Lupe Fiasco you should definitely check him out. This album is going to be one of his greatest yet, following “The Cool” which was released a few years back and became an instant classic. Tracks like “Superstar” and “Hip hop has saved my life” garnered him major radio play, resulting in an ever growing fan base. The reason why I personally love Lupe Fiasco so much is, he’s not afraid to tell it like it really is.

Track listing for “Lasers”:

1. Letting Go (Feat. Sarah Green)

2. Words I Never Said (Feat. Skylar Grey)

3. Till I Get There

4. I Don’t Wanna Care Right Now (Feat. MDMA)

5. Out Of My Head (Feat. Trey Songz)

6. The Show Goes On

7. Beautiful Lasers, (Two Ways) (Feat. MDMA)

8. Coming up (Feat. MDMA)

9. State Run Radio (Feat. Matt Mahaffey)

10. Break The Chain (Feat. Eric Turner & Sway)

11. All Black Everything

12. Never Forget You (Feat. John Legend)

For more info on the album, or to order a presale copy of “Lasers” (The premium pack even includes limited edition items such as a T-shirt, a poster, and a sew on patch) go to his website here: Lupe Fiasco\’s Lasers

And if you are one of those people that have never heard him, here’s a great example of what an amazing artist he is: