Slug Bait

Polluted by lazy press, Atmosphere's MC Slug clears the air

But wider appeal also brings greater notoriety. With such a rapidly growing fan base, Slug is aware of being an icon and trendsetter for younger fans, regardless of the labels being tossed about.

"It would be different if I was rapping to a bunch of 25-year-olds, 28-year-olds, but I'm not. I look out into the crowd and it's 15-year-olds, and I know I'm only a couple years away from making songs like 'Brush Your Teeth' or 'Stay in School' -- but until then, I'm just trying to use what I got to maybe gem somebody. At the same time, if I can gem you and make you have a good time and pay my fucking rent... you know, that's love. I don't need to prove to myself how dope of an MC I am anymore. Now I'm trying to prove to myself that I'm doing God's work."

Talk to the hand: Heartland hip-hop duo Atmosphere
Talk to the hand: Heartland hip-hop duo Atmosphere

Slug pauses, then quietly adds, "It sounds so arrogant to say it out loud, though."

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