Atmosphere Announce New Album WORD?, Release Four-Song Maxi-Single, "WORD? Side A" [Listen] • Volume
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Written by: Shay Coulson | Photo(s) by: Dan Monick

Atmosphere Announce New Album WORD?, Release Four-Song Maxi-Single, “WORD? Side A” [Listen]

Today, underground hip-hop titans Atmosphere have announced their forthcoming album, WORD?. Due out on October 8th via Rhymesayers Entertainment, the announcement comes with a first look inside the project with the new music video for “Woes” and a four song maxi-single “WORD? Side A.”

Directed by Roxana Baldovin, the music video features Slug as a shark out of water, musing on the inevitable struggles of interpersonal relationships and the labors of love. The light-hearted visuals and earnest sentiments are complemented by a summery, reggae-influenced track from producer Ant.

“Woes” – Atmosphere


[Video: Rhymesayers Entertainment]

WORD? veers toward Atmosphere’s signature sound, highlighting the classic boom-bap aesthetic and bringing a unique energy out of Slug’s wisdom and delivery of the lyrics. From the razor-sharp snares and warm basslines in the album opener “Fleetwood,” to the resonant lyrics in “Woes,” the album plays like a joyride through a range of experiences, hardships, and emotions. The album features an extensive cast of special guests, including Evidence, Muja Messiah, Musab, Nino Bless, Nikki Jean, Anwar HighSign, BlackLiq, Sa-Roc, Haphduzn, Lateef the Truthspeaker, Aesop Rock, and the late MF DOOM, resulting in a perfect dish of music scoring Atmosphere’s talents with the beauty of their growth.

You can stream “WORD? Side A” below and listen on all streaming platforms here. Pre-save the album WORD? here.


To gear up for the forthcoming album, Atmosphere is teaming up with Cypress Hill for a co-headlining summer tour. Kicking off on August 8th in Irving, TX’s The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, the tour totals 17 stops, including Sandy, UT’s Rio Tinto Stadium Plaza on August 27th. For tickets, click here. For a list of all upcoming tour dates and information, visit Atmosphere’s website.

August 6 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
August 7 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall (Outside Lawn)
August 8 – New Braunfels, TX – Whitewater Amphitheater
August 10 – El Paso, TX – El Paso County Coliseum Parking Lot
August 11 – Albuquerque, NM – Expo NM Creative Arts Lot
August 13 – Los Angeles, CA – Shrine Auditorium West Parking Lot
August 14 – San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Amphitheater
August 15 – Mesa, AZ – Mesa Amphitheater
August 17 – Las Vegas, NV – Craig Ranch Amphitheater
August 19 – Berkeley, CA – The Greek Theatre
August 20 – Bend, OR – Les Schwab Amphitheater
August 21 – Spokane, WA – Riverfront Park Pavilion
August 22 – Redmond, WA – Marymoor Park
August 25 – Bonner, MT – KettleHouse Amphitheater
August 26 – Nampa, ID – Ford Idaho Center-Amphitheater
August 27 – Sandy, UT – Rio Tinto Stadium Plaza
August 28 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater