God Loves Ugly - Atmosphere
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  • Summary: The Minneapolis underground hip-hop duo of rapper Slug and producer Ant offer up 18 new tracks.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. A record that gamely tries to get with mainstream hip-hop concerns. [Listen 2 This supplement, Aug 2002, p.14]
  2. In a hip-hop landscape littered with studio gangsters, pimps on wax, and thugs in need of hugs, Slug proves yet again on God Loves Ugly that the bravest move a rapper can make is simply to be himself.
  3. Though the lo-fi D.I.Y. production slows the momentum on a handful of tracks, when Slug's rhymes and producer Ant's beats click, the results are as good as underground hip-hop gets.
  4. Slug and Ant have no aversion to a killer pop hook. [Sep 2002, p.76]
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    Atmosphere creates hip-hop that is more than the sum of its parts. [Aug 2002, p.82]
  6. It's as close to emo as hip-hop gets.
  7. God Loves Ugly ends up as the worst kind of inconsistent album--inconsistent not because of any lack of knowledge, creativity or heart on the part of the artists, but because they can't decide whether they want to use that knowledge to showcase their own voice or mimic someone else's.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 91 out of 92
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 92
  3. Negative: 1 out of 92
  1. Aug 10, 2012
    Great album. Lyrically, this seems to be when Slug was at his peak. The production value of the instrumentals has improved steadily with each Atmosphere album, but the depth of lyrical content seems to have just continued to wane away post G.L.U. I feel like this was an album Slug was making because he loved rhyming and lyrical depth. He was willing to get abstract, he was willing to dive deep into metaphors, etc, while the next albums seemed to be aimed more at relating to the masses and dumbing things down to be understand by more casual listeners. So, if you like Atmosphere but haven't heard his earlier albums, don't miss out on them, they are the best Slug has to offer. Expand
  2. Dec 23, 2012
    Great lyricism and it's original Hip Hop. Only second to Overcast!, it still gives a nice Minneapolis vibe when you rep the same town. The beats are nice and they will get your head bobbin', especially "God Loves Ugly" Expand
  3. Apr 8, 2012
    The bass and the movement will always be one of my favorite Atmosphere songs. And God Loves Ugly will always be my favorite Atmosphere album. Headshots: Se7en is an insanely close second place for me. Expand
  4. Dec 20, 2013
    I like atmosphere, but I find the hooks corny beyond belief. Slugs flow is not up to par with his lyrics, and some of these tracks are just kind of forgettable. Expand

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