God Loves Ugly
label: Rhyme Sayers / Fat Beats
our score: 4.0 out of 5.0
new album to fickle hip-hop fans, Atmosphere brings God Loves
Ugly to the table. Combining the obligatory elements of precisely
manicured beats and production by Ant and the introspective, thoughtful
and sometimes self-deprecating lyrics presented by underground
super-star Slug, God is the latest album released by
the Minneapolis native.
hip-hop artist turned national treasure, Slug presents the listener
with his uncommon style of astonishing lyrics with tales of mistaken
love and tribulations he has endured in his 30 years. Even more
so, Slug manages to take his undeniable talent for spitting out
libretto and paints for us a vivid picture of his life.
The tone of
the album is set immediately with pre-pubescent children mocking
in unison “you’re so ugly, you’re so ugly”.
Immediately it is known that God has a darker flavor than previously
greatness are abundant; quasi-ballad to the ever-elusive Lucy,
“Fuck You Lucy” reiterates the failed relationship(s)
with the rappers ex-lover(s). Once again Slug goes on to express
his half-hearted hatred for her proclaiming,“I wanna scream
‘fuck you’ / But the problem is I still love you Lucy
/ So instead I'll finish my drink and have another / While you
think about how you used to be my lover”.
addresses acheiving a balance between involvements with new love
and attempts at swimming in the world’s drowning pool in
“Modern Man’s Struggle.” (A track that incidentally
is also the most well put-together track on the disc). Almost
magical in the intricacies of the marriage between production
and lyricism, "Modern…" shows us how hip-hop can
evolve to something greater than, say... Nelly.
Now, as a
critic, it's almost a duty to point out not only the good, but
also the bad. After listening to the album multiple times with
a critical ear, I can say that the album is nearly flawless. Perhaps
the only low point is the fact that Atmosphere gives the critic
and casual listener alike nothing to complain about.
All in all,
God Loves Ugly is the hip-hop album of the year.
For those looking for another Lucy Ford, you might be
disappointed. Although still unbelievably strong in his lyrical
style, it's apparent Slug has grown more jaded (is it possible?)
since his last release. With God, Atmosphere feeds the
ever-hungry minds of hip-hop heads a hearty helping of intelligent
lyrics and delicious beats.
liked God Loves Ugly...
2. Bass and the Movement
3. Give Me
4. Fuck You Lucy
7. Song About a Friend
9. Saves the Day
13. Girl Named Hope
14. Godlovesugly Reprise
15. Modern Man's Hustle
16. One of a Kind