Atmosphere don't quite fit in with the rap scene that is usually portrayed on this website, but the Minneapolis-founded group has been doing their thing now for 26 years, and counting. As one of alternative rap's most successful acts, it's time that they got the throwback treatment. For today, we're focusing on the output from the group's first few albums, beginning with 1996's Overcast! and ending with 2005's You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having.

Atmosphere's style is marked by emotionally-charged lyrics that are often deeply personal. Slug, the MC, wears his heart on his sleeve with each bar, and when he's backed by Ant's unique production, the combination is lethal. These guys have a cult-like following, and many fans of the band have seen them numerous times.

Their longevity has boiled over into mainstream success, too. The last three LPs have been broken into the top 15 on the Billboard charts, with the When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold peaking at #5 and the latest LP, Southsiders peaking at #8. Let's take a look at the tracks that have contributed to this type of prosperity.