Minnesota rap duo Atmosphere have unveiled their stirring new video for “Pure Evil.” The gripping song tackles the issue of police brutality and it’s from the group’s politically charged LP Fishing Blues.
“Pure Evil” follows a police officer named Officer Daley in the immediate aftermath of an officer-related shooting. In striking images, Daley is seen riding his motorcycle down a desolate highway, his hand quivering after the violent incident. The video ends with Daley overcome by guilty, digging a hole in the desert and burning his uniform as he crouches naked beside the fire.
“We’re proud to be part of a label that not only allows but encourages artists to make videos, singles, and focus tracks out of songs like this,” Atmosphere’s Slug said in a statement of the duo’s label Rhymesayers.
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Fishing Blues – which features guests like MF Doom, Aesop Rock, Kool Keith and I.B.E. – is due to drop in mid-August, but Pandora has an early stream of the album now. Atmosphere have also produced a series of “Fishing Blues with Sway Calloway videos, where Ant and Slug fish on Lake Minnetonka with the MTV VJ.