Atmosphere, To All My Friends, Blood Makes The Blade Holy
Slug may never get recognized as one of hip-hopâ€™s greatest storytellers, but he deserves to be. The Minneapolis rapper excels at the confessional, rhyming first-person narratives so vivid you think theyâ€™re ripped straight from his diary. On To All My Friends, Blood Makes The Blade Holy, a pair of EPs packaged into a mini-album, Slug raps about vehicular homicide (â€œScalpâ€), young love (â€œThe Number Noneâ€), and drug-dealing homeboys (â€œThe Major Leaguesâ€) as a backing band plays extended riffs and beery blues. Itâ€™s not Lil Wayne, but it will more than do.