“Woman With the Tattooed Hands” – Atmosphere
Atmosphere is an American Hip-Hop group from Minneapolis, Minnesota. The group is composed of rapper Slug (Sean Daley) and DJ/Producer Ant (Anthony Davis). The group has gained popularity within some circles, and at times has had singles such as “National Disgrace” receiving airtime on MTV2.
Regardless of these small sucesses, Atmosphere has yet to reach into the realm of “popular” music. His following remains a relatively small number of passionate fans who, like myself, see his music as art. More than any other hip-hop artist I know of, Slugs music delves deep into his emotional past and his mind. It is very clear that he has demons that he is working out through the microphone, and this passion (and at times confusion) is a beautiful thing to be able to take part in.
Much of Atmosphere’s musical content deals with women, and this song follows into that category. “Woman With the Tattooed Hands”, as Slug has said himself, is “a metaphor for that same old shit that everybody has already made songs about. Just trying to find your place within a belief and faith as well as people that you want to have sex with.”
There are deeply poetic uses of symbolism and metaphor in this song, and for me powerful philosophy. The balance between our deepest primal desires and our human sensibilities is a precarious one, and it is a balancing act we all face consciously and subconsciously every day. The amount we choose to indulge each side is up to us, and determines who we become and what we do with our lives.