From the Collection: Atmosphere – “Don’t Forget”

Memories, they get me every single time.

To me, this is the one track I identify most with from Atmosphere’s Slug and Ant. The lyrics and keys that carry this beat hit a spot that can’t easily be described. That’s how genuine this track is, at least to me.

But I’m a bit biased, of course, based on this particular moment alone: “I was addicted to the radio. Make my request, and wait for it, holding my finger on the pause button, like, “now, go” – I guess that was the original down-load. Rap videos, and girl’s digits. A 15-pack of blank cassettes for Christmas…”

The day my dad handed me a box of old blank cassette tapes of meetings or seminars he was done listening to still runs through my mind as clear as the day.

I was that kid in the late 1980s and early 1990s recording music off the radio and dubbing copies of the new tape you just bought. But, in order to do so, I had to face my boom box to my brother’s and be sure everyone left the room before hitting record. Ah, the good ol’ days.

More from Atmosphere’s “Don’t Forget” (2007) off of Sad Clown Bad Summer (No. 9) EP:

“We would skip out on class and shit, to go visit other schools, just trying to act cool. And looking back I have to laugh at it, cause all we did was burn up gas and flunk math, fool.”

“And God knows I shoulda been studyin, so maybe I could grow up and be somebody.”

“Good thing back then I had bad game, otherwise there’d probably be a few with my last name.”

“When I look in my rear view now, what would I see, if I didn’t have the music in my history? Now give it to me.”

Shout out to my brother Arron for passing this vinyl my way over Fourth of July weekend.

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