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Sean Michael Daley (born September 7, 1972), better known by his stage name Slug, is an American rapper from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Slug is best known as one half of the hip hop group Atmosphere, which he founded with Derek Turner (Spawn). Turner has since left and Anthony Davis (Ant) produces Atmosphere with Slug. In 1995, Slug, in collaboration with Anthony Davis, Musab Saad, and Brent Sayers founded the Minneapolis-based independent hip hop record label Rhymesayers Entertainment.

Slug was born Sean Michael Daley in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on September 7, 1972. The son of Valerie and Craig Daley, he is of Irish, Norwegian, African-American and Native American descent. He is currently married to Jessica Daley and has three children.  Slug’s nickname comes from his father’s; his dad was known to his friends as “Sluggo” and thus they began to call Sean “little Sluggo,” which he shortened to “Slug”. Before fully establishing himself as an official artist, Daley spent much time making music with fellow Minnesota rapper Nic Lehnertz. The two worked on projects together, and Daley recognizes Lehnertz as a contributing factor to his success. Lehnertz quit rapping after high school, while Daley went on to pursue a professional career. In Atmosphere’s early years, Slug DJ’d behind the scenes and let Spawn handle lyrics. The group eventually formed a strong relationship with Ant (Anthony Davis) and began collaborating on music. Along with solo MC Sab the Artist (then Beyond), and groups Black hole, Phull Surkle, and the Abstract Pack they formed the mid-1990s crew Headshots, with Slug appearing on the underground tape series HeadShots (1-7).

Another notable project of Slug’s is Felt, a collaboration with his friend, another underground rapper, MURS. Other projects he has been a part of include The Dynospectrum, in which he was known as “Sep Se7en”, and Deep Puddle Dynamics. He is a member of a loose collective known as The Orphanage, along with Aesop Rock, Sage Francis, Eyedea and Greenhouse.

In 2005, Slug and MURS started up Women Records, a record label through which they would release the albums of rock bands that they were friends with. The label was set up as an imprint through Rhymesayers Entertainment.


Studio Albums

  • Overcast! (1997)
  • God Loves Ugly (2002)
  • Seven’s Travels (2003)
  • Headshots: SE7EN (2005)
  • You Can’t Imagine How Much Fun We’re Having (2005)
  • Strictly Leakage (2008)
  • When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold (2008)
  • The Family Sign (2011)
  • Southsiders (2014)
  • Fishing Blues (2016)


  • Overcast! EP (1997)
  • Ford One (2000)
  • Ford Two (2000)
  • Sad Clown Bad Dub II (2000)
  • Lucy Ford: The Atmosphere EPs (2001)
  • Happy Clown Bad Dub 8/Fun EP (2006)
  • Sad Clown Bad Summer 9 (2007)
  • Sad Clown Bad Fall 10 (2007)
  • Sad Clown Bad Winter 11 (2007)
  • Sad Clown Bad Spring 12 (2008)
  • Leak at Will (2009)
  • To All My Friends, Blood Makes the Blade Holy: The Atmosphere EPs (2010)


  • Felt: A Tribute to Christina Ricci (2002)
  • Felt, Vol. 2: A Tribute to Lisa Bonet (2005)
  • Felt 3: A Tribute to Rosie Perez (2009)

Deep Puddle Dynamics

  • The Taste of Rain… Why Kneel? (1999)


  • Dynospectrum (1998)

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