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Pugs Atomz

Pugs Atomz

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Published by: Whitney Lewis on Jan 17, 2012
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Pugs Atomz
is an internationally known MC and self proclaimed ‘profes-sional talker’ known for creating lyrically braggadocios and sociallyconscious hip hop soul music with a touch of blues. His goal: to documenthimself, his friends and the like minded experiences and individuals heencounters through video, art and music.Atomz was born in Pittsburgh Pennsylva-nia to a musically driven family. His father
Vincent Price
, a radio DJ, and his mother
Marti Thompson,
a painter, introducedAtomz to a colorful variety of music ofteninviting artists like
Oscar Brown Jr.
,poets and visual artists into the house-hold to provide a sense of culture.Inspired, Pugs recited his rst poem andearned his title as a ‘rapper’ from hispeers in the 5th grade; already a man of the people. After his debut performanceAtomz regularly wrote and immersedhimself in music. He began to listen toand emulate his cousins’ artistic style, butdid not have many hip hop mentorsthroughout high school until he came across
Chi Rock Nation
and
DemDare
(two big Hip Hop movements in Chicago). Determined, Atomz becamehis own leader improvising beats and experimenting with new instrumentswhile recording songs on his fathers’ stereo.In the mid-90’s Atomz paved the path for current Chicago artists like
PsalmOne
,
Qwel
, freestyle champ
Sam I Am
, pianist
Kenny Keys
, visual artist
Statik 
and
Hebru Brantley
when he created a traveling group called the
Nacrobats
; a crew of over 100 artists including rising hip hop icon
MikeEagle
known for throwing parties, free-style battles and grati art. TheNacrobats released several tapes on
EnOhEs
 
Music
including
Inverted Reality 
,
We Equator 
and
Network of Stars
. The group also released a properalbum on
Birthwrite Records
, Co-owned by Atomz, called
 Always
.In 2000 Atomz dropped his rst solo album called
Thanks for not rhyming
 under
Galapagos 4 Records
. The album created a loud buzz in the under-ground scene and fueled his emergence in the United States. Atomz hascontinued to release and produce solo albums including
 24 Years Later 
on
Birthwrite Records
(2002), the grati fueled
Playing with Matches
on
Audio 8
(2004),
Conversations with a Chamelion
on
Gravel Records
(2006)and
Kinda Like A Rapper 
on
Coalmine Music
 /
Fatbeats
(2010). His latestalbum
The Decade
dropped on
BBE Records
in 2010 and served as one of his best releases in the 2000's.

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