Dem Atlas

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Dem Atlas
Birth nameJoshua Evans Turner
Born (1992-05-31) May 31, 1992 (age 26)
Akron, Ohio
OriginSt. Paul, Minnesota
GenresHip hop, alternative hip hop
Occupation(s)Rapper
Years active2010–present
LabelsRhymesayers Entertainment
Associated actsSifu Hotman

Joshua Evans Turner[1] (born May 31, 1992[2][3]), better known by his stage name Dem Atlas (often stylized as deM atlaS),[4] is an American rapper from St. Paul, Minnesota.[5] The Village Voice listed him as one of their "Five Rap Artists to Watch For in 2015".[6] He is a member of the group Sifu Hotman alongside rapper Guante and producer Rube.[7] He is currently signed to Rhymesayers Entertainment.[8][9]

Early life[edit]

Born in Akron, Ohio, Turner moved to Minneapolis at age 4.[10] He attended Eagan Senior High School.[11]

Career[edit]

In 2013, Dem Atlas released his debut EP, Charle Brwn.[12] In 2014, he released the Dwnr EP on Rhymesayers Entertainment.[13] It was listed by Pitchfork as one of their "Best MN Hip-Hop Releases of 2014".[14] In that year, Sifu Hotman, his collaborative project with Guante and Rube, released an album, Embrace the Sun.[15] In 2015, he released a single, "With a Smile".[16] In 2016, he released a mixtape, MF Dem, which featured 13 previously released instrumentals from MF Doom.[17] In 2018, he released a studio album, Bad Actress.[18]

Style and influences[edit]

In a 2015 interview with Star Tribune, Dem Atlas stated that his influences range from Pharcyde to Nas, Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Louis Armstrong, and Billie Holiday.[19]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Embrace the Sun (2014) (with Guante and Rube, as Sifu Hotman)
  • Bad Actress (2018)

Mixtapes[edit]

  • MF Dem (2016)

EPs[edit]

  • Charle Brwn (2013)
  • Sifu Hotman (2013) (with Guante and Rube, as Sifu Hotman)
  • Dwnr (2014)

Singles[edit]

  • "All We Got" (2014)
  • "With a Smile" (2015)
  • "In the Mud" (2017)

Guest appearances[edit]

  • Irenic - "Angels Lose Their Way" from Wisdom Teeth: The Art of Pulling Roots (2012)
  • Beasthead - "Different Son" from Tallest Trees (2013)
  • Atmosphere - "Color in the Snow" (2013)
  • Antioch - "Prozac Daytrips" from King of the Forest (2014)
  • Christopher Michael Jensen - "Psychosis" from CM Cool J (2014)
  • Atmosphere - "Finer Things" (2015)
  • Andre Mariette - "Beer Vs. Champagne" from Cloud 8.9 (2015)
  • Doze - "Nice Guys Finish Last" from Pay Dues Forever (2015)
  • Atmosphere - "Next to You" from Fishing Blues (2016)
  • Onry Ozzborn - "Figure It Out" from Duo (2016)
  • Brother Ali - "Special Effects" from All the Beauty in This Whole Life (2017)
  • Atmosphere - "Drown" from Mi Vida Local (2018)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Riemenschneider, Chris (March 21, 2015). "Young Minnesota music stars graduate to SXSW (1/2)". Star Tribune. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  2. ^ Dem Atlas (May 31, 2016). "Throwin like a throw up. Today's my birthday! Yay!". Twitter. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  3. ^ Dem Atlas (April 30, 2014). "I'm 21". Twitter. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  4. ^ Young, Killian (March 12, 2015). "Once Upon a Time in Minneapolis: 20 Years of Rhymesayers". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  5. ^ Spencer, Jack (January 20, 2015). "Dem Atlas Proved His Star Is Rising Rapidly at 7th St. Entry (1/2)". City Pages. Archived from the original on March 29, 2015. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  6. ^ Kangas, Chaz (January 5, 2015). "Five Rap Artists to Watch For in 2015 (1/2)". The Village Voice. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  7. ^ Swensson, Andrea (November 12, 2013). "Dem Atlas signs to Rhymesayers Entertainment". The Current. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  8. ^ Mayorga, Dean (November 13, 2013). "Rhymesayers Entertainment Signs Dem Atlas". HipHopDX. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  9. ^ Fischer, Reed (November 12, 2013). "Rhymesayers inks St. Paul's Dem Atlas". City Pages. Archived from the original on March 31, 2015. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  10. ^ Riemenschneider, Chris (February 13, 2014). "Rap's new throwback to the future". Star Tribune. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  11. ^ Maloney, Patrick (February 14, 2013). "Atlas at last". Minnesota Daily. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  12. ^ Tardio, Andres (November 14, 2013). "Dem Atlas "Charlie Brwn EP" Tracklisting & Stream". HipHopDX. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  13. ^ Segal, Sam (February 9, 2015). "deM atlaS: DWNR (Rhymesayers Entertainment)". Radio K. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  14. ^ Thompson, Paul (December 10, 2014). "Minnesota Weird: The Best MN Hip-Hop Releases of 2014". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  15. ^ Spencer, Jack (July 24, 2014). "Guante details his full-length with Dem Atlas as Sifu Hotman (1/2)". City Pages. Archived from the original on March 30, 2015. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  16. ^ Riemenschneider, Chris (January 7, 2015). "Allan Kingdom, deM atlaS kick off 2015 with celebratory singles". Star Tribune. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  17. ^ Madden, Michael (September 9, 2016). "deM atlaS talks MF Doom project, long-awaited debut ahead of Summit Backyard Bash". City Pages. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  18. ^ Ivey, Justin (October 18, 2018). "deM atlaS Releases "Bad Actress" LP". HipHopDX. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  19. ^ Blanchette, Aimee (January 9, 2015). "Style profile: Rhymesayers rapper Dem Atlas talks fashion". Star Tribune. Retrieved April 5, 2015.

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