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One of the most talented, up-and-coming hip-hop artists on the scene today is deM atlaS (Joshua Turner). The young Minnesota rapper is signed to hometown underground hip-hop label Rhymesayers, formed by his current tour mates Atmosphere, and just released his first proper LP “Bad Actress” in October.

Written and performed by the versatile vocalist and produced by Ant of Atmosphere, the 15-track album is a collection of therapeutic journeys consisting of lyrical content dealing with growing up in a dysfunctional family, suicide, drug abuse, mental illness and bad relationships.

Opening for Atmosphere on its Mi Vida Local Tour along with The Lioness and DJ Keezy, Turner will be rocking some of his new tunes in a 45-minute set when he performs at a sold-out Wooly’s on Friday in Des Moines.

We spoke with Turner during a recent phone interview about the tour, his new record and why he likes atlases.

More: Hip-hop duo Atmosphere to play sold-out show at Wooly's on Friday

On current tour with Atmosphere: "I’ve learned a lot from them, as I’ve studied them. They’ve showed me the ropes. Slug and Ant are like mentors, but we’re friends at the end of the day. It was crazy to even think about that I was signed. But that phase is over. That was the honeymoon phase, now it’s like 'let’s get to work and try to make something happen.' Reality has crept in and it’s no longer like I’m this wide-eyed kid anymore. I’m happy to be here and soaking up the opportunity."

On the production of “Bad Actress”: "I would go over to his house and he’d play me beats and I’d come up with the hooks. He basically just encouraged me to sing more. I was sometimes coming at it with the more rap approach and he just wanted me to do my natural singing voice. I wrote all the songs, I wrote all the melodies, but he obviously produced all the music."

On his diverse musical influences: "I love Lenny Kravitz and James Brown. But it goes even further back than that. I used to be in a rock band in high school, we played a lot of different types of music; soul, funk, alternative, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, punk. There’s a lot of things at work here. I like Lead Belly, I like Robert Johnson, I like Muddy Waters. I love Jimi Hendrix. Obviously, Prince and Michael Jackson. I love Nirvana. Then on the hip-hop side I love B.I.G., I love (Tu)Pac, I love Kendrick Lamar, great emcees, great poetry. The list goes on and on, there’s a lot of elements. I’ve studied the greats."

On coming up with his stage name: "As a kid I liked to read atlases, I liked to draw maps and I liked to draw cartoons. I was always living in a different world. I’d be in school always at the back of class just drawing maps, and reading atlases of places I’ve never been to, I was like 9. So, the name atlas always just stuck in the back of my head. And as I graduated high school, and all my bandmates went off to college and I was kind of left to my own devices. So, I took up the name Atlas. But Atlas what, though? And Dem came to mind, I started referring myself in the third person."

On the name and the concept for the “Bad Actress” CD cover: "In order for life to happen, you first must die. So it’s admitting to the viewer that I’ve slept with death and it’s kind of like a death/rebirth story. The cover I think totally encapsulates the album itself. (It) symbolizes death and where I’ve been; sleeping with death, a toxic love that was making me hollow, making me vacant, making me soulless, like I was losing my soul. That’s what gives it the name ‘Bad Actress,’ because there was no acting. And if I were to try to act, it’d be bad. There’s a lot of references to the devil and the music, just saying where I’ve been, like riding with death. My favorite artist (Jean-Michel) Basquiat has a painting called ‘Riding with Death,’ and you see a naked man and he’s on top of animal skulls and he’s riding. And I took that same concept with this (cover art) picture."

On the album’s pre-release series of colorful videos: "We needed a video for the album and I had some sparse ideas. Like for “Gratitude,” I knew I wanted it to take place in the south. It has a certain southern twang to it, an old country backwater feel to it. (Director) Dave Wilson came up because he was looking for work at the time as well and it just aligned like that. It wasn’t my idea to make it a visual EP or a short film, that was thought up by my other mentor and friend Siddiq. So, Dave Wilson and I just went around the south and we shot in Alabama, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona and California."

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