Is it really that time of year again? I have no idea where 2012 went; it seems like it was just January a few short months ago. In this seemingly short year, there has been a slew of superb releases – especially in the Hip-Hop realm. Like I’ve always said, making a year-end list is no simple task, and it’s inevitable that someone (or a lot of people) will disagree with my choices; however, opinions are unique to each individual, and we are all entitled to our own. If you feel the need to voice your opinion, leave a comment in the C-Section.
Archive for Brother Ali
Holy heat rock Batman! Brother Ali & Jake One have dropped an atomic bomb on my ears! A while back, I posted the first single off of Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color – “Stop The Press”. I wasn’t really too keen on the beat that Jake One had cooked up for “Stop The Press”, but “Mourning in America” is a much different story; Mr. Uno builds an emphatic ensemble that allows Brother Ali to vent about his views on war and violence in America, and to be quite frank, Ali’s not afraid to speak out:
“Overseas we can mutilate and mangle /Let me give you an example what our troops are coming back to /Cold cities where the youth are getting strangled /The community in peril and our future looking narrow/Your school already failed you /The boys in blue will nail you they salute you with a barrel /The streets are a certified dead zone /Decorated with chalk lines and headstones”
Every time I hear a new song from this album, it gets better and better; my anticipation for this album is off the charts, so September 18th can’t come soon enough. I – much like many of Ali’s fans – was nervous when I heard that Ant wasn’t going to have any production credits to his name on this album, but I think that this album is going to end up far better than I could have ever anticipated.
You can pre-order the album through Fifth Element.
It appears as though Brother Ali is back folks. You may recall that he dropped a free EP earlier this year called The Bite Marked Heart, and on August 21st, the Good Brother will be releasing his latest full length album Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color. The effort will be produced entirely by Seattle beat smith Jake One; I’ve been a huge fan of everything that these guys have done together, and I can’t wait to hear what they’ve cooked up on this project. This is Ali’s first full length album since Us back in 2009.
“Stop The Press” is the lead single off of Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color, and at first I wasn’t to keen on the track, but it is definitely growing on me after a few listens. Jake’s silky smooth beat provides the perfect canvas for Brother Ali to inform the people about what he’s been up to since his last major release. A lot of fans might be slightly apprehensive because Ant isn’t producing the entirety of the album like he has in the past, but I can assure you that this album is going to be special; Brother Ali and Jake One have a great deal of chemistry, and it’s going to shine through on this album.
That’s right, Mr. Ali is back with a free EP for the masses; The Bite Marked Heart is a new 7 track EP of all original material. I’m particularly stoked about this one because Brother Ali does the majority of his work on this project with Jake One; of course, Ali did a couple tracks with ANT as well. If you remember Jake One’s album White Van Music, then you know that he works very well with Ali. Upon seeing the tracklisting, I instantly became fixated on track number three; hearing Brother Ali and Phonte on the same track is like a dream come true.
After my first listen of The Bite Marked Heart, I can definitely say that it’s worth the free download, and it’s an overall great project. Brother Ali doesn’t know what the definition of sub-par is; well, he might, but I’m guessing we will never see evidence of it. Make sure you click that button and grab some of the best (free) quality Hip-Hop you can find, courtesy of Rhymesayers Entertainment.
Download: Brother Ali, The Bite Marked Heart EP
Love it. I love living in Minneapolis. We have pretty nice weather most of the time and we have the sickest music scene around. Hip-hop in Minneapolis is flourishing. One of the top fixture hip-hop figures of Minneapolis is Brother Ali. Obviously, if you haven’t heard any of his music give it a listen. I am particularly fond of The Undisputed Truth, and anything he does with Sean Daley or Anthony Davis (Atmosphere).
Since The Undisputed Truth he has been on my Ipod and my music radar nonstop. Lyrics so real and so down to earth one can get lost in his flow. He is making it sound easy. His topics range from love to government oppression. He has extreme sick, but classic beats, local sounding by Minneapolis standards. Brother Ali’s songs just get stuck in your head. They are real, real and ever so poignant, yet they are uplifting and upbeat. I love how his positive attitude towards life and simple yet complex message he evokes in the listener. What more can a person say?
I have had the opportunity to witness a live show by Brother Ali, and actually meet him in person a few times. He is nothing but a genuine, in person and in song. I was running in Loring Park and I said what up and he gave me a fistbump. I said I love his music and told him to keep it up. He is a straight up cool guy, very humble, the kind of artist one can appreciate and relate to.
I saw he dropped “Writer’s Block” so I figured everyone should have the chance to check out this gem. Also, the message hits home. Take what you can from it. I can’t wait for Brother Ali’s new album to drop, Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color.
First of all, let me start off by saying that “Freshest Kids” might be the track of the year. This shit is just plain ridiculous. I posted a video of Brother Ali & Toki recording this track a little while back, and this is the finished product. The beat on this track is incredible and all three emcees spits verses so hot it might leave your ears with third degree burns. I gotta give it up to BK-One, he’s concocted one of the best beats I’ve heard this year with this track. I’m bowing to these guys right now. And to think, they only recorded this track just for the tour… make sure you catch these guys when they come to your city, it’s going to be one hell of a show.
It seems as though everything that Brother Ali touches turns to gold. Everything that this Twin Cities native has put out has been well above par. Earlier this year he dropped The Truth is Here EP, which was 9 straight tracks of sheer brilliance, and now he drops Us into the hands of the people. Much like everyone else is saying, I will agree that this is one of the best albums of this year. It has everything you’ve come to expect from a Brother Ali album: powerful production from Ant and legendary lyrics from Brother Ali. Ali is quickly on his way to becoming a legendary emcee, and Us is yet another nail in the pivotal coffin of truth. Brother Ali’s story telling abilities come alive like a beast in hibernation, and the outcome is simply stunning. Continue reading