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The Undisputed Truth

Brother Ali

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A brilliant album from a brilliant artist.

As someone who has been reviewing music for the better part of 15 years, and listening to and attending rap and hip-hop shows since the mid-1980s onward, I can tell you that I have never heard an album like this before. You will hear strains of PE and The Coup and even punk and reggae in this album, but this is not mimicry, it is BA's way of honoring everything that flows through his artistic mind. The lyrics are free of the misogynistic and racism-perpetuating Amos n Andy-style "hip-hop" that record companies love to eat up and promote visually. This is an album of liberation, the kind that Bob Marley used to sing and speak of when he spoke of liberating your mind from mental slavery. How BA has fallen beneath the radar all this time is inexplicable but understandable: his deeply subversive, vulnerable, outraged, political lyrics are just too much for the average record company, as well as the average listener of this genre who, at this point, is actually more likely to be a suburban Euro-American teenager. (Numerically speaking.) This is not to knock anyone who fits that category, but to point out that the people who used to listen to hip-hop and inform so much of the direction of it have often left this genre behind b/c it has continued to disappoint, year by year. If you're tapped into the underground, that's another matter altogether. This album, and this artist, deserves every bit of attention that we, collectively, can give it.

Another Nordeast MPLS Album

Brother Ali's album is off the hook and further proves the point that MPLS especially Notheast and Edison High is producing one of the best underground hip hop scenes in the country. Artists like Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Unknown Prophets, and Eyedea & Abilities were all raised in the greatest city in the world, MINNEAPOLIS.

Do you listen to music, or do you just skim through it?

For those of you out there who actually take in the meaning of real hip-hop, don't hesitate another second to grab this album. Brother Ali's trademark flow and storytelling skills are back in his second full length LP. Ant's stellar productions once again lay the foundation for verse after incredible verse. Don't bother downloading single tracks; Ali is incapable of filler music, and each one of these tracks is well worth the cost of the album.

Biography

Born: 1978 in Madison, WI

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Rapper Brother Ali spent much of his life living in various cities in the Upper Midwest, starting in Madison, Wisconsin, then moving to Michigan as a young child — where he was first introduced to breakdancing and graffiti and rapping — and finally settling in northern Minneapolis with his family when he was 15. Eventually, his demo tape Rites of Passage made it into the hands of the still young Rhymesayers crew, who signed the MC and brought him along with them to the 2000 Scribble Jam,...
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