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Where Brother Ali’s previous albums delved deep into his life story, Us describes life through the experiences of surrounding characters. To do that right, the songwriter needs a limitless well of empathy and generosity, which Brother Ali possesses. “Babygirl” looks at a girlfriend who is still struggling against the aftershocks of childhood abuse. Not only does Ali describe her pain, but also the effect it has on him: “How can she find peace in her mind when / Love means returning to the scene of a crime? / I can feel it inside we've reopened wounds every time we intertwine.” The album’s boldest work is “The Travelers,” which envisions the horror of the Middle Passage. At first the songs seems overly ambitious, but by the end the listener realizes that Ali is pushing the envelope in an attempt to push the listener towards a place of compassion. Bolstered by a series of organic, funk-infused beats (courtesy of Atmosphere producer Ant), Us proves that when it comes to sharpening and articulating messages of love and empathy, Brother Ali is the hardest working artist in rap music.

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Brother Ali has done it again.

once upon a time, a brilliant up and comer released the rites of passage ep. two classic lps and two genius eps later, he comes to bring us, "us". this is his most mature work, by far, and ant's production exceeds that on the Brother's previous albums. Brother Ali set huge standards for himself with the last two records. He has easily outdone himself with this. in this. now.

Support the musicians you like!

I read the reviews -- thought about not buying it -- than thought, "This is Brother Ali we're talking about". Of course I bought the album because Brother Ali is a breath of fresh air in a Hip Hop market that has gotten pretty stale over the years. I'm glad I'm putting money into this mans pocket and that I can contribute to making him "A Happy Brother Ali".

keep bringing It

Another solid album from Ali definetly worth the buy.
Even better are the beats ANT is soo buttery smooth its sick! best hiphop producer out there


Born: July 30, 1977 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, at which...
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