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One of the underground's most consistently dope voices, Minneapolis emcee Brother Ali has been churning out higher-level hip-hop since 2000, when he debuted with the small-run Rites of Passage. Three years later, Shadows on the Sun appeared; he's been a mainstay on the global indie-rap scene ever since, renowned for his personal yet relatable lyricism, energetic delivery, and rambunctious live shows. Mourning in America... is his fifth full-length, which picks up where his recent EP The Bite Marked Heart left off. The title track dives into war's grim realities, with lines like "See the anguish of the parents/when they carrying the body of a baby that they cherish/when innocent people perish/it's a very thin line between a soldier and a terrorist." He explores the struggle of the working class on the soulful "Work Everyday," while "Say Amen" attacks wack rappers on both sides of the fence, over seriously raucous wah-wah guitars and thunderous live drums. Jake One's production is dope throughout, providing an unpredictable but always on-point backdrop to Ali's quality wordplay. Other standouts include "Namesake" and "Singing in Song."

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Brother Ali continues to get better and better with each release. One of the rare breed of artists who isn't afraid to grow and mature as he gains wisdom in his travels. This is 100% passionate, pure, HipHop love.


I expected a classic and was granted a masterpiece!!! Top to bottom, a great body of work with absolutely no flaws at all!!!

It's Good not Great

Brother Ali is lyrically on point on this record. Where the album falls short is the production. Jake One is attempting to do what Ant has been doing for the past ten years, which is bend his production style to the voice of Ali. Unfortunately, he goes to grand for his own good, and doesn't bring in the good old kicks and snares.

Yes, I shouldn't be expecting the same old ish, but each previous Ali studio album has had it's own sound to accompany the message of the lyrics. Yes, the album sounds different, but that doesn't mean it's amazing. I'm a hardcore Ali fan, I love all his work, but this album didn't do it as much for me as his previous records. There are some standout tracks, and the double LP style of the album is very welcoming, but as a whole, this record didn't flow for me.


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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