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Tag Archives: Brother Ali
Here’s a joint from Brother Ali’s US. The visuals are clearly inspired by Kara Walker’s silhouette art. Not sure why this is appearing a year after the album dropped, but it may have to do something with Ali’s upcoming appearance … Continue reading
Rhymesayers road dog Brother Ali kicks off another North American tour next month in support of last year’s excellent US. L.A. upstart Fashawn lends support. Publicity stuff: This spring, acclaimed Minneapolis rapper Brother Ali will set out on his second … Continue reading
This year’s crop of hip hop albums was an improvement over last year. But it didn’t come from the artists expected to dominate. Around this time in 2008, everyone was buzzing about the “new school” of blog-hyped rappers. They injected … Continue reading
In September, Brother Ali kicks off a three-month, 50-date (!) tour in support of his soon-to-be-released Us. Joining him will be trusty sideman Toki Wright (who just released his debut A Different Mirror), DJ BK One (who has an album … Continue reading
From Brother Ali’s Us, out September 22 via Rhymesayers.
Brother Ali’s fourth album, Us, drops September 22 on Rhymesayers. As usual, ANT handles the production, while Joell Ortiz, Freeway, Chuck D. and Stokley Williams from Mint Condition make guest appearances. Here’s the press info: Brother Ali’s last album, the … Continue reading
New video from Brother Ali, from the recently released The Truth Is Here EP. YouTube – Brother Ali – Good Lord.
On March 10, Brother Ali returns with The Truth Is Here EP, his first package of new material since 2007’s acclaimed The Undisputed Truth. Set for release via Rhymesayers, it collects seven tracks and two B-sides (“Palm the Joker” and … Continue reading
Today, Brother Ali is going on a short tour around the East Coast along with his usual support crew, DJ BK-One and poet/MC/hypeman Toki Wright. Like every other non-conservative/right-wing person on the globe, the albino bomber was so gassed by … Continue reading
On the eve of Brother Ali’s cross-country “Truth is Here” tour, we revisit an unpublished interview with the Minneapolis MC from spring 2007. Continue reading
Brother Ali isn’t scheduled to release a new album this spring, but that isn’t keeping him from reclaiming the road. In February, he’ll travel the states again in support of last year’s acclaimed The Undisputed Truth. On this tour, the … Continue reading
El-P’s I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead landed first week sales of 11,000 upon its March 20 release, good for a number 78 showing. Brother Ali’s The Undisputed Truth also did well, moving 10,781 copies and hitting number 69 upon its April 10 release. Brother Ali’s success is even more surprising considering it got a fraction of the press attention afforded El-P’s opus. But hey, you can never discount those Rhymesayers fans.
"UH OH… THIS WASNT SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN," wrote El-P on his MySpace blog. "ISWYD has entered the BILLBOARD top one hundred at number 77. of all albums of all genres. something is happening out there."
Lots of heads hate on Rhymesayers. The backpacks, the earnest boom bap rhymes, the multicultural lineup … it’s all very oppressive. But you can’t knock their hustle. Over this decade, the Minneapolis crew built a reputation as indie-rap road warriors, carving out territory from major markets like New York City to small college towns like Humboldt, Calif. and Gainesville, Fla.
So it’s only natural that Brother Ali would set off his forthcoming album The Undisputed Truth with a huge 40+ date tour (following a warm up date at the Paid Dues Festival). After you purchase the album on April 10, you can go see the big man in the flesh alongside DJ BK One, with hot prospect Psalm One opening and Twin Cities hypeman Toki Wright hosting. Trama, Reef the Lost Cauze, One Be Lo and Boom Bap Project will join him in select cities. Tour dates are below.
A few days ago, a publicist who shall remain nameless joked to me that all Rhymesayers MCs sound the same. But of course that’s not true. Brother Ali, for example, can carry his own with just about any underground rapper out there. And yes, that may not be saying much to all y’all backpack haters/Lil Wayne dick riders. For those that appreciate the Minneapolis albino, however, prepare for his first new album in four years, and first release since 2004’s Champion EP.
The Undisputed Truth is set for a March 20 release on Rhymesayers. A particularly strong cut, "Original King," was posted on his MySpace page a few months ago. Unfortunately, it’s not on the promo version of the album.