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Brother Ali Audio CD
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For the first time in his life, Brother Ali has been enjoying some day-to-day stability. Gone is the turbulent marriage to his first wife, homelessness, and the associated drama—all of which Ali openly documented on his last LP, The Undisputed Truth.

His new album, Us, is a progression that will establish Brother Ali as one of Hip Hop’s most enduring figures. While ... Read more in Amazon's Brother Ali Store

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  • Audio CD (21 Sep 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhymesayers Entertainment
  • ASIN: B002IN81MG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,755 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  6. Tight Rope 3:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Breakin' Dawn 4:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Travelers 5:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Babygirl 4:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. 'Round Here 3:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Bad Mufucker Pt. II 3:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Best@it 4:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Games 3:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Slippin' Away 4:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. You Say (Puppy Love) 4:170.99  Buy MP3 
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BBC Review

Brother Ali has never been one for following convention. A large, albino, born-again Muslim who was both a father and divorced at a young age, his elemental brand of blue-collar hip hop sprung up from left field when his Shadows on the Sun album broke him as an underground artist in 2003.

Follow-up The Undisputed Truth, released in 2007, had its highlights but wasn’t the same sound of an alarm waking the listener from their slumber. Us, as the title suggests, finds Ali, born Jason Newman, clinging to the community-minded values that made him. There are more tales of being unlucky in love, religion and living in poverty. He could be accused of ticking hip hop’s cliché checklist, if he weren’t an eyewitness.

Relying on Ant – one half of indie-hop kingpins Atmosphere – for his production once again, there was a danger Us might sound too familiar or derivative but, as it opens with the gospel-tinged Brothers and Sisters, he dodges that bullet. The album continues apace as Ant combines his trademark snapping snare drums with rousing electric guitar loops and a brass section on The Preacher, before the tide ebbs away for Crown Jewel and its lazy, lolloping rhythm.

All artists mellow as they get older and Ali is no exception: he deserves praise for not feigning directionless anger, but there’s no denying that a criticism that can be levelled at Us is that, for anyone familiar with his earlier albums or bounding live show, there’s nothing to make the listener’s blood rush and no lyrics that punch themselves across your frontal lobe like it was a typewriter ribbon. It’s hard to think of another underground rapper who could take a twanging, southern-fried ballad like Breakin’ Dawn and make it sound strictly hip hop, but it comes at the expense of the shock and awe he’s capable of delivering like a right cross.

Us has enough world-weary wisdom to impress anyone who lends him their ears, but Ali’s partly fallen into a trap he dug himself and needs to rekindle the fire in his belly if he’s to get out. --Alistair Lawrence

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5.0 out of 5 stars Experience man love! 12 April 2013
By porky
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I'm not one for being amazed, but i just cant stop listening, humming, tapping my foot to this. Please come to the UK!!!! Hip hop has a bad name in my opinion. Although, some nasty hip hop is brilliant, i had never really heard any positive, happy, uplifting rhyming before. I'm not the most adventurous musical explorer to be fair, so maybe im missing more love. I have to say, hands down, my new favourite new music artist. I normally only listen to classical music, but a friend from work showed me brother ali on minnesota (amazon, let us spell check!) radio doing tightrope live and i was an instant convert. A truly amazing artist. If i saw him in the street i would want to hug him, but probably wouldnt have the chutspa.
My new favourite rapper.
Piece out........... or is it peace? Man im so uncool!
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5.0 out of 5 stars There's no me and no you, it's just us. 12 May 2012
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I caught Brother Ali at XOYO on May 10th 2012 and he is beyond phenomenal! When it came to "US" the crowd went nuts reciting along, this is a hip-hop album you shouldn't be without (though the same can be said for his entire catalouge).

A great story-teller, Ali is authentic and has the ability to diversify his sound and stay true. It would only be too easy for a man of his lyrical stature to release albums that all sounded the same or jumped on a bandwagon; he has the ability to produce a body of work that makes you bob your head, makes you think, uplifts, and has you bawling your eyes out. There is no other!

Right now I'm looking forward to "Mourning in America & Dreaming in Colour", he gave us a taste at the gig and I tell you now...it does not disappoint.

Peace
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You just gotta appreciate Brother Ali on so many different levels, but this is about US. From the intro, you just know that the album is gona be deep and nowhere as superficial as what is being put out nowadays. Brother Ali is one of the most underrated story tellers and he showcases this on US with tracks like tight rope and the travelers. You gotta listen to some of these tracks twice just to fully appreciate what Ali is tryna do, with Travelers, Ali gives us a history of what went on on them slave ships and with tight rope, he delves into the lives of three separate characters dealing with some issues. And fresh air just gets you head nodding, simple track but such a feel good song and you kinda feel happy for Ali. And then there is the "Crown Jewel" of the album.
The album has over 15 tracks and you gona appreciate something about almost each and every track, the beats are serious and creative and Ali comes off correct with his lyrics as usual so, all in all, this is a great album. You will probably have to listen to it the second time to fully appreciate it or maybe not, you might get it the first time.

Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars They've done it again! 3 Oct 2009
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Again Brother Ali and producer Ant have teamed up to create yet another masterpiece. In my opinion this is his best album so far, and they've all been classics! Great, fresh, original beats and amazing lyrics about important topics! Real hip hop will never die as long as artists like this are here to carry the torch!

5 stars, no question about it. Buy this album and support the artist, Don't download it it's money well spent!
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  17 reviews
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Representing the Real.... 23 Sep 2009
By M. R. Kleinschmidt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I will say it again and again.... Brother Ali is in his own realm of MC'ing. His first album "Shadows of the Sun" shows his abilities as an MC with his smooth poetic flows. The "Undisputed Truth", Ali's sophmore album boasted his lyrical abilities once again but it also reflected his maturity as an MC.

"US" is an album that blew me away. He is a "Warrior for Peace" or a "Soldier for Unity" and he describes that in his songs on this album whether it be about slavery, rape, homosexuality or growing up as a kid. He is able to paint the picture so well that it sends me shivers. I don't care what the VMA's said, this by far is the best album to come out this year and I challenge you to listen to any other album this year and try to compare it to Ali. Hip-Hop heads want the "real", they want the "truth" and this provides it. This is something that Hip-Hop is missing too much of these days. Please, please, please pick up this album. It seems many people have been having problems with the digital album online so go out to the store and pick it up..

This is the Midwest (MPLS) representing right here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute master... 15 Dec 2009
By Matthew L. Dillard - Published on Amazon.com
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Brother Ali is one of the illest emcees alive right now. This third LP (if you missed out on the first LP, Shadows on the Sun, its classic) brings every bit of amazing lyrics, energy, and dope beats that you can ask for on a hip hop album.

Beyond that, the way the Brother can tell stories of life and hardships without sacrificing rhyme schemes, word play, or masterful flow is very hard to find. Songs like "Games", "The Travelers", "Tight Rope", and "Baby Girl" amongst others are great examples of this. Then there are the tracks where he flat out rips the mic like "Best@it" and "Round Here".

If you are already a fan of Brother Ali, you will no doubt love this album. If you havent heard any of his music, but love midwest cats like Elzhi, Lupe, and Royce, you will most likely enjoy this album. If you dont know who any of those people are (besides Lupe I guess cause hes kinda blown up a little bit), wake up and go get some real hip hop. If you don't like those cats or Brother Ali, then you probably wont like this album, simple enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ALI and ANT do it again. 2 Oct 2009
By bembridge - Published on Amazon.com
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I had been looking forward to the release of this album for a while i am happy its finally here. The 'Rope a Dope' mix tape and the 'Truth is here EP' were excellent and 'us' is a masterpiece. Ali really bears his soul on this one and lets the listener know who he is, where he's coming from and how his journey through life has shaped his outlook. Ali's words and delivery are definately inspired and he covers a wide range of topics, as only he can. Whether the songs are the hard hitting and somewhat boastful tales of being a bad Mutha!@#$ growing up in MN or tear jerking tales of the middle passage and the terrible legacy it has left us with, he doesn't miss a step. ANT's beats, as usual are great. i almost feel like given the quality of ANT'S huge volume of work with both ALI and SLUG that this goes without saying. So yeah, pick up the album and make sure you catch the tour when it comes to your town.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Its Ali and Ant 30 May 2010
By Alex Hampton - Published on Amazon.com
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I couldn't believe this album only had 11 reviews on amazon 9 months after it's release so I figured I may as well put my two cents in. It's Brother Ali. One of the most heart on the sleeve spitters around. Live show is a beast. Records are dope. He managed to set an incredibly hard bar to pass for himself after album 2 (shadow on the sun) and album (ep) 3, Champion EP. Those are two of the dopest albums in modern day hip hop. But after what I personally considered a let down with The Undisputed Truth (doesn't past the most important test of repeated listenings followed by being sheleved for a bit then repeatedly listened to again, most important test kiddos) he came through on this album and showed his versatility with topics and styles and laid it down. And of course ant came through and did his thing which he is experimenting with a little bit but thats cool. Artists should do that. I'm rambling but seriously, the story telling of the travelers and breakin dawn, and us, amazing. The holy **** of tight rope.. man, a hip hop artist being that real? amazing. and the braggadocio of Best @ it? he makes freeway and everyones popular current punchline king joell ortiz sound down right elementary. RIPS IT! seriously, it's ali, buy the album, he deserves your money and go see his live show cause it is a part
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "babygirl" is a whole other level 18 Feb 2013
By ECL - Published on Amazon.com
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the song "babygirl" has taken my dance to a whole other level of integration between art and love.

i can't even come up with WORDS to talk about how intense and radical that song is. ali is his own thing. they're gonna try and take him down so support him best you can. he's gonna need it during the dark times because he's dangerous. he's dangerous to the status quo. EVERYTHING. that's why he's so beautiful and necessary.

i don't know what ali is doing yet. he doesn't, either. he's just guided and GOING.

but this is the good stuff you usually hear about after it's over--if you're LUCKY.

i think he has no color because when they made him, they wanted him to be translucent and crystal clear like glass so you could immediately see and hear into his heart and everything he says and is about. he's a screen for a new vision, and also a reflective mirror to us. there's no time in this busy world, so there can be no impediments to HEAR what he's preaching, saying, singing, screaming, cooing.

i'm so glad he exists. he's important. he's naked. he's CHANNELING. he's a visionary.

he's what art, life, and fight was supposed to be about. going into the madness of the abyss, the darkness, and coming out with the bouquet of flowers.

he's got the swagger of real alpha dog vulnerability. and YEAH, he IS sexy as hell. they don't make alpha dogs like him anymore. or at least it didn't SEEM so.

glad he had kids. your kids will be glad, too. this is a long, long game.

--erika lopez
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