Posts Tagged ‘Brother Ali’
You’re not using your heart for what hearts are for…
I’m honored to present “Own Light,” the theme song of my new album, “All The Beauty In This Whole Life.” Healthy hearts house the light that animates all that we are and everything we do. The light in our hearts is what allows us to hear, heal and be whole. No matter how they repackage their dreary fearfulness, they’ll never plant that flag over here. I’m using my heart for, what hearts are for.
– Brother Ali
This is more than music to me. This is ancestors speaking through me…
– Brother Ali
Dope all around! Straight heat for the straight shoot. One cam on one man. A short ‘walk’ down a short hallway, and it’s over. And you find yourself hitting play on this “Pen To Paper” video again (and again).
It’s been a long enough ninute since we’ve heard from Brother Ali. But it is always worth the wait when he comes back, right? Okay then. Brace yourselves: There’s an album entitled “All The Beauty In This Whole Life” on the way. Brace yourselves again: It doesn’t drop until May 5th.
Hang in there though.
This is so dope!!! Part of what we love to do here is bring you coolness that just does not get to see the light of day elsewhere…but should.
5th Grade Students from Denver, CO interview Brother Ali to discuss names and their importance to the individual.
– Paul Clifton
This Google Hangout interview features Mr. Clifton’s students asking questions to guide informative discussion that enriched the speaker and the audience. Ali thanked the kids for teaching him as he was signing off. In the beginning Ali was asked, “What kind of person are you?”
Ali answered, “Well, I try to be a good person… [v]ery connected to The Creator, to myself, and to my heart and other people, and to my community.”
(Note that he did NOT reply ‘the dopest emcee’ – or anything me-me-ME centered – Brother Ali showed up and showed respect and love to those children and they showed it right back. Hip-Hop is the culture. Ali is an example of how we’d love those in the Nation to live – reaching, teaching, uplifting youth… partnering with others (i.e. Mr. Clifton)… giving of self and offering to do it again and again when called up… with a spirit of thankfulness.)
In a word: DOPE!
Brother Ali keeps keeping it real. ‘How absurd is this… How is it so many poor people Conservative?’ Good point. Lots of hot lines in the thoughtful lyrics in “Work Everyday” by Brother Ali. Check out the video above. Get the full Brother Ali album (via link in an earlier post) below.
It takes a ‘Nation Of Millions’ to hold back one of the greatest & most important rap groups in history from dropping that “REAL” socially relevant hip hop. The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductees Public Enemy led by Chuck D drop off a brand new video for “Get Up Stand Up” featuring the Minneapolis emcee Brother Ali. The song appears on their ‘Evil Vs. Heroes’ album that’s currently available.
‘…the most entertaining and interesting interviews I’ve ever had [were] with the one and only Nardwuar.’
– Brother Ali
Suffice it to say, Brother Ali is a Nardwuar fan. I’m sure the feeling is mutual. But Ali took his admiration up a notch… stepping into the booth and putting down a track inspired by Hip-Hop’s super-nerd media journalist. Good stuff. Listen to “Nardwuar” (the Brother Ali song) below.
Brother Ali runs yet another Jake One track off the forthcoming “Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color” album (due out September 18, 2012)! Check out the dope video for “Only Life I Know” (directed by Dave Wilson). We have posted the pre-order link for the album here.
“This is the title track to my new album, Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color. The first half of the album highlights and critiques the dire situation in which we live. The second half outlines the tremendous opportunity we have to re-imagine and reform our society. This song is an observation and a critique of our culture of death and murder. From actual war zones around the world to our own inner cities where this summer’s death rates rival war zones. I also address our national hypocrisy regarding violence. We have a zero tolerance policy of violence committed against us, but we’re a lot more lenient and patient when it comes to the violence we commit. “A life is a life and a killer is a killer”. –Brother Ali
Off the “Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color” album (link for pre-order here; due out September 18, 2012), Brother Ali leaks “Mourning in America” (produced by Jake One). You can buy a digital copy of this single now from iTunes via the link provided here. Also, we posted a link for pre-ordering the album in a “Behind the Scenes” article here.
This “Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color” video vignette is such an awesome piece! Check out Brother Ali as he shares a piece of himself – coping with loss (of his friend, Eyedea, and his father), getting back to his foundations, and coming back renewed. This video should actually speak to us all on a personal level. It did to me. I am looking forward to the full-length “Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color” (produced by Jake One). Scheduled for release on August 21, 2012, it can be pre-ordered here.
New joint from Rhymesayers emcee Brother Ali produced by Jake One off of the Minneapolis emcee’s upcoming album Mourning In America & Dreaming In Color. Pretty dope jam from one very slept on emcee from Minnesota and Seattle producer.