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Brother Ali – Mourning In America and Dreaming In Color
Brother Ali – New Album “Mourning In America and Dreaming In Color”. Brother Ali is a White Albino Muslim from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Influenced by KRS-One, Rakim and Malcolm X. Conscious Music.
He’s signed to Rhymesayers Entertainment. He’s been speaking real conscious music for years.
Brother Ali has twice been featured in the hip-hop magazine The Source, first in August 2007, when the “Hip Hop Quotable” was from a verse in “Uncle Sam Goddamn”, and second in October 2007, when he was interviewed. In May 2007, he was featured in Rolling Stone as a “New Artist to Watch”. Brother Ali’s personal struggle with race issues, his politics and his music are discussed in the 2011 book “From Jim Crow to Jay-Z: Race, Rap and the Performance of Masculinity”.
On August 13, 2007, Brother Ali appeared on The Late Late Show and performed his single “Uncle Sam Goddamn” from The Undisputed Truth. On October 19, 2007, Ali appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and performed “Take Me Home” from The Undisputed Truth. On December 16, 2009 Ali appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and was featured with late night band The Roots. In 2012, he was on Al-Jazeera
Brother Ali has said many times in interviews that he finds much of his inspiration in the late 1980s rappers of the golden age of hip hop, especially KRS-One and Rakim.
In an interview in early 2007, Ali responded to a question about the response to his and his label’s music and the current music industry:
He has, however, spoken against coastal beef and the mainstream vs. underground divide in hip-hop, claiming that worthwhile rap music is made by many rappers from across the spectrum, and expressing fandom and appreciation for “mainstream” artists such as Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, T.I. and 50 Cent, as well as respected artists who are more associated with the underground or the purist tradition, such as Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Aesop Rock, Lupe Fiasco, Jay Electronica, and his friends and frequent collaborators Murs and Joell Ortiz. Among his personal favorites are several rappers who are less acclaimed by the traditional rap purist canon, such as WC, Joe Budden, Chubb Rock and Paris.
“Uncle Sam Goddamn” Controversy:
Main article: Uncle Sam Goddamn
Brother Ali has been under pressure from the recording industry due to lyrics from his song “Uncle Sam Goddamn”, claiming creative interference from “somebody I don’t wanna name, but some of you probably has their cell phones.” The unnamed corporation ultimately withdrew its sponsorship of Ali, causing him to truncate parts of his 2007 tour. Furthermore, on the song “Second Time Around” with Benzi and Wale, Ali makes references to being kicked off a tour followed by the line “Verizon dissed me too, cuz I was too political.” The song is notably critical of the United States government, with accusations that the political system is addicted to war.