Category: Brother Ali

Brother Ali – Shadows on the Sun

ARTIST: Brother Ali            220px-Shadows_on_the_Sun

TITLE:  Shadows on the Sun

YEAR RELEASED: 2003

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: Room with a View, Champion

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Not really

LINEUP: Brother Ali, Ant

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: First wide-ish release by Twin Cities alternative rapper that gave notice that he was a force to be reckoned with in the underground community.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Brother Ali, an albino Muslim rapper from Minneapolis, is one of the most steadfast and focused of the alternative / underground hip hop community. This, his second album (and first that was really distributed), landed and created a buzz that continues to this day.

His rhymes and flow compel you to listen, and the beats and production by Ant are also compelling – there are hooks, great samples, and a tremendous blend of voice and beats. The content by Ali is about family, religion, injustice, and the power imbalance between the Government and the people in his community. It’s definitely a potent, powerful mix.

Ali also rhymes about privilege, male privilege especially. He’s angry, but hopeful. It’s a national debut that to this day is vital.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: He had a previous release, on cassette only, with very limited circulation.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.

 GRADE: A+: I can’t get enough of this.