Pre-order Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color today from Fifth Element.
The new album produced entirely by Jake One hits stores on September 18th.
Brother Ali is a phenomenal rapper from Minneapolis signed to one of my favourite record labels, Rhymesayers. He’s part of the movement of ‘conscious rap’ emcees, at least in my mind, which tend to characterize Rhymesayers. His wordplay, especially on his most recent single ‘Mourning in America’, is deft and compelling, and his voice complements his often edgy production, with a sound not unlike Ghostface Killah and Action Bronson.
His latest full-length effort was released this-morning, and is definitely worth your attention. The official video for the title track and his first single is a visually-compelling narrative about conflict and opportunity which is worth your attention.
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