It’s still quite odd to think an albino homeless man who ever have such a significant impact in the underground Hip-Hop world. Rhymesayers recording artist Brother Ali has faced the trials and tribulations of homelessness, violence, raising a son and many more, yet he continues to produce quality music which has been credited “unique” for a reason. Following the immense success of “The Undisputed Truth” which was quite easily my personal favourite album of 2007, and the new album “Us” has set expectations higher than ever before.
Brother Ali gives listeners a different type of rap. Thought provoking and conscious are words used far more often than required; however they fit perfectly to Ali’s music. Take a listen and you have to agree. Powered and influenced through politics, real-life and emotion, Brother Ali makes it incredibly hard for you NOT to listen and appreciate his music. He is one of the only two artists I have seen physically cry on stage to one of their own tracks, and if you can’t admire a man for that, you may as well give up now.
“Us” is the natural progression from “The Undisputed Truth” as Brother Ali aimed to grow spiritually and musically. I honestly thought this wasn’t possible, as Ali peaked during the last album, creating a close-to-perfect record for his following fans. The campaign was vigorous as always, and gave fans a good insight into what to expect. After listening to the live stream, and gaining hold of the physical copy, I have to honestly say I personally didn’t think it was good as “The Undisputed Truth”.
This is certainly not to say that the album is of fantastic quality. “Us” still offers a new perspective on Ali’s personal and methodical life. Tracks such as “Brothers and Sisters” give the spiritually uplifting vibe which we love Brother Ali for. And the likes of “House Keys” are ridiculously in-depth, and highlight Ali’s poetry and metaphorical talents. We even have an opposite side of Ali displayed on the album. “Bad Mufucker Pt2” was an interesting title, however enables Ali to flow to a different topic which is more common in the Hip-Hop world.
With such a strong following, and for good reason, I believe that both Brother Ali and his loyal band of followers will be more than delighted with the outcome of “Us”. With music that’s used from escape from the everyday life so many people come to hate and loathe, “Us” provides a shining light to encourage people to keep going. The durability is top, and “Us” will be rotated in years to come throughout CD players and iPods across the world. As always, I’d fully encourage for fans to buy the album and support the artist and indie record label, and look out in 2009 and 2010 for Brother Ali tours to support the release.