If Brother Ali isn’t mentioned in a list of top-whatever rappers today, disregard the source. The dude is raw, no two ways about it. If you play basketball, you know that once you step on the court it’s go time. We’ve all seen that dude get out there who dribbles like he’s got no thumbs…stumbling and fucking the entire flow up. I feel that way about hip hop. Some people just got it. And Ali, he’s simply got it.
His records pulse with soul of vintage hip hop. His pedigree is that of the working class midwest and his Rhymesayers roster is a testament to artists who know what it means to grind. Single after single, record after record, there’s been nothing but consistent output from Ali and his camp. If you’re looking for a place to start, check out his LP, Shadows on the Sun. Keep your eyes peeled for Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color this summer.