Us is a studio album by American rapper Brother Ali. It was released on Rhymesayers Entertainment on September 22, 2009.
These are some of the ways Brother Ali focuses his storytelling talents on Us, and I just wanted to mention that as soon as possible because some people may prefer an advance warning when a rap album is filled with what is perceived as moralistic sermonizing. But this isn't "moralistic sermonizing" where Brother Ali is concerned- it's displays of a humane, often-troubled conscience.
Us (Brother Ali album). Us is a studio album by American rapper Brother Ali. The album is produced entirely by An. .
Ali is, above all, a storyteller, hell-bent on making his characters as believable as possible, and he does so with an amazing amount of empathy. While there is an unfortunate hypocrisy in the hip-hop world to speak of freedom and equality while also ignoring or perpetuating other stereotypes and intolerances, Ali is unafraid to defend all marginalized groups.
More albums from Brother Ali: The Truth Is Here by Brother Ali. The Undisputed Truth by Brother Ali. Shadows On The Sun by Brother Ali. Rites Of Passage by Brother Ali. Mourning In America And Dreaming In Color by Brother Ali. All The Beauty In This Whole Life by Brother Ali. View all albums . Us.
Brother Ali - Us (Image courtesy of Rhymesayers). Over the past two years, Brother Ali's name and image has become synonymous with Twin Cities hip hop. An early member of the Rhymesayers crew, Ali's first albums went relatively unnoticed outside the Midwest indie hip hop world. On his debut self produced cassette release, Rites Of Passage, Ali laid the groundwork for themes that have persisted through his career - the anger, pain, and politics of his life as a human born different. The album moves from themes of his recent success to stories of domestic abuse and poverty to the uplifting title track at the very end of the album. Beyond the lyrics, this is Brother Ali's most organic album, full of live drums, guitars and organ riffs interweaved with samples and electronic beats. Sonically this is his best album to date. Us is out on Rhymesayers and in stores now.
Where Brother Ali’s previous albums delved deep into his life story, Us describes life through the experiences of surrounding characters. To do that right, the songwriter needs a limitless well of empathy and generosity, which Brother Ali possesses. Babygirl looks at a girlfriend who is still struggling against the aftershocks of childhood abuse. The album’s boldest work is The Travelers, which envisions the horror of the Middle Passage. At first the songs seems overly ambitious, but by the end the listener realizes that Ali is pushing the envelope in an attempt to push the listener towards a place of compassion.
Brother Ali – Us. Label: Rhymesayers Entertainment – RSE0113-1. Country: US. Released: 30 Oct 2009. Anyone looking to part with their vinyl copy of this album? I've been looking for it for ages. Reply Notify me Helpful.
Emotionally complex but bristling with prickly bluster, Us makes Brother Ali sound at times like he’s revealing more than he means to, the pairing of internal conflicts with I’m a bad motherfucker posturing functioning as cause-and-effect dialogue. One seems to grow out of the other, roiling pain that results in vain, callow self-affirmations. Inspired by an interview in which Jean-Michel Basquiat refused to divulge the source of his rage, BASQUIAT attests to the power of a not allowing other people to regard your anger as a spectacle.
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Sitar, Backing Vocals
Joe "Mabbs" Mabbott*
Guitar, Guitar [Slide], Banjo
Horns, Strings, Other [Charts]
Keyboards, Piano, Organ, Talkbox
Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Organ
John "Muad'dib" Harrison*,
Released in a three panels gatefold.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Matrix / Runout: >RSE1132 B9901B
Mastering SID Code: IFPI L532
Mould SID Code: IFPI 9217
Us (2xLP, Album, Ltd, Whi)
Performer:Brother Ali Genre: Hip hop Title: Us Country: US Released: 2009 Style: Conscious MP3 version ZIP size: 1581 mb FLAC version RAR size: 1304 mb Rating: 4.9 Votes: 263 Other Formats: DMF VOX MMF MP2 AIFF XM MP1