You should have heard by now: Brother Ali’s got a new album out. It’s called “The Undisputed Truth” and it’s dope. I just got it in the mail and I’m looking forward to listening to it in full.
But this is not what I’m posting about here. This is about how Ali began putting out music to the public.
This joint was made by Ali himself in 1998. Self-produced, self-written, self-recorded, the whole works. Then, it got released on tape by Rhymesayers, his label, in 2000. And while the tapes have been long sold out, Ali re-issued his first album as a free bonus for all ordering the 2004 Champion EP. All of Ali’s work after his debut has since been produced by Ant, of Atmosphere fame. And each one is a cherished gem in my collection.
And here he is: Brother Ali, pure, straight up and uncut.
Brother Ali – Rites of Passage (1998)
Support the dude, he has a kid and bills to pay.
Off his latest album, here’s the “Uncle Sam Goddamn” video. It still blows me away after watching it over and over again.
“You don’t give money to the bums
on the corner with a sign, bleeding from the gums.
Talkin bout you don’t support a crackhead
what d’you think happens to the money from your taxes?
Shit the government’s an addict.
With a billion dollar a week kill brown people habit…”
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