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Champion Ep

Brother AliAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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For the first time in his life, Brother Ali has been enjoying some day-to-day stability. Gone is the turbulent marriage to his first wife, homelessness, and the associated drama—all of which Ali openly documented on his last LP, The Undisputed Truth.

His new album, Us, is a progression that will establish Brother Ali as one of Hip Hop’s most enduring figures. While ... Read more in Amazon's Brother Ali Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 11, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhymesayers
  • ASIN: B000284A1K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,591 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Champion [Remix]
2. Bad Ma Fucka
3. Sleepwalker
4. Love on Display
5. Self Taught
6. Heads Down (You Haven't Done That Yet)
7. Chain Link
8. Waheedah's Hands
9. Rain Water

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once Again! June 13, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I had the good fortune of picking up Brother Ali's previous release, Shadows on the Sun, during a trip to Minnesota last year and that thing stayed in my discman for months. This summer, I went back to Minnesota and found the Champion EP waiting for me at the Fifth Element. Bought it...and here it will stay in my CD player for many more months. 9 new tracks all worth hearing again and again....well worth the price.
Clever lyrics, catchy hooks, and great stories....but perhaps the single most compelling feature is the sincerity which Ali treats his audience to. After having listened to his albums so many times, I feel a little bit different about the world...outraged by the world's injustices, but encouraged by the power of ordinary people. Music for the mind and the soul.
Often underground/alternative hip hop that comes out seems a bit too fascinated by being smart and unconventional. Mainstream stuff seems totally devoid of originality and all too often unconcerned with the world. Ali seems to bridge both worlds....being smart, but doesn't let this get in the way of making music that makes you move. In fact, lots of the stuff that Rhymesayers Entertainment is putting out is great....but Ali is the King.
If any artist deserves your money, Brother Ali does. Raw talent and wit, made sharp by a life well lived. Buy the album, listen to it, tell your friends.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 and a half stars August 13, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This EP is fire from front to back. BA is my favorite emcee in the game today, his flow, delivery, and lyrical content really set him apart from other emcees, espescially on the underground. I for one live for this underground hip hop, but a lot of it tends to be redundant. Brother Ali has a style unlike any other emcee I have ever heard, and believe it or not, Ive done heard em all. The only reason this album doesnt get 5 stars is because of the length. I get sad everytime its over, and its over relatively quick. I cannot wait for his next full length release, because this album and shadows on the sun have me on the edge of my seat, waiting for more. Standout tracks include "self taught", "rain water", and "love on display". Those are my favorites at least, but all of them are fire, and any other person could pick out a totally different list. BA puts tons of emotion in this EP, and really defines himself as one of the most heartfelt artists in music today.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please Take A Moment And Listen To This Brother Preach October 13, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Brother Ali's EP Champion is that non stop boom bap sound that listeners have been longing for. Produced by Ant(Atmosphere) and executive produced by Slug(Atmosphere). Ali has a diverse background being of Muslim faith and being Albino(which Ali speaks about from time to time and the struggle of being a Muslim albino that he has had to face while growing up), only makes Ali's heartfelt lyrics a dominant force in hip hop. My favorite cut off this album would have to be "Rain Water" an ear filling track mixed with a little soul and hip hop and Ali speaking to listeners about going through life's everyday obstacles. Another great release off the Rhymesayers label and solidifying it's place among hip hop's finest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Follow up to Shadows on the Sun but not an official full length release. Ali is getting so nasty its going to be hard for the industry to keep ignoring him, nobody spits with the agressive intensity he displays on this album, maybe ISelfDevine from the Micranots but thats about it. Best tracks are Bad Ma F**ka, Sleepwalker, and Rain Water. RSE is the best label period everything they put out has been quality recently. Cant wait for the full length.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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A 40 minute EP, that has so many five-star reviews??...can this be right??.....judging by my own listen through of this tremendous EP, the reviews are spot-on. `Brother Ali' (a verbally hard-hitting devout practising Muslim), is armed with a collection of strong views on the worlds state of affairs, and his place in society in general, Forget Gangster posturing, or tales of getting paid and laid, or even dissing other rappers with amusing put-downs....what Brother Ali deals in, is the world around us, and our relatively low placing in amongst it. Everything taken into account, digested, examined, and outputted in a staggeringly complexity, and pinpoint articulation that seems beyond his years. All delivered with a self-awareness and compellingly assertive manner, that grips the attention, with his ability to crack open common conception/perception, and shine a spotlight on it, for all to see.

There's a strength in his conviction that makes for a thrilling listen, and if anyone is disenchanted with hip-hop's fascination with all things material, and that hip-hop hasn't had anything interesting to say for years. Then they could do well to give this disk a spin. Lyrically things are intense, confrontational and treading that fine line between slightly aggressive and mostly angry. But ironically on the flipside, it's impressively literate, and confident, and thinks with its mind, instead of its fists....with a deep understanding of the subject matter, and able to deliver in a way, that doesn't lump this in with hundreds of generic rappers, that think relentless rage, equals meaningful expression. (kind of like the Way "Public Enemy's - Chuck D", was aggressive, but in possession of the facts, and well-read, and thus made you think, about what he had to say...).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brother Ali
Brother Ali is unpretentious. He's your everyday guy rapper. He's produced by Ant, who seems to have a never-ending supply of formulaic, but enjoyable beats. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Bryce Norman
4.0 out of 5 stars Great again!
Brother Ali is one of the most talented emcees out there. It's amazing how much talent has been coming out of Minneapolis, and Brother Ali is one of the best. Read more
Published on April 24, 2011 by D. Ryan Mowry
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful indie-rap
I first got turned on to the Minneapolis rap scene after going with a friend from Minnesota to a Atmosphere concert. Read more
Published on February 7, 2011 by Anthony D. West
4.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the Shadows (4 stars)
This EP arrived shortly after Brother Ali's critically claimed sophomore album "Shadows On The Sun", which is personally one of my favorite hip-hop albums of all time. Read more
Published on April 6, 2009 by Alan Pounds
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy This CD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This CD is one of the best cd's you can spend your money on, the thing i like about it the most is that he is true and real, not like all the rappers around today that talk about... Read more
Published on October 7, 2005 by Joshua D. Ghiata
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm feeling this the most at the moment, REAL hip hop
This is an excellent album. Ali has some nice beats and rhymes real life, i respect him a lot. He keeps to the original basics of hip hop and uses his own style and content. Read more
Published on June 16, 2005 by Kd
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent.....
brother ali does it again. this EP is amazing. and yea....for all those who say stupid things like..."i like it, but it's too short.." a freaking EP!!! Read more
Published on February 7, 2005 by M. R. Sains
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
this CD is amazing. All though its short its worth buying. Brother Ali is one of the best rappers around today. Check out Shadows on the sun as well. Both cds are worth every penny
Published on January 29, 2005 by MK89
5.0 out of 5 stars CHAMPION
Published on July 21, 2004 by K. CLARK
4.0 out of 5 stars "thaz wut i'm talkin bout"
another classic cd a must have for all you rhymesayers Hip-Hop heads i got to give my respects to brother Ali cuz his style is original ass f?ck and he's D.T.E. Read more
Published on July 19, 2004 by R. Garcia
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