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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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  • 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: #95,790 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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Buy the album, listen to it, tell your friends.
"bigtobacco"
His flow is interesting, between battle rap and singing, and Ant's beats are always great, but on Ali's stuff they are more soulful than usual.
D. Ryan Mowry
The difference is that Brother Ali takes stories from his own personal life and this album is another chapter in that painful history.
Anthony D. West

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "bigtobacco" on 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 By NorthgateEmcee on 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 By Solution on 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 By DJ-H-OS on June 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
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 By fetish_2000 on April 3, 2007
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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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