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Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color finds Brother Ali reborn and rejuvenated. On his fourth full length studio album Ali teams up with seasoned producer Jake One (50 Cent, De La Soul, T.I., Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa) to tell a very different American story as he addresses the plights of our nation. This is Brother Ali as you've never heard him before.


Custom CD packaging includes 80 panel fold out poster with original painted US flag artwork and lyrics.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 18, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhymesayers
  • ASIN: B008CVIR2C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,347 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Dear Amazon,

Thank you for allowing me to purchase the album from the big brother Ali. But why are you selling clean copies without clearly saying that the album is clean. I'm still going to play it at high volumes, but I would love to hear the album as it was recorded.
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If you're looking this up, I'm assuming that you already know who Brother Ali is and his style for music. I won't break this down track-by-track; I really believe that that wouldn't do this album justice. Maybe I'll edit this later and actually do a breakdown.

For those familiar with Brother Ali, you're aware that this is an album packed with a wealth of opinions. Not political or anything, for the opinions presented in this album can be understood by any person, not a label of Democrat of Republican. You know that voice that a lot of use wish would straight-up say what's going on in this mess of a world we live in? That voice is here, and it's called Brother Ali. It's not all gloomy...he presents it in a way that shows hope for the future through love. Short of describing it as the anger/hunger/love that Brother Ali is known for, I don't know the words to describe it.

Two tracks on this album really stand out to me and are the most powerful. They are as follows:

12 - All You Need --- A powerful song from Brother Ali to Faheem describing things that went on in his infant stage that we the listeners were never aware of. This song, in my opinion, is the most heartfelt song on the album. This song has the making of Brother Ali reaching a point of calm after the turmoil he's been through, and is singing his lullaby to Faheem. "Faheem we can see the thrown from here | I may never sit there, but brother you're the heir" Imagine the raw emotion from "Rain Water," "Here," "Babygirl," etc. This song is a very powerful song, and the chorus, in my opinion, helps it.

13 - My Beloved --- This is Brother Ali saying his thanks to the caring souls that have helped him out along his journey of healing himself and figuring things out.
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Effortless vocal ability with the production to match. Many artist today do not overstand the necessity of Hip Hop maintenance. Too many of them see it as a vehicle to make lots of money. A a culture has to be preserved. This brother and all in his circumference overstand this fact. Excellent work. Sometimes we don't even know these products exists because of the one sided music industry. Peace Troo Kula.
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Brother Ali is a breath of Fresh Air for older( original Hip Hoppers) from the lost art of conscious rap. Thanks Brother Ali we definately need more common sense music to oppose the radio nonsense I refuse to listen to....
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I love the way this vinyl looks! Beautiful translucent vinyls with one having red splatter and the other blue. It sounds amazing and comes with a huge poster that's really cool. Definitely suggest this album! Perfect flow that's almost gospel like and meaningful lyrics all along with beats that fit his style to the T. Only complaint is that the sleeves are horrible, but that's why I have replacement master sleeves for after I clean my vinyl.
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I have been a Brother Ali fan since way back from Shadows on the Sun, and Ali has always talked mixed personal with the political in his songs, but this one feels like his most personal to date. A lot of things have happened to Ali since releasing his previous album "Us." He raps frankly about his time on tour for that album, his ex-wife, his father's suicide, as well as fellow Rhymsayers MC Eyedea's death (and that's all just in one song). My only criticism of this album is that the beats and production are not as slick or "banger" as on "Us," but that seems appropriate considering the lyrical content. The other slight issue I have with this album is the personal content can almost make the listener uncomfortable, as if you are listening to a confession from a friend of things you might not want to hear. Not so much as on an album like Cage's "Depart from Me" (that album is a challenge to listen to), but it is still there. That does not stop it from being an enjoyable album, it is just something that someone who is not familiar with Ali might want to take into account. All in all a step forward in progression from an always reliable hip-hop artist. Also, not for nothing, but one of the best live performers in the game.
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I really appreciate the level of sincerity and heart that Brother Ali brings to his art. He never holds back the truth to spare anyone, whether it be his family, the state of this country, or his beliefs. I would love for every single American to hear "Letter to my Countrymen" instead of the junk that is spread to the masses. I know that many people cannot handle the level of thinking and integrity that Brother Ali has, but if we could get more people to listen to his words with an open mind, we would live in a better world.
In terms of music and catchiness, this is not his best album (I would still say The Undisputed Truth holds that title). Then again, Brother Ali is not setting out to make radio friendly music- he is making what he feels in his heart and that always deserves more than one listen. The more you listen to this album, the more it will grow on you. I love the first five tracks and "My Beloved" and there is still more that I have not listened to closely enough yet.
Support integrity in music- buy this album.
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