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With over 60,000 units sold of his 2007 critically acclaimed album The Undisputed Truth, Brother Ali returns with Us. As with his previous releases, Ali¹s musical landscape has been created by Atmosphere beatsmith, Ant. Staying true to their soul and blues influence they¹ve become known for, Us takes on a more lush and dense sonic quality with the duo's incorporation of live instrumentation. With guest appearances by Chuck D, Freeway, Joell Ortiz and Stokley Williams of Mint Condition, Brother Ali and Ant have once again crafted a beautifully intelligent and entertaining album for all of Us.

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  • Audio CD (September 22, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhymesayers
  • ASIN: B002IN81MG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,373 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. R. Kleinschmidt on September 23, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I will say it again and again.... Brother Ali is in his own realm of MC'ing. His first album "Shadows of the Sun" shows his abilities as an MC with his smooth poetic flows. The "Undisputed Truth", Ali's sophmore album boasted his lyrical abilities once again but it also reflected his maturity as an MC.

"US" is an album that blew me away. He is a "Warrior for Peace" or a "Soldier for Unity" and he describes that in his songs on this album whether it be about slavery, rape, homosexuality or growing up as a kid. He is able to paint the picture so well that it sends me shivers. I don't care what the VMA's said, this by far is the best album to come out this year and I challenge you to listen to any other album this year and try to compare it to Ali. Hip-Hop heads want the "real", they want the "truth" and this provides it. This is something that Hip-Hop is missing too much of these days. Please, please, please pick up this album. It seems many people have been having problems with the digital album online so go out to the store and pick it up..

This is the Midwest (MPLS) representing right here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew L. Dillard on December 15, 2009
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Brother Ali is one of the illest emcees alive right now. This third LP (if you missed out on the first LP, Shadows on the Sun, its classic) brings every bit of amazing lyrics, energy, and dope beats that you can ask for on a hip hop album.

Beyond that, the way the Brother can tell stories of life and hardships without sacrificing rhyme schemes, word play, or masterful flow is very hard to find. Songs like "Games", "The Travelers", "Tight Rope", and "Baby Girl" amongst others are great examples of this. Then there are the tracks where he flat out rips the mic like "Best@it" and "Round Here".

If you are already a fan of Brother Ali, you will no doubt love this album. If you havent heard any of his music, but love midwest cats like Elzhi, Lupe, and Royce, you will most likely enjoy this album. If you dont know who any of those people are (besides Lupe I guess cause hes kinda blown up a little bit), wake up and go get some real hip hop. If you don't like those cats or Brother Ali, then you probably wont like this album, simple enough.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bembridge on October 1, 2009
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I had been looking forward to the release of this album for a while i am happy its finally here. The 'Rope a Dope' mix tape and the 'Truth is here EP' were excellent and 'us' is a masterpiece. Ali really bears his soul on this one and lets the listener know who he is, where he's coming from and how his journey through life has shaped his outlook. Ali's words and delivery are definately inspired and he covers a wide range of topics, as only he can. Whether the songs are the hard hitting and somewhat boastful tales of being a bad Mutha!@#$ growing up in MN or tear jerking tales of the middle passage and the terrible legacy it has left us with, he doesn't miss a step. ANT's beats, as usual are great. i almost feel like given the quality of ANT'S huge volume of work with both ALI and SLUG that this goes without saying. So yeah, pick up the album and make sure you catch the tour when it comes to your town.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alex Hampton on May 29, 2010
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I couldn't believe this album only had 11 reviews on amazon 9 months after it's release so I figured I may as well put my two cents in. It's Brother Ali. One of the most heart on the sleeve spitters around. Live show is a beast. Records are dope. He managed to set an incredibly hard bar to pass for himself after album 2 (shadow on the sun) and album (ep) 3, Champion EP. Those are two of the dopest albums in modern day hip hop. But after what I personally considered a let down with The Undisputed Truth (doesn't past the most important test of repeated listenings followed by being sheleved for a bit then repeatedly listened to again, most important test kiddos) he came through on this album and showed his versatility with topics and styles and laid it down. And of course ant came through and did his thing which he is experimenting with a little bit but thats cool. Artists should do that. I'm rambling but seriously, the story telling of the travelers and breakin dawn, and us, amazing. The holy **** of tight rope.. man, a hip hop artist being that real? amazing. and the braggadocio of Best @ it? he makes freeway and everyones popular current punchline king joell ortiz sound down right elementary. RIPS IT! seriously, it's ali, buy the album, he deserves your money and go see his live show cause it is a part
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By TD186 on September 16, 2011
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Brother Ali is about as good as it gets. Crazy talent. Never has a hip-hop artist put so much emotion and truth into his work. Some "hard" to listen to songs, cause the world is a hard place to live. This cd is about so much more than bangin, selling drugs, and carryin a piece. Can't stop listening to this thing. Oh, and do yourself a favor and buy The Undisputed Truth and Shadows on the Sun too, sooner the better. You WON'T regret it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ECL on February 18, 2013
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the song "babygirl" has taken my dance to a whole other level of integration between art and love.

i can't even come up with WORDS to talk about how intense and radical that song is. ali is his own thing. they're gonna try and take him down so support him best you can. he's gonna need it during the dark times because he's dangerous. he's dangerous to the status quo. EVERYTHING. that's why he's so beautiful and necessary.

i don't know what ali is doing yet. he doesn't, either. he's just guided and GOING.

but this is the good stuff you usually hear about after it's over--if you're LUCKY.

i think he has no color because when they made him, they wanted him to be translucent and crystal clear like glass so you could immediately see and hear into his heart and everything he says and is about. he's a screen for a new vision, and also a reflective mirror to us. there's no time in this busy world, so there can be no impediments to HEAR what he's preaching, saying, singing, screaming, cooing.

i'm so glad he exists. he's important. he's naked. he's CHANNELING. he's a visionary.

he's what art, life, and fight was supposed to be about. going into the madness of the abyss, the darkness, and coming out with the bouquet of flowers.

he's got the swagger of real alpha dog vulnerability. and YEAH, he IS sexy as hell. they don't make alpha dogs like him anymore. or at least it didn't SEEM so.

glad he had kids. your kids will be glad, too. this is a long, long game.

--erika lopez
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