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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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  • Audio CD (September 22, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhymesayers
  • ASIN: B002IN81MG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,685 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Brothers & Sisters (feat. Chuck D & Stokley Williams)
2. The Preacher
3. Crown Jewel
4. House Keys
5. Fresh Air
6. Tight Rope
7. Breakin' Dawn
8. The Travelers
9. Babygirl
10. Round Here
11. Bad Mufucker Pt. II
12. Best@It (feat. Freeway & Joell Ortiz)
13. Games
14. Slippin' Away
15. You Say (Puppy Love)
16. Us (feat. Stokley Williams)

Editorial Reviews

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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Representing the Real.... 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
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute master... 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
5.0 out of 5 stars ALI and ANT do it again. October 1, 2009
Format:Audio CD
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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Its Ali and Ant May 29, 2010
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece from the master. March 16, 2014
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If you've never listened to Brother Ali, but like underground hip hop you know what to do. Do it. Now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "babygirl" is a whole other level February 18, 2013
By ECL
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Brother Ali
loved this album from Brother Ali, one of my favorite albums. I am very happy that i purchased this album
Published 15 months ago by Luis
5.0 out of 5 stars thebest@it
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. Read more
Published on September 16, 2011 by TD186
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album...
Who would have thought Minnesota would be a hot bed for some of the best Rap in the world. With Unknown Prophets, Slug, and Brother Ali it has to be up there. Read more
Published on November 3, 2009 by C. STEIN
3.0 out of 5 stars I had high hopes for this...
CD and I'm disapointed. The EP got me thirsty for Ali's new album but when I listened I didn't like it. Read more
Published on October 19, 2009 by The writer
5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic
If you know anything about Brother Ali then you will not be disappointed. He comes correct as usual, and Ant provides him with an amazing backdrop played by a live band. Read more
Published on October 17, 2009 by Brendan J. Steppke
5.0 out of 5 stars "There's no me and no you, it's just Us.."
Wow.. I got this cd the day it came out and all I can say is WOW.. I've been listening to it non-stop since then.. Read more
Published on September 28, 2009 by Patricio Parrales
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Hip Hop Album of 2009!
I usually don't like writing reviews but the current rating on Amazon does not do this album justice. Read more
Published on September 25, 2009 by Eric Chan
4.0 out of 5 stars More of what you've been looking for.
If you listen to hip-hop and have become tired of the standard radio garbage then this is an album for you. Read more
Published on September 23, 2009 by J. Borrero
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