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Brother Ali Is Celebrating 15 Years Of “Shadows On The Sun” With A Tour

The year 2003 was a decent one in the Hip-Hop world. JAY-Z released one of his biggest projects, The Black Album; 50 Cent catapulted onto the scene with Get Rich or Die Trying; and ATL’s finest, Outkast, dropped their conceptual double-disc, Speakerboxsx/The Love Below. But while those projects glided along... Read more

Nas & Black Star Will Share The Stage This Summer

Nas and Black Star are two championed Hip-Hop acts. Whereas Nas has released 11 solo albums, in addition to compilations, and group work with The Firm and Distant Relatives, Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey have just one group LP. In 2018, reports are lingering that both entities have album plans... Read more

Who Had The Best Rap Album Of 2017 (Battle 6): Brother Ali vs. Oddisee

We have our opinions on the best albums of 2017, but rather than simply list them, we thought it would be more interesting to hear what you, the readers, believe is the Best Rap Album of 2017. With that in mind, we decided to make our Best Rap Albums Of... Read more

What Is The Best Rap Album Of The Year? You Decide. Here Are Our Top 15.

It’s that time of year where “best of” lists abound and, in a year that featured stellar music from artists young and old, 2017 has proven to be one of the finest of the decade. We have our opinions on the best albums of 2017, but rather than simply list... Read more

Eminem’s New Song Is A Scathing Rebuke Of Racism & White Privilege (Audio)

For the second time in 2 months, Eminem has delivered some of the most potent commentaries in music. In October, his BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher, a freestyle titled "The Storm" that was a 5-minute takedown of Donald Trump, became headline news around the world. Em was not the first... Read more

Madlib, Talib Kweli & More Released New Music Today. Here’s Some Of The Best (Audio)

Life is too short to listen to bad music. So...let AFH fight through it for you and only supply you with that great stuff. Despite the reports, Hip-Hop is alive and well and, in many ways, is better than it's ever been. Not only are we able to go back... Read more

Big K.R.I.T. Has A New Album Coming And His First Single Is Worth Celebrating (Audio)

Life is too short to listen to bad music. So...let AFH fight through it for you and only supply you with that great stuff. Despite the reports, Hip-Hop is alive and well and, in many ways, is better than it's ever been. Not only are we able to go back... Read more

Meek Mill’s New Conscious Rap May Be His Most Important Song Yet (Audio)

Life is too short to listen to bad music. So...let AFH fight through it for you and only supply you with that great stuff. Despite the reports, Hip-Hop is alive and well and, in many ways, is better than it's ever been. Not only are we able to go back and... Read more

Pusha T & Jadakiss Move Major Keys On A Heavyweight Collabo With DJ Khaled (Audio)

Life is too short to listen to bad music. So...let us fight through it for you and only supply you with that great stuff. Despite the reports, Hip-Hop is alive and well and, in many ways, is better than it's ever been. Not only are we able to go back... Read more

The 11 Best Hip-Hop Releases So Far In 2017 (Audio)

At 2017’s midpoint, the year has been generous in substantial art. Some artists have rallied to make the album an unbreakable sequence of songs. Others are seeking new, casual ways to keep fans gratified without the gravity of the longstanding format. Some releases have allowed us to know MCs at... Read more

Snoop Dogg & KRS-One Release Their First Ever Collabo & It’s Lights, Camera, Action (Audio)

Life is too short to listen to bad music. So...let us fight through it for you and only supply you with that great stuff. Despite the reports, Hip-Hop is alive and well and, in many ways, is better than it's ever been. Not only are we able to go back... Read more

Big K.R.I.T. & B.O.B. Ask When Exactly Was America Great On “Peace Piece” (Audio)

Life is too short to listen to bad music. So...let us fight through it for you and only supply you with that great stuff. Despite the reports, Hip-Hop is alive and well and, in many ways, is better than it's ever been. Not only are we able to go back... Read more

You Will Not See Adult Videos The Same After Hearing Brother Ali’s New Song (Audio)

Yesterday (May 5), Brother Ali released All The Beauty In This Whole Life, an LP which unequivocally continues the Rhymesayers MC's career-long history of addressing the personal and universally relatable through his music. This time around, the Minnesotan keeps it 100% about being the white father to a Black son, being... Read more

Brother Ali Details How Our Pleasures Are Used By Those In Power To Control Us

After a nearly five-year break, Brother Ali will release All The Beauty In This Whole Life this Friday (May 5). The Rhymesayers Entertainment mainstay has crafted an album that confronts so many issues in the modern universe. Ali Newman has a lot to say on what's happening with the world, and while... Read more

Pusha T, Lauryn Hill, T.I. & Others To Headline 2017 Soundset Festival

UPDATE: Mac Miller has announced that he is canceling his Soundset appearance planned for this Sunday. He apologized to fans in a tweet, but did not expound on reasoning. Earlier this week, a suicide bombing in Manchester, England killed 22 people and injured more than 100 took place during a... Read more

Brother Ali’s New Song Tackles Prejudice At Home & Abroad As An American Muslim (Video)

Brother Ali, the Minneapolis MC revered for his truth-telling and lifelong pursuit of knowledge, today (March 30) debuted a timely and powerful new single at Sway in the Morning. As a practitioner of Islam since his teenage years, Ali has always placed his faith front-and-center in his music, and he... Read more

Brother Ali Notes Some Of Our Biggest Heroes Are Muslim & They Should Be Celebrated

Islam and Hip-Hop have coexisted for the entirety of the culture's existence. The Nation of Islam is one of the Universal Zulu Nation's greatest influences, as is the Five-Percent Nation. From Afrika Bambaataa to Oddisee, generations of MCs, producers, and DJs have incorporated their religious beliefs into their music and... Read more

Brother Ali Reveals The Title & Release Date Of His New Album & Releases Its 1st Single (Audio)

Yesterday (February 27), a Brother Ali video called "Pen To Paper" emerged. It revealed that the Minneapolis, Minnesota veteran MC is plotting his return. One of the most respected, recognized, and successful members of the Rhymesayers crew dropped poignant bars in a track that was less than three minutes long.... Read more

Brother Ali Returns. After Being Profiled By Feds, He Puts Pen To Paper (Video)

Brother Ali went from one of the breakout stars of independent Hip-Hop in the 2000s to rather quiet in the last five years. The Minneapolis, Minnesota MC who is a keystone in the Rhymesayers family has not dropped a project since his 2013 freebie, Left In The Deck. In the... Read more

Markis Precise’s Debut Features Elzhi, Fashawn, Brother Ali & Ras Kass (Album Stream)

Fresno, California producer/musician Markis Precise just released his debut album, The Feeling Of Flying. The Ineffable Music Group LP is no compilation, but a carefully-crafted album featuring a cross-section of lyricists including fellow Fresno native Fashawn, as well as Elzhi, Brother Ali, Ras Kass, Murs, Strong Arm Steady, and Oddisee,... Read more

Brother Ali Makes An Incredibly Soulful Song About Love, Life & Suffering (Audio)

Brother Ali is a bull in the booth. From his government indictments to good ol' battle-rap bravado, the Twin Cities Rhymesayer can move the crowd through shock and awe with the microphone. However, the independent mainstay can also show a ton of vulnerability in his songs, and make the kind... Read more

Finding the GOAT: Who is Your Wildcard Pick for Round 2?

As we continue the ultimate battle for the title of the GOAT (Greatest of All-Time), we are asking you to help us rank who is the greatest MC to pick up a mic. We will take over 35 years of Hip-Hop into consideration, pairing special match-ups in a sequence not... Read more

Brother Ali’s Second Home Is The Road, Alongside Bambu & MaLLy (Audio)

If anybody can truly make songs about the road, it's a Rhymesayer. From Slug, to Murs, to Brother Ali, the collective of artists who work with the Minneapolis-based label know that playing to the fans is paramount. In sync with his new Home Away From Home Tour, Brother Ali links... Read more

Brother Ali Goes on the Attack in a Freestyle. But Who’s the Target? (Video)

Brother Ali kicked a dope a capella verse on the Sway in the Morning show as part of a sound check. What seemed like a casual rhyme at first turned into a blistering story about an MC who made it based on lies and biting. The target could be an... Read more

Who’s Better, Jay Z or KRS-One? Here’s What Brother Ali Had to Say (Video)

Brother Ali connected with Mass Appeal and weighed in on many debates including KRS-One vs. Jay Z, Rakim vs. Melle Mel, Erykah Badu vs. Lauryn Hill and more. Check out what he had to say about each below. Related: Brother Ali – Left In The Deck (Free Album)... Read more

Brother Ali – Left In The Deck (Free Album)

Brother Ali's had a lot of opportunities at his disposal over the last decade. His 2003 album Shadows On The Sun was said to be made with four-track beats by Ant (of Atmosphere), and it goes down in history as one of my favorite albums of the 2000s. Revealing, vulnerable,... Read more

R.A. The Rugged Man – The Dangerous 3 ft Brother Ali & Masta Ace (Video)

Truly, this is my favorite collaboration so far of 2013. While R.A. The Rugged Man's story has always inspired me (and I'm a fan of his journalism), his released works rarely moved me. However, Legends Never Die is truly a grabbing album this year, and this song is my favorite... Read more

Public Enemy – Get Up Stand Up ft Brother Ali (Video)

Here's the video for Public Enemy's joint call to action with Brother Ali. Check out Get Up Stand Up. The revolution will be televised. Related: Ice Cube vs. Public Enemy (Playlist)... Read more

Atmosphere – It Ain’t the Prettiest ft Brother Ali, Carnage the Executioner & Haphduzn

Here's a new track from Atmosphere. Check out It Ain't the Prettiest featuring Brother Ali, Carnage the Executioner & Haphduzn. Related: See why we picked Brother Ali's Mourning in America as one of the best albums of 2012... Read more

Nardwaur vs Brother Ali (Video)

Nardwaur does it again...Here's a fantastic interview of Brother Ali. Ali drops knowledge about MF DOOM, Blaxploitation films, his battle with Sage Francis, Muhammad Ali and more. Check out the video. Related: Brother Ali – Mourning in America (Full Album Stream)... Read more

J-Live – Hot vs. Dope Vol. 1 (Mixtape)

Some (though not enough) know J-Live as a dope MC. Heads know he is a skilled DJ, as well. Here's a new mixtape from him featuring recent music from Yasiin Bey, Kendrick Lamar, Murs & Fashawn, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Killer Mike, Rick Ross, Skyzoo, CL Smooth, Raekwon, Jean Greae,... Read more

Brother Ali – Mourning in America (Full Album Stream)

Brother Ali has dropped a lot of fantastic records and video from his Mourning in America album over the last few months. The album is in stores today and you can listen to a full stream of it below. Related: Brother Ali slays the 5 Fingers of Death on the... Read more

Brother Ali – Only Life I Know (Video)

Here's another new video from Brother Ali's upcoming Mourning in America album (in stores on 9/18), which is sounding like it's going to be one of the best projects of the year. The song is about what it feels like to be trapped in poverty. Once again, Brother Ali kicks... Read more

Whoa. Brother Ali turned in one of the best 5 Fingers of Death performances EVER on the Sway in the Morning show. Check out the video (Video)

The reactions of Murs and Fashawn in the background are equally entertaining. Related: Brother Ali - Mourning in America (Video)... Read more

Brother Ali – Mourning in America (Video)

"This is the title track to my new album, Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color. The first half of the album highlights and critiques the dire situation in which we live. The second half outlines the tremendous opportunity we have to re-imagine and reform our society. This song is... Read more

Brother Ali – Mourning in America

Here's the title track to Brother Ali's upcoming Mourning in America album. Check it out. Related: Brother Ali - Stop the Press... Read more

A lot of hot hip-hop has dropped over the last couple of months. Here’s a playlist featuring some of the best joints from May and June (Audio)

You'll find music from Nas, Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West, Brother Ali, Dom Kennedy, Phife Dawg, MF DOOM, Big Boi, Big K.R.I.T., MMG, Kanye West, T.I., Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Childish Gambino, Joell Ortiz, Joe Budden, Pac Div, Goodie Mob, Large Professor, Snoop Dogg and much more. If you're down... Read more

Brother Ali – Stop the Press

Here's a hot new soulful joint from Brother Ali. It's from his forthcoming album Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color and dude is spitting nothing but knowledge. Check out Stop the Press. Related: Brother Ali - Not a Day Goes By (Video)... Read more

Brother Ali – Not a Day Goes By (Video)

Rhymesayers have been getting it in lately. Here's a new video from Brother Ali. Check out Not a Day Goes By. Related: Aesop Rock - Zero Dark Thirty (Video)... Read more

Brother Ali takes on slavery in his song and video for Breakin' Dawn. It hasn't been done this well since Public Enemy's Can't Truss It.

The video is a creative use of black and white animation.  The track is pretty ill, too.  It's got an Indian/Middle Eastern feel with the sitar sample.  This is a cool break from the norm. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUbWozgMf4M&feature=player_embedded Here's Public Enemy's classic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=am9BqZ6eA5c&ob=av2n  .... Read more