Minneapolis rapper and Rhymesayers mainstay Brother Ali reemerged as vital as ever this year, releasing his first album since 2012’s Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color. The reassuring new LP, All the Beauty in This Whole Life, contains some of the best songs in Ali’s 20-year career. “Own Light (What Hearts Are For)” is a tribute to human resilience, and “Dear Black Son” is a poignant audio letter, preparing Ali’s child for the unjust inevitabilities he’ll encounter growing up as an African-American male. For a potent dose of Ali’s storytelling ability, there’s “Uncle Usi Taught Me,” which details his experience being detained by TSA agents while returning home from a conference in Iran. That powerful but not preachy lyricism, combined with Atmosphere producer Ant’s warmly layered beats, results in one of the best records in a career that’s already full of them. With Immortal Technique, Sa-Roc, Last Word, and Sol Messiah.
PROMOTIONAL EVENT DESCRIPTION Brother Ali at First Avenue
Brother Ali with Immortal Technique, Sa-Rock, Last Word, and Sol Messiah
Thursday, November 16, 2017 | 7:00pm | $20 | 18+ | First Avenue | Mainroom
Brother Ali: Over the past 17 years, Brother Ali has earned wide critical acclaim for his deeply personal, socially conscious, and inspiring brand of hip-hop. Under Rhymesayers Entertainment, he’s unleashed a series of lauded projects, establishing himself as one of the most respected independent voices in music. The latest chapter in that celebrated journey is All the Beauty in This Whole Life, a 15-track collection produced entirely by Atmosphere’s Anthony “Ant” Davis