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Brother Ali | Interview

Brother Ali is an emcee, producer, and DJ from Minneapolis, MN, and member of Rhymesayers Entertainment. Since 1985, he has loved the culture of hip hop and would memorize lyrics from Grandmaster Melle Mel, Slick Rick, and Whodini. He began writing a recording songs after hearing KRS-One, Rakim, and Public Enemy in the late 80s. In high school, Ali was battling in cyphers and emceeing at school dances. He met the Rhymesayers crew in the late 90s and learned the independent music business. Much of Ali’s music is autobiographical, with the ability to show people how alike we all are, in a society that makes us feel different because of race, religion, class, and sex. Ali’s first release came in 2000; a self-produced, cassette-only demo tape, Rites Of Passage. In 2003, his first studio project was released and produced entirely by Atmosphere producer Ant, Shadows On The Sun. Atmosphere and Ali toured over the new few years with Brand Nubian, Immortal Technique, and Rakim. Ali has consistently released albums through Rhymesayers over the years, with the most recent 2012 album being Mourning In America & Dreaming In Color.

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