Long Live Hip-Hop: Brother Ali Releases ‘Mourning In America’

Written by MCJStaff   // September 1, 2012   // Comments Off

Photo Credit: Jonathan Mannion

By  (NewsOne)
We live in the days of Republican rap. Greedy, selfish capitalism is at the root of lyrics steeped in hedonism, and to borrow from the legendary Harry Belafonte, a glaring lack of  ‘social responsibility.’ “We Built It,” the manifesto of that farce of a convention orchestrated in Tampa, Florida by the GOP, could easily apply to a genre swimming in Maybachs and pyramid scheme-esque  millions.

This highly discernible shift leaves many lovers of Hip-Hop lamenting the days when the genre provided stark commentary on turbulent times with truth and fearlessness.

Enter Brother Ali.

Hailed as one of the most prolific rappers on the underground Hip-Hop scene, the Minneapolis based artist is well known for interweaving music and politics. Touching on everything from  race, religion and poverty, Brother Ali’s album, “Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color,” is scheduled for a September 18th release. His latest music video for the title track, “Mourning in America,” is both visually and viscerally stunning and attacks such themes as war, gun violence, bullying, capital punishment and police brutality, while facing the issue of Islamophobia in this nation head on and without apology.


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