Underground hip hop heads heed; the wait is finally over.
It has been almost half a decade since Brother Ali released his last album, Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color. Today, the conscientious emcee announced plans to release his sixth studio album later this year entitled All The Beauty In This Whole Life. Along with the announcement, Brother Ali dropped the first single from the pending album “Own Light (What Hearts Are For)”:
The Minnesota based rapper pairs with fellow Rhymesayers Entertainment producer Ant (of Atmosphere) for ” the theme song” of his new album. In fact, they note that the highly underrated Ant produced the entire rest of the project as well. This will be an epic collaboration, you heard it here first.
Many have come to known Brother Ali as a highly intellectual and spiritual poet of the hip hop underground. Integral to the rise of independent hip hop in this millennium, Brother Ali embraces the idea of finding beauty in life, both internally and externally. He explains about All The Beauty In This Whole Life:
This entire album is based on the reality that beauty is the splendor of truth. Beauty in all of its forms is the outward manifestation of love and virtue. It soothes the soul and pulls it gently toward the truth it communicates. Every word and note of this album is intended to either reflect beauty, or expose the ugliness that blocks us from living lives of meaning.
Frankly, the concept could not come from a better individual. He is unafraid of wearing his heart on his sleeve. Just take a look at his track record: The Bite Marked Heart (2012), an EP on love. “Good Lord,” a track portraying everyone’s God in a different yet equally important light. His most famous song, “Forest Whitaker,” a self-pride song about loving himself in spite of all his flaws.
As announced, his art could not come at a better time: “All the Beauty in This Whole Life arrives right on time, to help heal a divided nation through the power of music. Ali wouldn’t have it any other way. ‘In times of great suffering in the outside world, the most important battles start from within.'”
Watch the Minnesota emcee speak about his new album below, pre-order the album, and stay updated on the release here! For all things hip hop keep reading at True Too.