Brother Ali: More Than Just A Man With A Mic In His Hand


Brother Ali has got something to say, and you’d be wise to hear it, all of it. The 34-year-old albino rapper from Minneapolis has made a living off of his introspective and heartfelt lyrics, as well as his pure musicianship as one of the most respected MCs on the independent scene.

After releasing The Bite-Marked Heart on Rhymesayers Entertainment in early February, Ali set his attentions on finding the perfect band to back him during his live performances, and debuted them to an overwhelming reaction at the 2012 South By Southwest (SXSW) Music and Film Festival in Austin, Texas, this past March. caught up with Ali after one of his stellar performances, and asked the man from Minneapolis to dissect his writing and recording process, as well as explain to us how he deals with writer’s block, or what he more commonly refers to as “heart block.”

Ali also spoke to us about his socially-charged, fifth studio album, Mourning In America and Dreaming In Color, which he currently has on deck for release this August, along with a host of other topics including Jake One, being creative, his favorite tracks, and much more.

Check out our exclusive interview with Brother Ali below:

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