The Truth Is Brother Ali

The Truth Is Brother Ali 


It was 10:30pm last Friday and 80 degrees – that’s nearly a perfect temperature in Orlando at this time of the year.  Kandy and I were standing outside of The Social, a 500 person capacity venue in Orlando, FL.  We were going to see Brother Ali.

As Kandy and I emptied our pockets, were searched and required to pay $13 to enter The Social to see Brother Ali, we wondered if we should part with our money for another underground indie artist.  We’ve seen so many that weren’t worth the price of admission and even more that were a waste of time.  In addition to being slightly jaded, we were also hungry.  We didn’t eat anything before the show and we were getting’ our drink on.  If you drink, you know that drinking on an empty stomach is not really a good thing.

But when Brother Ali took the stage and opened with a cover of Public Enemy’s “Brothers Gonna Work It Out” amazingly any negative thoughts our alcohol soaked brains were harboring immediately escaped.  Where those thoughts went to escaped me as well because all I could think of was the fact that I was witnessing a lyrical legend doing what a professional M.C. does – rock tha mic.

The show flowed like a Rakim verse from the beginning to the end.  Song after song and lyric after lyric made me believe that I was in a blessed position to witness one of the greatest of all time.

If you get a chance to witness the greatness that is Ali, I strongly suggest you do so. 

Here’s an excerpt of Brother Alis’ Bio:

“Brother Ali has no reservations in saying that he’s “trying to be one of the greatest of all time” (on the Molemen track “Life Sentence”). Inspired by golden era legends like KRS-One and Rakim, this undisputed Master of Ceremony began rapping as a means of survival. Growing up albino (colorless hair, skin and eyes, poor vision, and extreme sensitivity to the sun) in a world of cruel kids made it strikingly obvious to Ali that he needed a high-powered way to earn some respect and prestige among his peers. As a result, every since elementary school he hasn’t slowed down with his lyrical grind. In his rare moments of silence these days, if you catch his eyes, you’ll notice that this Minneapolis denizen is rapping in his head. For Ali, hip-hop doesn’t stop when he exits the studio or stage.”

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