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Pepper at the Met

Pepper at the Met


"Thank you guys for coming out tonight. We appreciate that shit," says some stage dude at the start of Pepper's Kona Gold, a live date...
By webteam  |  October 12, 2010
Brother Ali at Jerky's

Brother Ali at Jerky's


There are lots of thoughtful notions in the lyrics of Brother Ali. The Midwest MC is part of the Rhymesayers crew, and as he scrutinizes...
By webteam  |  April 07, 2010

Music Seen: Brother Ali

Even if you've seen Brother Ali before, you have not seen the show that he played last week.
Brother Ali, live at Asylum, November 10, 2009
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  November 20, 2009
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Blind ambition

The only thing less common than Brother Ali–caliber MCs are profiles that don’t credit dude as “blind” and “albino” in the first graf.
Brother Ali is more than just albino
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 06, 2009

Brother Ali at the Asylum


Currently touting the best-reviewed rap album of the year, new Rhymesayers standard-bearer BROTHER ALI is at the Asylum for a 9 pm concert, which follows...
By webteam  |  November 05, 2009
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Brother Ali | Us

Brother Ali is like a cool roaming uncle who occasionally surfaces with gifts and insights.
Rhymesayers (2009)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 02, 2009


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Review: Atmosphere at House of Blues

There are two things about Atmosphere MC Slug that provoke endless fury in linguistically thugged-out Internet rap snobs everywhere.
Game changer
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 22, 2009
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Things fall apart

As hipster, electronic, indie-rock, and rap cultures converge, MCs are taking cues from their other-genre contemporaries who rely on everything from stage props and antics to self-mutilation in the quest to entertain.
Hip-hop finds room to move at South-By.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 25, 2009
SXSW Day 1: Pontoons, Porn, and Hip-Hop

SXSW Day 1: Pontoons, Porn, and Hip-Hop


I might not always land on my feet, but face first in a pile of fine ass ain’t a bad place to be.  You can...
By Chris Faraone  |  March 19, 2009
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Brother Ali | The Truth Is Here

My "greatest rapper" list reads differently from most. Ghostface Killah resides at the zenith, beside Rakim's throne, and Minneapolis truth agent Brother Ali.
Rhymesayers (2009)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 17, 2009