Artist: Brother Ali
Review Type: Free Download
Genre: Hip Hop

The Review: 3.5 / 5 – Good

We love Brother Ali for his simple and humble approach to hip hop. He generally keeps the flows positive while addressing social and personal issues but on his new release, Not a Day Goes By, the Minneapolis rhymaster lets loose in a nearly aggressive way.

Offering raw and uncut thoughts on the music game and his place within it, Brother Ali flows with fast double time and expertly places pauses for added emphasis all the while knocking on other rappers for being negative, flashy and bigheaded.

Produced by Jake One, the track features a piano loop thrown over a pounding rhythm section while Ali throws spews rhymes like this:

This game polluted, crowded, human garbage oozin’ out it / Buncha dudes in a stupid outfit, tryin’ to call a group a movement—stop it!

Brother Ali’s fifth album, Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color, is slated to hit record stores and online retailers later this August. It will be interesting to see if this tone is featured throughout the upcoming release or if this track is a one off. The beats and rhymes here are Very Good but we are just a bit thrown off by the tone of track so we had to give it 3.5 stars.

Brother Ali’s 2009 release, Us, gets 5/5 stars from TreeThugger.

Music Video: Not a Day Goes By – Brother Ali