I see all this from the desk that I write my rhymes from/
Pen starts to scribble on it’s own, my minds numb/
But you can call me modern urban Norman Rockwell/
I paint a picture of the spot well.
On the tenth anniversary of his incredibly dope Rhymesayers debut Shadows On The Sun, Brother Ali recently sat down with City Pages’s Chaz Kangas to discuss his introduction to Ant, the recording process, how certain songs didn’t make the cut, how he’s grown since it’s release and more. Check a preview quote below and head here for the full interview.
At what point did recording for Shadows on the Sun the album begin? As soon as I got with Rhymesayers. I brought them Rites of Passage, and Siddiq and Musab and I were friends, and they introduced me to Ant, who seemed reluctant to work with me. He made it clear he thought I was talented, but I don’t think necessarily saw the kind of songs I wanted to write. But, he said we could try something out. At that time I used to write songs in my head, and the first two songs I brought him that we deliberately made together were “Room With a View” and “Bitchslap.”
“Room With A View” is also the first Ali song I heard and ever since Ant’s horns blasted through my speakers I was hooked. Before my days at HipHopDX and a half decade before 2DopeBoyz was even an idea, I remember Shadows was the only album I played for at least a month straight. Easily one of my favorite albums from the past 15 years.
Before the April 30th release date of Legends Never Die comes to present (pre-orders available now), R.A. and Mr. Green give us some behind-the-scenes access to the making of the beat for “The Dangerous Three” which will also feature Brother Ali and Masta Ace.
I’ve had the pleasure of being interviewed and featured in some of the most incredible publications but the most entertaining and interesting interviews Ive ever had was with the one and only Nardwuar. During our interview he gave me The original program to a Muhammad Ali exhibition fight in Vancouver and several records. First thing I did when I got home from the tour was listen through the records and make a beat from one of them. I ended up recording this song.
Any day where I wake up to new Atmosphere or anything Rhymesayers related is a good one in my books. So when I opened up the scattered inbox and saw that the the above artists linked up for an exclusive song in support of their upcoming Welcome To Minnesota Tour? I was stoked, to say the least. Looks like I’ll be MPLS bound in early March.
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With some help from Rob Viktum on the production front, Mr. Dibbs enlisted Brother Ali for “Pitch Black Noon”. A track that was originally featured on 2010′s Deadworld, and now can be found on Dibb’s new project, Deadworld Reborn. More than just music, the story behind Reborn speaks at even louder volumes…
I died last year. For 53 seconds. One short month after the quiet release of Deadworld. Foreshadowing’s a bitch. What I could not see at the time was being reborn into the world of the living through someone else’s full-circle leaving… [Read the rest here]
Sitting down with OutDaBoxTV, the Big Bad Brother speaks on his politically driven album Mourning In America And Dreaming In Color, the #Occupy movements and the effects of being an Albino in today’s society. In part two (below), Ali speaks on the US Presidential election, unemployment, the effect of Low Paying Jobs and more.