Over the past 17 years, Brother Ali has earned wide critical acclaim for his deeply personal, socially conscious, and inspiring brand of hip-hop. The lauded MC has just announced the newest album in his celebrated journey, All the Beauty in This Whole Life – set for release May 5 via longtime label Rhymesayers Entertainment. The 15-track collection, produced entirely by Atmosphere’s Anthony “Ant” Davis, is Ali’s first official release in five years and represents the newest and most refined chapter of his life’s journey. “Each of my albums are the result of the pain, growth and eventual healing that I experience. Articulating the pain and navigating the healing allows the people who really feel my music to travel with me. It’s not only that we hurt together, we heal together as well.”
Brother Ali Speaks On New Album All The Beauty In This Whole Life
Exploring his origins as a rapper and a Muslim (“Pen to Paper” featuring Amir Sulaiman), his struggles as an albino (“Pray for Me”) and the suicides suffered by his father and grandfather (“Out of Here”), on All the Beauty in This Whole Life, Ali delivers intimate pieces with evocative candor over Ant’s soulful production. The album also provides sharp social commentary, deftly tackling technology’s effects on personal connections (“Special Effects” featuring deM atlaS), pornography’s influence on society (“The Bitten Apple” featuring Idris Philips), as well as the construct of race (“Before They Called You White”), and police brutality (“Dear Black Son”). “This entire album is based on the reality that beauty is the splendor of truth,” says the Minneapolis MC. “Beauty in all of its forms is the outward manifestation of love and virtue. It soothes the soul and pulls it gently toward the truth it communicates. Every word and note of this album is intended to either reflect beauty, or expose the ugliness that blocks us from living lives of meaning.”
Contrasting intensely heavy moments with joyous and grateful ones, All the Beauty in This Whole Life arrives right on time, to help heal a divided nation through the power of music. Ali wouldn’t have it any other way. “In times of great suffering in the outside world, the most important battles start from within.”
Currently half way through an Australian tour alongside fellow Rhymesayers royalty Atmosphere, Brother Ali is making an endearing impression on local fans. The tour continues tonight in Brisbane with Sydney, Melbourne and Perth later this week.