Birth Name: Jason Newman Birth Place: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States Years Active: 1999-Present Genres: Hip Hop
Brother Ali was born Jason Newman in 1978 in Madison, Wisconsin, and is a hip-hop artist signed to Rhymesayers Entertainment. Ali spent most of his early childhood moving from city to city in the Midwest. Ali's family settled in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1992 and Ali attended high-school there where he began rapping and writing his own rhymes.
Ali's first release was a demo tape titled, “Rites of Passage,” which Ali self-produced, recorded and arranged. He sent the demo to a local independent hip-hop label Rhymesayers Entertainment, who put out his “Rites of Passage” recording in 2000.
2003 marked Ali's first studio project, “Shadows on the Sun,” which garnered praise from und... Continue Bio >>
Brother Ali I can't believe it's been ten years since my brother I Self Devine dropped his classic album "Self Destruction". One of my favorite albums RSE has ever released from one of it's most important voices. Make sure to hit the RSE page and and watch this entire series with I Self recalling each of the songs on this timeless classic. Also, if you're in or around the Twin Cities this Saturday night, DO NOT MISS the Anniversary show at 7th St Entry.
Rhymesayers Watch I Self Devine discuss the seventh track from his Self Destruction album, "Feel My Pain"
I Self will be performing Self Destruction in its entirety on August 1st at First Avenue & 7th St Entry in Minneapolis THIS SATURDAY. For more information and tickets, visit http://bit.ly/ISelf0801 Wednesday 29th of July 2015 02:03:22 AM
Brother Ali A lot of websites have FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions) for which they provide answers to questions they get all the time. It saves them the time of answering repeat questions individually. Whenever I post anything that even hints of racial justice or anti racism, I get a series of responses the come up again and again. Thought it might be a good idea to put together some Frequently Given Responses (FGRs) and my answers to them. -There will be more of these to come. It's not a complete list yet, but here is one of the front runners.
FGR #1 "You're race baiting!"
This response is based on the notion that America's racial violence and unfairness are things of the past (that is, if the person admits they were ever problems at all). The accusation of "Race Baiting" means that the accuser lives life unaware and unaffected by the role racism plays in the lives of people of color. They don't believe that people of color really live with systems that limit their access to resources and opportunities because it doesn't impact the accusor. They don't acknowledge truth outside of their own experience.
When these people hear talk about racial justice, they adopt the theory that the testimonies are being invented as part of some calculated plot to push another agenda, usually directly against them. They think that anti-racism isn't a genuine outcry from communities of color, but a diabolical scheme of an evil genius puppet master from above.
The term "baiting" also gives this term a sense of danger because it begs the question, "what exactly do you feel you're being baited to do?". There's an anger and threat in telling someone that their life stories are "baiting" you.
The fact that YOU'RE able to live oblivious the the evil of racism isn't proof that it doesn't exist, it's actually proof that it does.
Friday 24th of July 2015 11:45:22 PM