I see my dad in Robin Williams and my son in Michael Brown.
Thursday 14th of August 2014 02:48:49 AM
Not sure if folks have noticed but I've been using social media less, especially to communicate world views. I'm focussing on the revolutionary work of self purification and removal of dictator qualities within my own foul self. I've received a lot of questions about Palestine and I don't think anyone would be surprised about my sentiments. I'm against all forms of domination, anywhere, at any time and by anyone.
I have very real companions in the Jewish community who are horrified by what Israel does in their name in Gaza, just like I as a American Male of European descent am disgusted by what's done in my name in Florida, South Side of Chicago and North Minneapolis.
People with massive material power, money, weapons, propaganda and influence are tortured by what they've done to others. They rot from within, drowning in fear of what might happen to them if their victims ever get on their feet. Oppressors' guilt drives them to use every tool in their wretched arsenal to erase entirely the human proof of their own frail and unloving hearts.
Even a semi obscure, indépendant rapper like me saying something against oppression and injustice draws hateful and ignorant comments from folks who assumedly follow me on social media because they consider themselves fans. Membership in a privileged group has a way of making people side with power, usually against their own interest. I'm going on tour this fall and sometime soon I hope to make another album and the more I speak from my heart, the more people leave my listenership. Alhamdulillah, I'm working to position myself in such a way where that can't hurt my business reality anymore.
So yes, my heart moans for the people being brutalized in Gaza. Israel should listen to it's courageous Jewish humanitarians who are protesting their actions around the world. Anyone doing anything in sincere solidarity with oppressed people have my complete support.
Muslims shouldn't have to repeat this over and over again, but Islam doesn't condone terrorism or killing of innocent people. Human despair on the other hand makes powerless, humiliated, suffering people do anything in their limited reality to grab some semblance of action. As a Muslim, our religion teaches us to be patient and faithful in the face of oppression, but I've never been in those people's shoes, I've never even been to visit them. I'm not in a position to judge them.
If you're compelled to send money, send it. If you're called to protesting, do it well. If you're praying for peace, keep praying. If you're studying and raising awareness in your own sphere of influence, be eloquent and direct. I'm rockin with you.
Saturday 2nd of August 2014 02:31:21 AM
Very excited to visit my home away from home cities this fall. We're playing smaller clubs than usual in most cities so make sure to get your tickets now and we'll see you there!
Brother Ali welcomes you home!
Buy Tickets NOW!: http://bit.ly/HAFHdates Home Away From Home Tour Feat. Brother Ali w/ Bambu & DJ LAST WORD Hosted by: MaLLY Background song "All You Need" ...
Friday 25th of July 2014 01:00:01 PM
Brother Ali will be kicking off his Home Away From Home Tour in September! The tour will also feature Bambu and DJ LAST WORD, hosted by Mally. Tickets go on sale THIS FRIDAY at 12pm CST.
Monday 21st of July 2014 02:23:23 PM
Dear Hip Hop Community,
We are informing you today we have met with reps from TPT, MPR, and The Current. The meeting was full of the spirit of collaboration and we are happy to report that the media outlets are open and willing to work with the Hip Hop community as a whole. The funds that were allocated to the State of Hip Hop event have expired due to the end of the fiscal year at the end of this month. This has been a valuable learning lesson for all parties – for us, it has helped to mobilize and organize our community- for them, it has shown how to engage communities that have historically and traditionally been left out of the process.
The next step is an exploratory committee to discuss what forms and possibilities our collaborations can take. The meeting will be open to the Hip Hop community but contingent on the condition that participants attend a pre-meeting.
We look forward to the future and promise to stay accountable to all parties involved. The media outlets have embraced the role of ally as a partner and megaphone for the Hip Hop community.
I Self Devine
Friday 6th of June 2014 06:10:57 PM
Preparing an entirely new set for the Soundset Before Party. Come get down with DJ Abilities The Lioness, Step Brothers, Murs and me. The DJ, Last Word will be rockin with me. Get your tix now and we'll SEE YOU THERE!
SOUNDSET 2014 OFFICIAL BEFORE PARTY | First Avenue
Saturday, May 24, 2014 - 7:00pmAdd to CalendariCalendarOutlookGoogleYahoo$20.00 advance$25.00door18+Buy TicketsHosted by: MaLLyPresented by: Rhymesayers and 89.3 The CurrentVenue: First AvenueMainroomInfo TabsDetailsfeaturing BROTHER ALI, STEP BROTHERS (ALCHEMIST & EVIDENCE), MURS, THE LIONESS, DJ A…
Tuesday 20th of May 2014 07:34:02 PM
Just found out Paul Mooney's been fighting prostate cancer... This would make me very sad and concerned if I wasn't so certain that Mooney would hate the idea of anyone being sad for him.
Tuesday 20th of May 2014 03:05:28 PM
Today is the birthday of Malcolm Little, Detroit Red, Satan, Malcolm X, El Hajj Malik El Shabazz. Spiritual & intellectual inspiration to me and millions around the world. One of the greatest human beings to live in modern times. May Allah shower him in kindness and mercy, expand his grave and grant him a high station in paradise.
Monday 19th of May 2014 09:29:09 AM
These brothers, CAMBIO made a song with Jake One and my "Singing This Song" track and it's freeeeeessssshhhhh! Really feeling this. Love to Minister Student Minister Abel Muhammad for sharing this and making me aware. If anyone knows these cats, please put me in touch with them? Make sure to watch the video all the way to the end cause it'll make your day.
CAMBIO "Singing This Song" REMIX FT. BOCAFLOJA & HACHE ST
download/listen http://www.cambio.bandcamp.com from Mixtape "For The Places Left Unfinished At Our Creation" 2013. htttp://www.cambiowashere.blogspot.com REM...
Thursday 15th of May 2014 07:25:37 AM
I wish our media had the track record to garner trust in their reporting of events on the Continent of Africa (or North Minneapolis). I wish the US Government had the moral authority to actually offer support when human rights are being violated around the world (or in Florida). I wish my countrymen valued the lives of women and black people enough to make me trust their calls for justice in Nigeria (or Chicago). These are my wishes, but they've not been my experience. I don't pretend to have the answers to the situation in Nigeria. All I have are questions. Please set some time aside and check out this presentation on US Imperialism. The end deals specifically with US intervention on The Continent.
Glen Ford: U.S. Imperialism Hopping on Just One Leg
Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report speaks at Trinity College (Hartford) March 2013 His website is www.blackagendareport.com
Saturday 10th of May 2014 11:55:54 AM
My guy deM atlaS just dropped a new single and video. Such a genuine person are artist. Really grateful that he's joined the Rhymesayers roster. deM embodies much of what made me fall in love with Hip Hop. Spread this far and wide.
deM atlaS - All We Got (Official Video)
Purchase "All We Got" now! iTunes: http://bit.ly/AWGitunes Fifth Element: http://bit.ly/AWG_FE Co-Produced by: deM atlaS & Soundsmith the Programmer | http:/...
Saturday 10th of May 2014 11:15:07 AM
Just want to let my LA fam know I'm not participating in the United We Stand Festival that's being advertised for Saturday. I was invited late in the planning to attend as a guest and perform one song. I agreed because I had friends on the bill, I love Cali and the cause seemed like a good one. Since then I've experienced a lot of confusion surrounding the event, including me being billed as a musical headliner, I truly hope nobody is inconvenienced by this situation and I hope to see y'all in LA soon.
Friday 9th of May 2014 11:39:39 AM
This new Rapsody video???? Yo!!!
Rapsody - Betty Shabazz
From the album, "9th Wonder Presents: Jamla Is the Squad (Deluxe Edition)". Available Now! iTunes: http://smarturl.it/fdst2s Amazon Music: http://smarturl.it...
Friday 9th of May 2014 08:33:01 AM
My dear friends, Atmosphere just dropped their incredible new album "Southsiders". Precious few bands, artists, rap groups are able to create not only music, they create a world for their listeners to visit. Not only do Slug & Ant do that, they've created several worlds over the course of their career. Fans who grew comfy in previous "Atmospheres" can feel a little out of place in the new one. Give it time. I heard a lot of these songs piecemeal as they were made and didn't fully grasp the beauty of this project until I was able to listen all the way through.
There are few options for getting the album, but I really love the bonus songs on the deluxe version. Have fun.
iTunes: <a href="http://bit.ly/South_iTunes" target="_blank">http://bit.ly/South_iTunes</a>
Fifth Element: <a href="http://bit.ly/South_iTunes" target="_blank">http://bit.ly/South_iTunes</a>
Amazon: <a href="http://bit.ly/South_iTunes" target="_blank">http://bit.ly/South_iTunes</a>
Best Buy: <a href="http://bit.ly/South_iTunes" target="_blank">http://bit.ly/South_iTunes</a>
Google Play: <a href="http://bit.ly/South_iTunes" target="_blank">http://bit.ly/South_iTunes</a>
Atmosphere - Camera Thief (Official Video)
iTunes: http://bit.ly/South_iTunes Official Atmosphere Store: http://bit.ly/Southsiders Amazon: http://bit.ly/Southsiders_amz www.1Lightfilms.com Director: A...
Wednesday 7th of May 2014 02:22:29 PM