He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
"Dark Star"--my article about Brother Ali--is live at City Pages. Don't miss the online extras: two new mp3s, a video gallery, a photo gallery, and rare audio of Brother Ali's 2004 radio spots for Marshall Field's. Below is a selection of Ali links, including previous articles about Ali and Rhymesayers. (Above: Ali at the Hip-Hop Congress in Moorhead, Minnesota, February 17, 2007. Below: Meeting KRS-One in 1990 [photo courtesy of Nick Newman]; with Eyedea, Felipe, and Slug at the Triple Rock in 2004--click for larger image [photo by Tony Nelson].)
Note: The print version of the article contains an error: It correctly paraphrases Ali saying one of his releases "was funded by a friend who was beaten by Minneapolis police and settled out of court," but the release in question was 2000's Rites of Passage, not 2003's Shadows on the Sun. A correction will run in City Pages April 18.
Brother Ali links (A-Z)
"Brother Ali Remix Contest" hosted by Run Ya Jewels Tuesday, April 17 at the Dinkytowner; 21+, 10:00 p.m. $3 admission; $10 to enter contest. Pick up the a capella version of Brother Ali's "Original King" at Fifth Element or Dinkytowner. Special Rhymesayers guest Judges.
City Pages article: "Dark Star; Wrong image, wrong religion, wrong city: Meet Brother Ali, hip hop's unlikely savior"
City Pages "Best of the Twin Cities" item
City Pages "Best of the Twin Cities" on Fox
The Current interview and performance at SXSW
El-Amin's Fish House
Haystack Brother Ali page
Hype Machine Brother Ali audio
Masjid An-Nur (Ali's mosque)
MNStories video of Brother Ali on 89.3 at SXSW
More Scholtes articles about Brother Ali and Rhymesayers
MP3.com video interview at SXSW
Mpls-St. Paul Q&A
National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation (NOAH)
The Onion interview (4/28/07)
Rolling Stone interview
RSE Radio special on Ali
Show review by Chris Godsey in Duluth earlier this week
Star Tribune profile from last Sunday
Status Ain't Hood review
Tour finale at First Avenue on Friday, June 8. $10-$12. 701 1st Avenue North. 612.338.8388.
Trama's blog from the Brother Ali tour:
"Uncle Sam ___ Damn" video
(Above: At Concordia, 2007; smiling, photographed by Nick Vlcek for City Pages.)
Reactions at Strange Famous Records, Philaflava, DUNation, ILX, Blotter (cricket sounds), TCPunk, Sickfucksunited.com, the Daily Page, Basso, Islamica, Muslimhiphop.com, Strummer News, and elsewhere. Thanks for the links, the Rocknrollstar, Bronx River Parkway, Synthesismagazine.net, 15 Minutes to Live, Norwegianity, Ooze, L.A. Weekly, Stevesilver.net, and I Dislike Your Favorite Team.
Besides his own CDs, Brother Ali also appears on the following:
Atmosphere, Seven's Travels (2003)
DUNation.com Volume Won (2006)
Psalm One, The Death of Frequent Flyer (2006)
Pigeon John and the Summertime Pool Party (2006)