Brother Ali performs live in The Current studios

Brother Ali performs at the The Current's April, 2008 Fakebook
Brother Ali performs at the The Current's April, 2008 Fakebook (Minnesota Public Radio / Tylor Boland)
  1. Listen Brother Ali performs in The Current studios

    Nov 23, 2009

With lyrics that showcase his lyrical prowess and a personal story that's as interesting to hear as to read, local hip-hop virtuoso Brother Ali has made an unparalleled mark on the world of independent hip hop.

His latest album, titled "Us," showcases his socially-conscious wordplay and his mastery of personal narrative.

Songs performed: "The Preacher," "Tight Rope," and "Fresh Air."

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