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Brother Ali is all about Us

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    Minneapolis rapper Brother Ali has announced plans for his fifth full-length, a 16-track effort entitled Us. The record, like all his previous efforts, will be released through Rhymesayers Entertainment on September 22.

    According to the issued press release, Us sees Ali moving his view away from the outside world and moving towards examining the human condition. The album will focus on many of human nature’s strengths and weaknesses which include drug abuse, divorce, and homophobia. Produced by Atmosphere’s Ant (who worked on his previous albums), the record contains guest appearances by other socially conscious artists, including Chuck D, Freeway, Joell Ortiz, and Stokley Williams of Mint Condition.

    Ali will launch an extensive North American tour to coincide with the release, kicking off the day of the album’s release with a show in his native Minnesota and running through November. The hip-hopper will be joined on the trek by labelmates Evidence (of Dilated People), BK One, and Toki Wright. Tickets go on sale on August 1st via Ticketmaster.com.

    Us Tracklist:
    01. Brothers and Sisters (feat. Chuck D and Stokley Williams)
    02. The Preacher
    03. Crown Jewel
    04. House Keys
    05. Fresh Air
    06. Tight Rope
    07. Breakin’ Dawn
    08. The Travelers
    09. Babygirl
    10. ‘Round Here
    11. Bad Mufucker Pt. II
    12. Best@it (feat. Freeway and Joell Ortiz)
    13. Games
    14. Slippin’ Away
    15. You Say (Puppy Love)
    16. US (feat. Stokley Williams)

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    Brother Ali 2009 Tour Dates:
    09/22 – Duluth, MN @ Pizza Luce
    09/23 – Mankate, MN @ What’s Up Lounge
    09/24 – Iowa City, IA @ The Industry
    09/25 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Nutty’s North
    09/26 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
    09/27 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada
    09/29 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
    09/30 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
    10/01 – Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
    10/02 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
    10/03 – Boise, ID @ The Venue
    10/04 – Missoula, MT @ The Badlander
    10/06 – Spokane, WA @ The Boulevard
    10/07 – Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
    10/08 – Victoria, BC @ Element
    10/09 – Vancouver, BC @ Venue
    10/10 – Bellingham, WA @ The Nightlight
    10/11 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
    10/12 – Eugene, OR @ Wow Hall
    10/14 – Arcata, CA @ Humboldt State University
    10/15 – Reno, NV @ The New Oasis
    10/16 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
    10/17 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
    10/18 – Santa Clara, CA @ Avalon Nightclub
    10/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
    10/21 – San Diego, CA @ Cane’s
    10/22 – Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
    10/23 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
    10/24 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
    10/26 – Lubbock, TX @ The Foundation
    10/27 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
    10/28 – Austine, TX @ Emo’s
    10/29 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
    11/01 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
    11/04 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
    11/05 – Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
    11/06 – Philadelphia, PA @ 1st Unitarian Church
    11/07 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
    11/08 – Boston, MA @ The Paradise
    11/09 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
    11/10 – Portland, ME @ The Asylum
    11/11 – Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street
    11/13 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
    11/14 – Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner
    11/15 – Louisville, KY @ Uncle Pleasant’s
    11/17 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
    11/18 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
    11/19 – Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theater
    11/20 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue

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