16 Songs, 59 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

One of the underground's most consistently dope voices, Minneapolis emcee Brother Ali has been churning out higher-level hip-hop since 2000, when he debuted with the small-run Rites of Passage. Three years later, Shadows on the Sun appeared; he's been a mainstay on the global indie-rap scene ever since, renowned for his personal yet relatable lyricism, energetic delivery, and rambunctious live shows. Mourning in America... is his fifth full-length, which picks up where his recent EP The Bite Marked Heart left off. The title track dives into war's grim realities, with lines like "See the anguish of the parents/when they carrying the body of a baby that they cherish/when innocent people perish/it's a very thin line between a soldier and a terrorist." He explores the struggle of the working class on the soulful "Work Everyday," while "Say Amen" attacks wack rappers on both sides of the fence, over seriously raucous wah-wah guitars and thunderous live drums. Jake One's production is dope throughout, providing an unpredictable but always on-point backdrop to Ali's quality wordplay. Other standouts include "Namesake" and "Singing in Song."

EDITORS’ NOTES

One of the underground's most consistently dope voices, Minneapolis emcee Brother Ali has been churning out higher-level hip-hop since 2000, when he debuted with the small-run Rites of Passage. Three years later, Shadows on the Sun appeared; he's been a mainstay on the global indie-rap scene ever since, renowned for his personal yet relatable lyricism, energetic delivery, and rambunctious live shows. Mourning in America... is his fifth full-length, which picks up where his recent EP The Bite Marked Heart left off. The title track dives into war's grim realities, with lines like "See the anguish of the parents/when they carrying the body of a baby that they cherish/when innocent people perish/it's a very thin line between a soldier and a terrorist." He explores the struggle of the working class on the soulful "Work Everyday," while "Say Amen" attacks wack rappers on both sides of the fence, over seriously raucous wah-wah guitars and thunderous live drums. Jake One's production is dope throughout, providing an unpredictable but always on-point backdrop to Ali's quality wordplay. Other standouts include "Namesake" and "Singing in Song."

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