Brother Ali Talks Donald Trump, Injustice & Creating 'All the Beauty in This Whole Life'
publish date: 2017-03-27
It’s been five years since Brother Ali dropped his politically-charged Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color LP. The album, which reached No. 44 on the 200, continued his legacy as an evocative, thoughtful, and socially conscious wordsmith with a powerful voice. Now, the independent hip-hop luminary is ready for his next chapter with his sixth album, All the Beauty in This Whole Life (due May 5).
“Now, more people are turning to politics and paying attention to what the administration is doing,” the Minneapolis-based MC tells . “So many helpful things are being said about that, but my new album is about looking inward. I’m happy that this is what I’m offering the world in this moment ... It’s not like there’s less of a focus on outward justice, but the reality is that the first and most important battlefield for fighting for justice is our heart."
Ali describes the album by quoting the poet Rumi. “I used to be clever so I wanted to change the world,” he says. “Now I’m wiser and I want to change myself.” Through that lens, Ali speaks to about racism, police brutality and president Donald Trump, while reflecting on his plight as a rapper, as a Muslim American and as a father.