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  • Summary: Produced by Jake One, the fifth album for the Minnesota rapper features guest appearances from Dr. Cornell West, Amir Sulaiman, Choklate, and Tone Trezure.
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Letter to My Countrymen
I used to think I hated this place Couldn't wait to tell the president straight to his face But lately I changed, nowadays I embrace it all Beautiful... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Sep 28, 2012
    Ali touches on every heavy topic under the sun but it's the more personal anecdotes, like flying home from Europe to attend his Dad's funeral or coming off tour to find his son neglected and injured that hit hardest and make Mourning in America worth copping.
  2. Sep 26, 2012
    Ali is a mess of contradictions, but his latest effort proves how well those contradictions work together. Mourning In America is another amazing album by Ali, hip-hop's best street preacher.
  3. Sep 19, 2012
    Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color takes an inspiring and heartfelt stance, representing another triumph for the resilient and complex orator Brother Ali.
  4. Sep 19, 2012
    Layered viewpoints, bittersweet situations, and complicated anger flow out of this articulate effort, but the sweet trick of the album is how approachable it is, living up to its title with equal shares of Mourning and Dreaming.
  5. Sep 21, 2012
    Jake One helms all 14 tracks, and the Seattle native's distinguished soul production provides the necessary thump throughout, proving that one-producer-one-MC formula works superbly for this juncture.
  6. Sep 19, 2012
    Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color is more of a refinement than a deviation for Brother Ali, even though there's one prominent change that could set off questions.
  7. Sep 19, 2012
    It's mellifluous and clear in its delivery, but this points up Ali's limitations at the same time; the inflexibility of his style and the limits of his vocabulary.

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