Us - Brother Ali
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  • Summary: The fourth album for the Minnesota-based artist features guests David "Stokley" Williams, Chuck D, Freeway, and Joell Ortiz.
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  1. This album is so near-flawless it would be easy to go on and on about how you need to hear it as soon as possible.
  2. On Us, his deeply humane new album, that mad-prophet intensity can be exhausting, exhilarating, and downright transcendent.
  3. Us is uplifting, thought-provoking, funny, heartbreaking, and bootyshaking.
  4. There aren’t any questions about the quality of Us, an album filled with exceptional music; it’s a downright excellent release.
  5. The smart tracks build up the complexity of Ali's persona, while the dumb ones diminish it. The juxtaposition of these two different modes creates a fuller exposition than what you'll find on most hip-hop albums.
  6. It's an album that draws its strengths from the simultaneous expression of sympathy toward the people in the songs and anger toward the shit they've gone through.
  7. As it stands, Us lies at a precarious crossroads of self-help preaching and black history compendium, succeeding at neither and exposing a serious disconnect between lyricist and producer.

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