Us

User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22

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  1. ArthurS
    Dec 7, 2009
    10
    Amazing album. Ali makes lyrics that you really can relate to.
  2. AnthonyM
    Nov 10, 2009
    10
    This is hot. In all seriousness, I don't think there's a better rapper out there. There may be a couple who are just as good, but no one is better.
  3. DaleW
    Oct 30, 2009
    8
    The vibe on "Us" tends to be slower and more mellow than previous releases, but this is the album Brother Ali needed to make: more mature, with less autobiographical songwriting. Half of the tracks are about himself, the other half are true, heart-wrenching stories from other's difficult lives. Great, intelligent songwriting and more excellent beats from Ant. I initially like each The vibe on "Us" tends to be slower and more mellow than previous releases, but this is the album Brother Ali needed to make: more mature, with less autobiographical songwriting. Half of the tracks are about himself, the other half are true, heart-wrenching stories from other's difficult lives. Great, intelligent songwriting and more excellent beats from Ant. I initially like each new Brother Ali LP less than the previous, but they grow on me and soon become my favorite. I'm sure it'll be the same with "Us". Expand
  4. KendoJ
    Oct 14, 2009
    8
    8.5 I have precious few rap albums in my collection. Those few are awesome. This is now one of them.
  5. BigTyBeatdowns
    Oct 7, 2009
    10
    I'm a little mad at pitchfork for rating This instant classic they way they did, and they seem to be the best online rating website that I've found. This is the most riveting album to come along since man what album can I say here? the blueprint? maybe there have been other albums that literally force you to stop what you are doing and sit down and listen, but I can't think I'm a little mad at pitchfork for rating This instant classic they way they did, and they seem to be the best online rating website that I've found. This is the most riveting album to come along since man what album can I say here? the blueprint? maybe there have been other albums that literally force you to stop what you are doing and sit down and listen, but I can't think of any that have been this demanding. I did not think that hip would continue to reach these kinds of levels but thanks to brother ali it has. Every song is enjoyable and at their best they force you to think, not only about your life circumstances but the choices that have been made throughout American History. He actually forces us to ponder our own existences. What other album out this year has done that? Exactly. This Album kicks ass on everything else out this year Hip Hop or otherwise. Expand
  6. MycroftW
    Oct 7, 2009
    9
    Ant's beats are good as always, but Ali's raps are even better. If the worst thing you can say about someone is that he's somewhat reminiscent of Organized Konfusion-era Pharoahe Monch, than he's got to be straight fire.
  7. TaherT
    Oct 2, 2009
    10
    Brother Ali has all makings of the immortals! He has voice, flow, originality and overall greatness.

Awards & Rankings

Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. What gives Brother Ali's slice-of-life ruminations their impressive heft is the rapper's eye for everyday detail and the handmade appeal of his vintage-funk arrangements.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.