|Birth name Jason Douglas Newman|
Genres Hip hop
Name Brother Ali
|Occupation(s) rapper, producer|
Spouse Tiffany Newman (m. 2008)
Years active 1998–present
|Born July 30, 1977 (age 46) (1977-07-30) |
Origin Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Role Hip-hop artist · brotherali.com
Associated acts Classified, Slug, Immortal Technique
Record labels Rhymesayers Entertainment, Warner Music Group
Albums Mourning in America and Drea, The Undisputed Truth, US, Shadows on the Sun, Rites of Passage
Similar Slug (rapper), Grieves, Ant (producer)
An intimate conversation with brother ali hosted by usama canon
Ali Douglas Newman (born Jason Douglas Newman, July 30, 1977), better known by his stage name Brother Ali, is an American hip hop artist, community activist and member of the Rhymesayers Entertainment hip hop collective.
- An intimate conversation with brother ali hosted by usama canon
- Brother ali freestyles over the 5 fingers of death on swayinthemorning
- Personal life
Ali was born in Madison, Wisconsin with albinism, a disorder characterized by the complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes. He moved with his family to Michigan for a few years and then settled in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1992. He attended Robbinsdale Cooper High School in New Hope, Minnesota. He began rapping at age eight.
Ali converted to Islam at age 15 and followed Imam Warith Deen Mohammed. During this time, Ali was selected to join a group of students on a Malaysian study tour, in which they explored the way that a more liberal Islamic society could peacefully coexist with different religions.
Brother ali freestyles over the 5 fingers of death on swayinthemorning
On August 13, 2007, Brother Ali appeared on The Late Late Show and performed his single "Uncle Sam Goddamn" from The Undisputed Truth. On October 19, 2007, Ali appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and performed "Take Me Home" from The Undisputed Truth. On December 16, 2009 Ali appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and was featured with late night band The Roots.
On April 4th, 2017, Brother Ali appeared on The Combat Jack Show: The Brother Ali Episode.
Ali has a son, Faheem, from his first marriage, and his music frequently addresses his role as a father, parent, and husband. Ali remarried in 2006. The song "Real as Can Be" off his EP The Truth Is Here says he also has a daughter on the way. In the song "Fresh Air" on his September 2009 album US, he goes on to say "Just got married last year/ treated so good that it ain't even fair/ already got a boy now the baby girl's here/ Bought us a house like the Berenstain Bears."
Ali often makes fun of the media's constant urge to mention his albinism condition in the first lines of their reviews or newspaper articles. He is also legally blind which is caused by his albinism.
In an article entitled The Art of Mourning in America, Brother Ali said his favorite food is sweet potato pie. The interview was conducted during the Month of Ramadan and Ali performed a freestyle: “life long Starvation every month is Ramadan, walk in the crib and I'm surprised that the power's on.”
Many of Ali's themes of social justice are incorporated into his lyricism, though he also takes part in activism outside of the music. He primarily focuses on themes of racial inequality, slavery, and critiquing the United States government, though overarching themes of hope, acceptance, and rising from sorrow are also often present. Much attention was garnered through Ali's album, The Undisputed Truth, as it heavily criticized much about the United States' political system. After the music video for Uncle Sam Goddamn was released in 2007, it quickly gained much attention, and shortly after, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security froze a money transfer to his record label.
In 2012, Ali was arrested along with thirty-seven others while occupying the home of a Minneapolis resident to fight the house's foreclosure. The goal of the protesters was to block the eviction of the family through their assembly and occupancy, but they were unsuccessful. Ali ended up using his celebrity as a platform to discuss these events, and bring them to the attention of his audience.
Ali deals heavily with the notion of privilege, and focuses on bringing to mind issues that are all too often ignored within our society. He stated in an interview with Yes! (U.S. magazine) magazine that "The best definition of privilege I’ve heard is anything you don't have to wrestle with, that you don't have to think about". Ali feels a certain obligation to act politically, as he is unwilling to sit aside after experiencing all he has. He states, "I feel like that's my job, and I feel like within the last few years I fully woke up to that, found the courage to understand that, and stepped out like that".