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Shadows on the Sun Explicit Lyrics

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 1 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Sonic Unyon Records
  • ASIN: B00009W2IX
  • Other Editions: LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,497 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Room With A View
2. Champion
3. Star Quality
4. Prince Charming
5. Win Some Lose Some
6. Pay Them Back
7. Blah Blah Blah feat. Slug
8. Shadows On The Sun
9. Prelude
10. Forest Whitiker
11. Bitchslap!
12. Back Stage Pacin'
13. When The Beat Comes In
14. Missing Teeth
15. Dorian
16. Soul Whisper
17. Picket Fence
18. Victory! (Come Forward)

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By A Customer on Dec 24 2003
Format: Audio CD
His full-length debut finds Brother Ali covering both familiar and new territory. There are several tracks where he has taken a courageous stance on the long-running debate about whack emcees (He's against them). He spits self-aggrandizing braggadocio on a healthy plural as well. Luckily for your reviewer gentle reader, he has the skills to back up most of it.
The finest battle track on the album, "When the Beat Comes In", showcases a rhyming skill that goes a long way towards proving his claim that he "has few equals and no superiors". That might not be completely true but that it's not too hard to swallow is as good a compliment as can be paid given how common a claim that is. His explorations through the darker side of life are well done and at times effectively disturbing. The upbeat, absurdly happy beats laid by Ant on "Prince Charming" contrast brilliantly with the dark revelation of a love interest becoming a stalker. His cut about domestic violence, "Dorian", is solid but doesn't quite go into the depth that the M.C. (Master of Commentary) Boots Riley might but it remains an effective track. The album is not without its missteps (He rhymes "Hell" with "Hell" for example, how very Jay-Z) but they are few and far in between.
Slug from Atmosphere makes two appearances as the only guest on the album hits effectively on both. The beats by Ant are solid throughout and on a few tracks exceptional. His style varies wildly but the album flows perfectly in spite of it. He does a kind of jazzy DJ Premier impression on "Blah, Blah, Blah". The driving, scratch-heavy beats for "B*tchslap!" compliment the intense lyrics of the track as good as could be done.
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SO HERE HE IS. Blah, blah, blah has some impressive one liners in the track. This entire cd consists of some pretty damn funny one liners. However, Ali takes it a little bit deeper than that. Not many people can relate when he talks about how hard it was to be socially accepted as an albino growing up, but you feel for him becuase of his description. There aren't a lot of people that I have come across that like the song "Prince Charming," maybe it's just because I got a girl that I can relate that to. But straightforward. Listening to this cd makes you think of one thing, straightforward. Ali does a great job of describing this from behind his eyes. Of course with Ant behind the boards, even the most vile (crappy) of lyrics can sound sweet. Don't worry about that with Ali, this is an impressive cd from front to back. Why didn't I give this 5 stars if it's so great? Honestly, 5 stars is a perfect album, the likes of which not many people have had the pleasure of listening to. RSE does consistently put out dope music, just never a perfect album. I do think that RSE will be the first to ever create the perfect album, but until then, we have Brother Ali, Slug, and Eyedea to hold it down (and very well I might add.) Eyedea is my favorite emcee from Rhymesayers so I wish that he would have had an appearance on this cd. Pick this up, if anything else; It won't disappoint. If you just get bored with everything else, this is a refreshing and nostalgic (taking it back to the golden days of hip hop) listen.
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A white Nas...actually, maybe a little better, (in my opinion) this album is so reminiscent of the 'street-poet' vibe of ILLmatic it's unreal. More than any hip-hop record I've been hip to in the last decade, Ali's "Shadows on the Sun" reveals an MC opening up and showing the listeners a past, pain, and a realistic perspective of life. Brother Ali is a dynamic, top notch rhymer, at times reminding me of Nas other times Eminem and other times Sage Francis. This album is wonderful because each and every stanza of his songs are connected, they are more than just verbal spouts that, while making good rhymes, have no real validity. Ali is a story teller. Many MC's attempt storytelling, and many more attempt original and effective rhyming. Brother Ali has hit both directly on the head. Listening to this album is like listening to urban Shakespeare. Brother Ali is by far the best MC out there, and as far as I can tell should be raking in twice as much as Atmosphere is in no time. Now if only he would collaborate with El-P...
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Strap in and buckle up, you're in for a hell'uva ride!
My friend turned me on to Atmosphere a few years ago, and I instantly grappled on. Brother Ali has been no different. His rhymes flow over the beats with einstein like intelligence. You won't find the constant shout-out's to his crew; (a..hem, G-unit) only carefully constructed rhymes and flows ("I flipped your eviction notice over wrote song on it"). The album is produced masterfully; the beats are catchy, dark, and unique. The opening track "Room With A View" gives you the dark view of his neighborhood, life, and culture. Six tracks later Ali has you dancing with funk on "Blah Blah Blah".
In summary this album is a must have. I found myself fading out on the last few tracks, but other than that you'll be playing this one for months to come!
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