shadows on the sun is perhaps the best sleeper cd of 2003. brother ali has incredible presence on the mic and he commands the ears of his listener, which is good for you and me because he is also an ill lyricist. he seemlessly tells intriguing stories and shares the pain, happiness, and frustration that he feels in all of his songs. the reason this record is so good is because it fits so many different purposes. you can just jam out to the beats, which are, for the most part, extremely well done, or you can concentrate on the words and be amazed by ali's rhyming. the cd fits both cases perfectly, which is quite rare. the cd is also quite refreshing because ali sounds unlike any other emcee out there. when you blend ill beats, an ill rhymer, and a hot new sound, you get a very, very good cd, which is exactly what shadows on the sun is.