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The Champion Ep [Explicit Lyrics]

Brother Ali Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Once Again! June 13 2004
Format:Audio CD
I had the good fortune of picking up Brother Ali's previous release, Shadows on the Sun, during a trip to Minnesota last year and that thing stayed in my discman for months. This summer, I went back to Minnesota and found the Champion EP waiting for me at the Fifth Element. Bought it...and here it will stay in my CD player for many more months. 9 new tracks all worth hearing again and again....well worth the price.
Clever lyrics, catchy hooks, and great stories....but perhaps the single most compelling feature is the sincerity which Ali treats his audience to. After having listened to his albums so many times, I feel a little bit different about the world...outraged by the world's injustices, but encouraged by the power of ordinary people. Music for the mind and the soul.
Often underground/alternative hip hop that comes out seems a bit too fascinated by being smart and unconventional. Mainstream stuff seems totally devoid of originality and all too often unconcerned with the world. Ali seems to bridge both worlds....being smart, but doesn't let this get in the way of making music that makes you move. In fact, lots of the stuff that Rhymesayers Entertainment is putting out is great....but Ali is the King.
If any artist deserves your money, Brother Ali does. Raw talent and wit, made sharp by a life well lived. Buy the album, listen to it, tell your friends.
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By DJ-H-OS
Format:Audio CD
Follow up to Shadows on the Sun but not an official full length release. Ali is getting so nasty its going to be hard for the industry to keep ignoring him, nobody spits with the agressive intensity he displays on this album, maybe ISelfDevine from the Micranots but thats about it. Best tracks are Bad Ma F**ka, Sleepwalker, and Rain Water. RSE is the best label period everything they put out has been quality recently. Cant wait for the full length.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "thaz wut i'm talkin bout" July 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
another classic cd a must have for all you rhymesayers Hip-Hop heads i got to give my respects to brother Ali cuz his style is original ass f?ck and he's D.T.E.(down to earth) when it comes to his vocabulary.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once Again! June 13 2004
By "bigtobacco" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I had the good fortune of picking up Brother Ali's previous release, Shadows on the Sun, during a trip to Minnesota last year and that thing stayed in my discman for months. This summer, I went back to Minnesota and found the Champion EP waiting for me at the Fifth Element. Bought it...and here it will stay in my CD player for many more months. 9 new tracks all worth hearing again and again....well worth the price.
Clever lyrics, catchy hooks, and great stories....but perhaps the single most compelling feature is the sincerity which Ali treats his audience to. After having listened to his albums so many times, I feel a little bit different about the world...outraged by the world's injustices, but encouraged by the power of ordinary people. Music for the mind and the soul.
Often underground/alternative hip hop that comes out seems a bit too fascinated by being smart and unconventional. Mainstream stuff seems totally devoid of originality and all too often unconcerned with the world. Ali seems to bridge both worlds....being smart, but doesn't let this get in the way of making music that makes you move. In fact, lots of the stuff that Rhymesayers Entertainment is putting out is great....but Ali is the King.
If any artist deserves your money, Brother Ali does. Raw talent and wit, made sharp by a life well lived. Buy the album, listen to it, tell your friends.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 and a half stars Aug. 13 2004
By NorthgateEmcee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This EP is fire from front to back. BA is my favorite emcee in the game today, his flow, delivery, and lyrical content really set him apart from other emcees, espescially on the underground. I for one live for this underground hip hop, but a lot of it tends to be redundant. Brother Ali has a style unlike any other emcee I have ever heard, and believe it or not, Ive done heard em all. The only reason this album doesnt get 5 stars is because of the length. I get sad everytime its over, and its over relatively quick. I cannot wait for his next full length release, because this album and shadows on the sun have me on the edge of my seat, waiting for more. Standout tracks include "self taught", "rain water", and "love on display". Those are my favorites at least, but all of them are fire, and any other person could pick out a totally different list. BA puts tons of emotion in this EP, and really defines himself as one of the most heartfelt artists in music today.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please Take A Moment And Listen To This Brother Preach Oct. 13 2005
By Solution - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Brother Ali's EP Champion is that non stop boom bap sound that listeners have been longing for. Produced by Ant(Atmosphere) and executive produced by Slug(Atmosphere). Ali has a diverse background being of Muslim faith and being Albino(which Ali speaks about from time to time and the struggle of being a Muslim albino that he has had to face while growing up), only makes Ali's heartfelt lyrics a dominant force in hip hop. My favorite cut off this album would have to be "Rain Water" an ear filling track mixed with a little soul and hip hop and Ali speaking to listeners about going through life's everyday obstacles. Another great release off the Rhymesayers label and solidifying it's place among hip hop's finest.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hits hard with a touch of soul, bad MF'er indeed!!!! June 16 2004
By DJ-H-OS - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Follow up to Shadows on the Sun but not an official full length release. Ali is getting so nasty its going to be hard for the industry to keep ignoring him, nobody spits with the agressive intensity he displays on this album, maybe ISelfDevine from the Micranots but thats about it. Best tracks are Bad Ma F**ka, Sleepwalker, and Rain Water. RSE is the best label period everything they put out has been quality recently. Cant wait for the full length.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What you waiting for??....a written invitation?? (buy it already!!!) April 3 2007
By fetish_2000 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A 40 minute EP, that has so many five-star reviews??...can this be right??.....judging by my own listen through of this tremendous EP, the reviews are spot-on. `Brother Ali' (a verbally hard-hitting devout practising Muslim), is armed with a collection of strong views on the worlds state of affairs, and his place in society in general, Forget Gangster posturing, or tales of getting paid and laid, or even dissing other rappers with amusing put-downs....what Brother Ali deals in, is the world around us, and our relatively low placing in amongst it. Everything taken into account, digested, examined, and outputted in a staggeringly complexity, and pinpoint articulation that seems beyond his years. All delivered with a self-awareness and compellingly assertive manner, that grips the attention, with his ability to crack open common conception/perception, and shine a spotlight on it, for all to see.

There's a strength in his conviction that makes for a thrilling listen, and if anyone is disenchanted with hip-hop's fascination with all things material, and that hip-hop hasn't had anything interesting to say for years. Then they could do well to give this disk a spin. Lyrically things are intense, confrontational and treading that fine line between slightly aggressive and mostly angry. But ironically on the flipside, it's impressively literate, and confident, and thinks with its mind, instead of its fists....with a deep understanding of the subject matter, and able to deliver in a way, that doesn't lump this in with hundreds of generic rappers, that think relentless rage, equals meaningful expression. (kind of like the Way "Public Enemy's - Chuck D", was aggressive, but in possession of the facts, and well-read, and thus made you think, about what he had to say...).

So you might be surprised to hear that the production backing Brother Ali's lyrics, isn't bass heavy, thudding beats, designed to shake the walls of a nightclub, but actually sounds like it favours, sampling, beat arrangements, that are relatively spacious, and touch upon the more melodic end soul/R&B grooves, that blend soul, blues and jazz, to create a surprisingly laid-back vibe. (Courtesy of "Atmosphere"), and makes for acutely different listening experience, having the rapid-fire delivery of Brother Ail, work alongside some of the relatively smooth hip-hop/Soul backing tracks, that are sparse enough to allow Brother Ali, to let loose, with the minimal of interruption.

For an EP that is 40 minutes long, this is truly remarkable stuff....I bought this EP and it's full length predecessor "Shadows of the Sun" (which I have yet to listen to), at the same time, and I've (Bizarrely) stuck this EP of my first listening experience of Brother Ali, and whilst listening to it, I was just wowed by his stunning ability to lay this all down on record, and express a level of consciousness, and ability of Weaving intricate stories, that is staggering in many places. Yeah!!...I know loads of people boast how music such as this, is a million miles away from the garbage you hear on T.V. & Radio, and how this is `Real' Hip-Hop (whatever that is...), but the fact is, they are right!!, this is so far ahead of what's out there, that it ceases to be funny. In fact one of the very few criticisms, I could TRY and dig up, to try and give this a (relatively) balanced review, is by saying that Brother Ali, seems to lack even the occasional sense of humour, and he may have a certain bias through his Muslim beliefs. But who cares??...this is one of the most brilliantly written, and impressively crafted hip-hop albums in recent years, and it's less concerned with sounding good, whilst your rolling in your ride, and more interested in making you think, long after you've removed the CD, from your CD Player (although that's months later, for some of you). Whether your into thinking man's Hip-Hop, Indie Hip-Hop, or you just wanna listen to hip-hop that isn't concerned with dumbing down the music/message, in an effort to get regular MTV rotation (poor MTV, they really do come in for a verbal bashing, in Amazon reviews don't they??), then it's time to open your wallet (or purse), and make the purchase, for one of hip-hop's most sorely underrated acts.
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