The Truth Is Here EP, Explicit Lyrics
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Here are nine tracks featuring three highly sought after B-sides and six new and previously unreleased songs. In addition to this EP is a full-length DVD featuring Brother Ali's sold out homecoming performance during The Undisputed Truth Tour in Minneapol
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I'll do a brief overview of both the CD and DVD.
More great beats from ANT (some reminiscent of Shadows on the Sun/Champoin) and of course, more inspired words of truth delivered with Ali's signature flow and passion. Once again, Ali invites you into his life and tells you what's been up lately. The first song particuarly, recaps some of the events that have occurred in his life over the last tour and what not. I won't give any stories away, but I will say that as always, Ali is upclose and personal. Also, as always, his words are well thought out and well placed, and his flow continues to be a favorite.
Basically, it's more great ANT and Ali doin' their thing. It's all there- the beats, the rhymes, the delivery, etc. If you have been a fan of Ali especially, you should in NO way be disappointed. With the new album out this fall, you couldn't wet your appetite any better.
This is a very nice addition to the Ali collection. The bulk of it is Ali's sold-out homecoming show at First Ave in Minn after The Undisputed Truth tour. In between the songs there are cuts of Ali talking one on one with the camera about the tour, coming home, his hometown (includes a take of him in his old hood), etc. The show itself is a great one. Good sound quality as well. I don't want to spoil anything, but the end of the show is cool.
Aside from the show and tid-bits in between, the music video for Uncle Sam is good and the behind the scenes was nice- it was filmed in DC in front of the Whitehouse and surrounding memorials. The video for "Take Me Home" was especially cool I thought. Ali plays a multitude of charters in everday life and the production is very good. It was also comical to see the part with him and BK One at the office in suits.
The last thing on the DVD was a treat- in part becuase I had not heard the song- "The Truth" from the Jake One White Van Music release from last Oct. I should be slapped for missing it- the album has it all- Ali, MF Doom, Slug, and too many to list. Anyway- the Freeway/Ali cut "The Truth" is on.
So botton line- get this, especially if you are an Ali fan. If you're new to the man, get this too, but listen to his other stuff first if you want to get a true appreciation for all the hard work and dedication this man has been putting into this music. It's nice to see him getting the props and sold-out shows he deserves.
Fresh off of his critically acclaimed sophomore album, "The Undisputed Truth", Ali picks up where he left off. Ali continues to grow as a person, and his music is a testament of his real life tales and struggles - the "truth" as Ali will continue to pound into your skull. He reaches listeners on a personal level, and this material is arguably his best to date, as I say with every Brother Ali release (even though "Shadows On The Sun" still my personal favorite). Ant's soundscapes continue to evolve with infectious funk, boom bap, and jazz flavored elements, among others. Every beat and lyric here is truly gripping in my humble opinion. My favorite cuts are "Real As Can Be", "Philistine David", "Palm The Joker", "Talkin' My Sh**" (my favorite), & the excellent closer "Begin Here". The DVD portion of this package is also very nice, which features a great concert at the legendary First Avenue club in Minneapolis. There is also a commentary track which is very interesting. Highly recommended to any hip-hop listener.