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Brother Ali, ‘The Undisputed Truth’ (Rhymesayers)

As befits an albino Muslim MC, this Minneapolis stalwart sets out to embody apparent contradictions. But the “thugged-out nerd” who peppers battle raps with Koranic wisdom is something way sexier and smarter than the “Howard Stern meets Howard Zinn” hybrid he suggests.He’s a doting dad who bristles with electric decency at everyday injustice and crows that “for me, ‘not broke’ is rich.” Producer Ant perfectly underscores Ali’s gruff cadence, simultaneously self-assured and stressed, with a melodic lope that scrunches soul vocals underneath loops of bluesy guitar.

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