Tonight at the Gargoyle: Brother Ali

| Cadenza Reporter

Hip-Hop artist Brother Ali will perform in the Gargoyle on Wednesday night.Courtesy of Rhymesayers Entertainment

Hip-Hop artist Brother Ali will perform in the Gargoyle on Wednesday night.

Despite all the confusion about dates, times and venues, Brother Ali will be performing tonight in the Gargoyle at 9 p.m. An independent hip-hop phenomenon, Ali came onto the scene with his 2000 demo tape, “Rites of Passage.”

Since then he has been climbing the Billboard charts with three full-length albums and two EPs. “The Undisputed Truth,” released in 2007, is politicized, self-aware hip-hop with tracks such as “Uncle Sam Goddamn” railing against the “land of the thief, home of the slave.” You’ve got to give credit to a rapper who seamlessly weaves Biblical allegory, Roman mythology and early American history into his rhymes.

Ali’s most recent album, “Us,” takes a more introverted approach, dealing with topics like drug abuse, homophobia and divorce. Fans of Sage Francis and P.O.S. should be on board, and if you’re into politically and socially conscious hip-hop, this is a show not to be missed.

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