Brother Ali

Shadows On The Sun 15th Anniversary Tour:

Brother Ali

Busdriver

Fri · November 30, 2018

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$24 in advance - $75 VIP Meet And Greet

This event is all ages

This show is sold out, but you can sign up for the waitlist here.

Brother Ali
Brother Ali
Over the past 17 years, Brother Ali has earned wide critical acclaim for his deeply personal, socially conscious, and inspiring brand of hip-hop. Under Rhymesayers Entertainment, he’s unleashed a series of lauded projects, establishing himself as one of the most respected independent voices in music. The latest chapter in that celebrated journey is All the Beauty in This Whole Life, a 15-track collection produced entirely by Atmosphere’s Anthony “Ant” Davis.

"This entire album is based on the reality that beauty is the splendor of truth" says the Minneapolis MC. "Beauty in all of its forms is the outward manifestation of love and virtue. It soothes the soul and pulls it gently toward the truth it communicates. Every word and note of this album is intended to either reflect beauty, or expose the ugliness that blocks us from living lives of meaning."

All the Beauty in This Whole Life is Ali’s first official release in five years and represents the newest and most refined chapter of his life's journey. "Each of my albums are the result of the pain, growth and eventual healing that I experience. Articulating the pain and navigating the healing allows the people who really feel my music to travel with me. It's not only that we hurt together, we heal together as well."

Contrasting intensely heavy moments with joyous and grateful ones, All the Beauty in This Whole Life arrives right on time, to help heal a divided nation through the power of music. Ali wouldn’t have it any other way. "In times of great suffering in the outside world, the most important battles start from within."
Busdriver
Busdriver
In rap music, there are few names attached to a career of envelope pushing more so than BUSDRIVER. And rather than making safer art late in his career, Driver has veered further to the left for his latest offering, ‘Electricity is on our Side’. The bulky, cumbersome album finds Driver in peak form; sardonic, self-effacing, casually apocalyptic and inspired. From the first and title track of the record, its clear that this is one of the most musically adventurous releases from the independent rap phenom. The entire affair plays out like an ode to bedroom underground rap, various 'beat musics’ and an off-kilter take of LOS ANGELES jazz, tempered by a revery of The Goodlife Cafe and a commitment to the ancestor’s walking orders via the cryptic mantra, ‘ELECTRICITY IS ON OUR SIDE’.



With added production from the legendary Freestyle Fellowship band, The Underground Railroad; electronic music trailblazer, Daedelus; instrumental hiphop wiz, Swarvy, longtime collaborator Kenny Segal and more, the record corrals a host of powerful ideas under a general theme of inner peace and a healthy amount of nostalgia. Within the ethic of ‘Electricity is on our Side’ we are regarding the body as a conduit more so than an individual body. The fluid interplay between nature and oneself is fostered by an inner alignment with this fundamental force, electricity. So the records overall theme reaches for a reaffirmation of one’s connection to all life around him/her. This ethic is poured into the folk hip-hop production methodology used to produce most of the record’s sound, giving the overall affair a rough edge and perhaps a truer urgency. So electricity is on our side simply means “the body works, utilise it!”.
Venue Information:
Cornerstone
2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant)
Berkeley, CA, 94704
http://www.cornerstoneberkeley.com/