"Truth is here / the truth is here / I said the truth is here the truth is here." The 10th anniversary reissue of Brother Ali's The Undisputed Truth is here. The Minnesota rapper is no stranger to woke rap, and this 2007 underground hip-hop classic, produced by Atmosphere's Ant, showcases the him in top form, aggressively getting at political woes as well as sharing his internal conflicts w/ lyrical dexterity you would expect from a Rhymesayers member. The beats feature chopped up soul samples and meticulous drum programming (the reggae vibe on "Truth Is" is a delightful curveball), and the style is perfect for Brother Ali's thought and emotion-provoking bars. Highlights include: "Freedom Ain't Free," "Take Me Home," "Uncle Sam Goddamn (Verizon infamously pulled Ali off of a tour due to the contents of this track)," "Walking Away," and "Lookin' At Me sideways." This is the limited edition 3LP clear vinyl reissue w/ the third disc featuring b-sides, unreleased tracks, and a set of 4-track recorded demos never before released.
reviewed by marble cake floors 05/2017