From the congested e-mail inbox of the A&E editor: Brother Ali


Striking, pale rapper Brother Ali is readying for a months-long tour—with a stop in Boise at The Venue on Saturday, Oct. 3—behind his new release, Us, due out on Tuesday, Sept. 22 on Rhymesayers Entertainment.

According to the press release, the CD "touches on the strengths and flaws of the human condition, exploring drug abuse, divorce, homophobia and many more topics that most people are scared to touch in their own lives, much less on an album for the world to see."

Born with albinism, Minneapolis, Minn.-based Ali had an additional hurdle to jump to gain entrance into and acceptance by the world of hip-hop. He did it with style, complex wordplay, a bit of self-deprecation, a big bundle of ego and an understanding of just how far a kick-ass, funky beat can take a track.

The funky beats on Us, like those on Ali's 2007 release, The Undisputed Truth, come courtesy of Atmosphere's Ant, also on Rhymesayers and also with new music and a new tour (on which Boise is not a stop).