Secrets & Escapes

Brother Ali - Secrets & Escapes
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2019 Ratings: #359
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November 1, 2019 / Release Date
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Rhymesayers / Label
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First time listening to Brother Ali and this is so damn good
At 33 minutes barely over EP-length, this surprise release by Brother Ali is an unexpected treat - Secrets & Escapes is a truly great project, despite its short running time and total lack of pre-promotion. Written and recorded in its entirety over the course of three trips Brother Ali undertook to Los Angeles and entirely produced by Dilated Peoples' Evidence, Secrets & Escapes consists of 11 tracks, with guest features from Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, C.S. Armstrong and Evidence ... read more
Brother Ali's murky follow-up to the brilliant and optimistic All the Beauty in This Whole Life finds an underrated rapper giving in to self-pity. It's a disappointing return to the mean, lyrically uninteresting and lazily delivered, moody but toothless. Even so, the biggest crime is the transition fans must endure after following up Ant's flawless production style on the last album with Evidence's uninspired effort here - it's an ill-advised and dramatic drop in quality, less like a step down ... read more
Edit: It is 2020 now (4/29/20) and this project has aged beautifully. Listening to this album front to back again and man it has even grew more on me. This is sorrowful , smooth and just great.

You gotta love Brother Ali. My dad put me on to this dude a year or 2 ago and ive been loving him ever since. "Shadows on the sun" has slowly become one of my favorite albums of all time and All the beauty in this life was top 5 of 2017. This release was a suprise out of nowhere but i was so ... read more
awesome great music dope lyrical evidence produced perfect amazing
dope music lyrical guest features great dope hip hop classic
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Track List

  1. Abu Enzo
  2. Situated (feat. Pharoahe Monch)
  3. Greatest That Never Lived
  4. Father Figures
  5. Apple Tree Me (feat. C.S. Armstrong)
  6. Red (feat. Evidence)
  7. Secrets & Escapes
  8. De La Kufi (feat. Talib Kweli)
  9. Red Light Zone
  10. The Idhin
  11. They Shot Ricky
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Added on: November 1, 2019