Blood splatter? Check. Malcolm X sound bites? Check. Six-armed woman in a burqa? Errr ... check!
That's just a sample of what you can expect from Brother Ali's music video for "Mourning in America" - the latest single from his forthcoming album, "Mourning in America and Dreaming in Colour," which is slated for a Sept. 18th release.
Directed by Todd Angkasuwan, the video, which is mostly black-and-white, features an array of arresting images, including dead soldiers, police brutality and suicide bombers. It’s a stark depiction of the bellicose nature of our post-9/11 society and the myriad issues that it's plagued with.
Replete with airtight verses, excerpts from Malcolm X's landmark speech "The Ballot or the Bullet" and an explosive hook that would sound more at home on an Eminem or Odd Future single ("Murder, Murder, Kill, Kill, Kill"), "Mourning in America" is a far cry from some of the more existential diatribes that Ali's been busy doling out in recent years.
But those familiar with our Quran-thumping wordslinger’s humble beginnings won't be all that surprised. "Mourning in America" is no-holds-barred militant backpack rap that takes no prisoners; it has all the fire and fury that made early releases, such as “Shadows of the Sun” and “Rites of Passage,” so intriguing and essential. And if it wasn’t for his immaculate flow and raw earnestness, Ali’s cynicism would be too heavy-handed for some. However, that’s not to say the message behind “Mourning in America” is really all that radical (or original), to say the least.