ATMOSPHERE

London Music Hall presents

ATMOSPHERE

Brother Ali, Dem Atlas, Plain Ole Bill and Last Word

Sat, November 5, 2016

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$27.50

This event is all ages

Brother Ali
Brother Ali
I've lived and loved the culture of Hip Hop since I was in grade school, 1985. I use to study and memorize the greats like Melle Mell, Slick Rick and Whoodini. When KRS-One, Rakim and Public Enemy came out in the late 80's it blew my mind. I started writing and recording my own songs in Jr. High. By High School I was battling in cyphers everywhere I went and rockin' school dances.

I met the Rhymesayers crew in the late 90's and learned the next level of DIY music. Ant and I started working together in '02. We made Shadows On The Sun and I started touring in support of Atmosphere (my label-mates and big brothers).

We toured constantly for the next few years with comrades like Brand Nubian, Immortal Technique and Rakim. The Champion EP dropped in 04 and we kept it moving.

Our last major release was The Undisputed Truth in Spring of '07. I had a great couple of years because of that record. My crew and I did our first headlining tours in the US, Canada and Australia. I was featured in The Source Magazine's "Hip Hop Quotable" and Rolling Stone's "Artist To Watch" columns. I played on TV a few times including Late Night with Conan O'Brien (Mint Condition backed me up for that one). I did a US tour with Rakim and Ghostface Killah of Wu-Tang Clan. I was also blessed to tour Europe and Australia several more times with Atmosphere.

This past March we released the final chapter in the Undisputed Truth movement. "The Truth Is Here EP/DVD is a collection of music that ANT and I made during the few precious breaks we had from our tour schedule. The DVD is my sold-out homecoming show from The Undisputed Truth Tour.

Ant and I just released our latest full-length album "Us". Whereas my last projects have been strictly autobiographical, this album opens the lens to showcase the amazing and sometimes tragic lives of my friends and loved-ones who have shaped me as a man. I hope that by illustrating these stories that are so dear to my heart, I might shed some light on how similar we all really are. Society makes us think we're in different worlds because of our race, religion, class, sex etc. I tried to make something that shows how alike we really are.
Description
Fully recharged and inspired by his eye-opening first trip to Mecca, the 2011 uprisings in the Middle East, and the world wide Occupy movements, Brother Ali is prepared to unveil his fourth full-length offering Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color. Created during a self-imposed two-month exile in Seattle and helmed by platinum-selling producer Jake One (50 Cent, T.I., Wiz Khalifa), the album presents a scathing yet honest critique of America and its many flaws while simultaneously presenting a hopeful outlook of its possibilities. Preceded by the release of free music downloads with accompanying music videos such as "Shine On," "Writer's Block," and "Not A Day Goes By," Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color is the pièce de résistance.

In an age of hip-hop where the paradigm of swag over substance reigns supreme, few emcees are willing to use their platform to tackle the hot-button topics and pressing social maladies of our time - but it's apparent that Minneapolis-based hip-hop artist Brother Ali is one of those few. Over the course of 14 tracks with assists from esteemed author/ professor Dr. Cornel West, revered Southern hip-hop icon Bun B, and Def Poetry Jam poet Amir Sulaiman, the album brazenly holds a mirror to the idiosyncrasies of American life while simultaneously painting a vibrant portrait of its wondrous potential. Actualizing hip-hop's full range of motion as a gage for the times, Mourning In America and Dreaming In Color asserts itself as the definitive soundtrack of a disenchanted, disenfranchised, and wildly optimistic citizenry during a landmark period in American history. In a moment of artistic preemptive strike, Brother Ali recognized this prime opportunity to examine and address the underpinnings of the burgeoning stance of mass opposition:

"This is not just a new album, but a new chapter. There's a kind of democratic reawakening in people at this point in time. I was really looking to take these topics and really hit them hard. To try to open ears and hearts and invite people to take some action and feel empowered. To be engaged and take some agency and responsibility for what's going on in the world."

Melding the zeitgeist of classic works such as Ice Cube's critical 1991 album Death Certificate and Marvin Gaye's 1971 sociopolitical opus What's Goin' On with his keen observations on topics such as race, the Occupy movement, and the hypocrisy of war, Brother Ali has crafted a fresh lyrical approach and dynamic new sound - the result is a stunning collection of hard-hitting lyrics and beats.

The state of the union address commences with "Letter To My Countrymen," a spirited appeal to fellow Americans with a tailor made guest vocal from Cornel West. Brother Ali speaks on the institution of poverty on "Only Life I Know" while the quasi-autobiographical "Stop The Press" addresses his albinism, the death of his father, and his remarkable yet challenging journey through hip-hop. "Mourning In America," in part the album's title track, offers a brutally honest look at America's convoluted and hypocritical relationship to murder. Featuring a searing verse from poet Amir Sulaiman, "Gather Round" is a battle cry to the masses to take an ardent interest in the social ills plaguing society. Brother Ali puts underemployment and hyper consumerism in the face of socioeconomic turmoil on blast on "Work Everyday." "Need A Knot," featuring the voice of Bun B, finds Brother Ali skillfully veiling a series of odd jobs in analogies of illegal hustles. "Namesake" is the seldom-told tale of a pre-fame Muhammad Ali – one of America's most dynamic personas whom Brother Ali is also named after. The set ends with the outro "Singing This Song," a track that showcases another one of Brother Ali's passions – speaking engagements. The song features highlights of Ali's riveting public address at a mass demonstration demanding justice for Trayvon Martin.

Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color, in all its sonic and lyrical glory, promises to be both the voice of a burgeoning new critical American consciousness and the beacon of hope for those that hold fast to its ideals and potential.
Dem Atlas
Since signing to indie heavyweight Rhymesayers Entertainment in late 2013, deM atlaS hasn't wasted any time in spreading his brand of Hip-Hop music across the world. Steadily on the road since his signing, he was able to find the time to release his unofficial debut, DWNR, in late 2014. DWNR was a special release because each cover was uniquely hand-drawn by deM atlaS himself. Released to critical acclaim, the first pressing of over 1000 copies sold out within 48 hours.

"DWNR, his grunge-influenced Rhymesayers debut, is deeply melancholy, and splits the difference on 'depressed' and 'party mode'" -Pitchfork

deM followed the release of DWNR with major festival plays around the country, and supporting label mates Atmosphere on the "North of Hell", "Welcome to FL" & "Fortunate Tours".

After taking a break in France to record an album with french super group Ursus Minor, deM is gearing up to release his second EP in the fall of 2015.
Venue Information:
London Music Hall - CA
185 Queens Ave.
London, ON, N6A 1J1
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