Armed with a new track and an accompanying video, Brother Ali returns to action in anticipation of his forthcoming EP The Bite Marked Heart. The 7-song release – which is set to drop on February 13th – will boast production from Jake One and Atmosphere’s ANT and, best of all, it won’t cost you a penny.
The first drop from the project, “Shine On,” finds the Rhymesayers spitter in comfortable territory, complete with melodic raps and a well-written narrative. On the production tip, Jake One proves fully capable of slowing the tempo on his brand of understated, organic soul, while fellow Minnesotan Nikki Jean lends her vocals for the chorus.
Brother Ali is a proven storyteller on the mic, but the visuals for this one – directed by Dave Wilson – are a nice complement to the tale of attraction at the core of the song (it helps when music videos aim for something a little more lofty than capturing a series of performance shots). We’ll let you decide whether Brother Ali’s romantic methods are smooth or a just wee bit on the creepy side.
Grab the mp3 for “Shine On” here.