The seasoned emcee Brother Ali just dropped his 7th album Secrets & Escapes (Rhymesayers) to unsuspecting fans, produced entirely by Dialated Peoples own Evidence.
Secrets & Escapes is a compendium of Brother Ali’s time spent with Evidence, over the course of three trips to California, recording in a Venice garage with no regard for pleasing the internet or competing with the music industry. Evidence chopped up records on old-school samplers and ran them through a compressor (2 track) so they couldn’t be re-arranged or mixed. Brother Ali sat with the mic and spit rhymes as they came to him, without writing or organizing them into songs. Evidence smoked a lot of weed, Ali prayed extensively, and their influences on each other can be heard in the recordings.
During the recording process, at any moment the two were reminded of what they’ve worked on in the past, they would scratch it and start fresh. Guest appearances are made by Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, and CS Armstrong, who all came through to bless the project with contributions as well.
Brother Ali and Evidence are about to embark on a co-headlining tour supporting this release as well as their respective critically acclaimed solo projects – Brother Ali’s All The Beauty in This Whole Life, and Evidence’s Weather or Not. Dates are listed below.
Brother Ali + Evidence Co-Headlining Tour with support from Marlon Craft
11.07 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
11.08 – Fresno CA – Strummers
11.09 – Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
11.10 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
11.12 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
11.13 – Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone
11.15 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
11.16 – Seattle, WA – Nectar Lounge
11.17 – Vancouver, BC (CANADA) – Fortune Sound Club
11.20 – Boise, ID – The Olympic
11.21 – Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
11.22 – Fort Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre
11.23 – Denver, CO – Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom
Brother Ali Headlining Tour with support from Nur-D and DJ Last Word
12.11 – Lexington, KY – Manchester Music Hall
12.13 – Omaha, NE – Waiting Room
12.14 – St. Louis, MO – Ready Room
12.18 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
12.19 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue (+ special guest Evidence)
12.20 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge