What do I need to know?
The War on Terror in its current form began after the attacks of September 11th when terrorists committed attrocities on the U.S. It’s the military campaign that has taken soldiers to various parts of the globe to combat Al-Qaeda. It has also led to loss of life on both sides with no real end in sight.
What’s the story?
On Mourning in America Brother Ali aims to convince that a War on Terror and those perceived to be the terrorists is truly in the eye of the beholder. While Ali touches on the many issues with the military campaigns overseas, he mainly uses domestic examples of acts of terrorism and the ramifications of warzones that resemble any impoverished hood in America. This is important because it holds up a mirror to those who may be dealing with the exact same fears, challenges and issues of the “enemy.”
Who’s the true guerilla
When the bomb on your body killing innocent civilians
But a life is a life and a killer is a killer
You’re at a desk chillin’ push a button kill a million
See the anguish of the parents
When they’re carrying the body of the baby that they cherish
When innocent people perish
It’s a very thin line between a soldier and a terrorist
Is it any good?
The entire Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color album is a nice piece of sonic work by the Minnesota Rhymesayer. The title track along with Letter to my Countrymen are examples of Ali’s more overt political statements on the record. He can spit with the best of them but I am appreciating his increasing focus on statements and messages while avoiding being too preachy.
Type of knowledge dropped?
Political and cultural no doubt.