Brother Ali – Just Fine b/w Dreaming in Color

5 out of 5

Label: Rhymesayers

Produced by: Jake One

Two ridiculously good tracks, showing off two sides of Ali.

Just Fine is Brother Ali’s soulful style, appreciating life over the smoothest drum roll and bass / guitar lines from producer Jake One. Dreaming Color is the flip-side: aggressive, ‘Just Fine’s “let’s worry about our problems tomorrow” mentality exchanged for spitting about how Ali is always representing his messaging, every day – the production here is cavernous and room-filling, a fuzzy low-end and loud ass drums.

Great lyrics and vibes on both, and obviously well juxtaposed. In retrospect, it makes sense that these were left off the Mourning in Color album, as they’re a little too soft or harsh for that disc’s overall approach.