Brother Ali has never shied away from expressing his spirituality through music. The divine Minneapolis rapper and devout Muslim has earned wide critical acclaim for his deeply personal and socially conscious style of hip-hop. Ali’s latest album, and first in five years, All The Beauty In This Whole Life, represents the most recent chapter in the rapper’s celebrated journey.
Ali recently debuted an enlightening and metaphysical video for the album’s second single, ‘Never Learn’. The Kron-produced video was shot in New Mexico at Muslim-built worship and healing center Dar Al Islam. You may recognize some of the imagery as Dar Al Islam also served as the location of Tupac’s posthumous ‘Wonder If Heaven Got a Ghetto’ some twenty years ago. ‘Never Learn’ finds Ali in deep reflection illuminated by an omnipotent spiritual light. The video also features the synchronized choreography of Al Taw’am, twin dancers from Minneapolis whom Ali refers to as “royalty.” “Their movement speaks of their family legacy of dignified regality,” Ali said in a statement (via NPR) of the dancing duo.
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