Brother Ali Gives It Up For The President-Elect

Michaelangelo Matos | November 5, 2008 4:30 am

There will certainly be a shit-ton of hip-hop songs celebrating Barack Obama’s victory last night, but Brother Ali, the bullish Minneapolis rapper, has already posted a free MP3 of his new Marvin Gaye-sampling “Mr. President (You’re the Man).” It’s obviously rushed, but Ali’s not just laying back (not that he ever does, vocally or lyrically): when he hollers, “Almost feels right this time,” the emphasis as much on “almost” as on “right.” Other choice lines: “The first time in my generation/This nation has had this real race conversation”; “Let’s have a campaign to change us from within.” [Rhymesayers Entertainment]