We’re still many months off from getting the new album by Brother Ali (a fall release date is the word), but the dude has been dropping tunes in the interim like Hansel spilling bread crumbs. The latest song, “Not a Day Goes By,” arrived without any warning this morning with an accompanying video. It’s a doozy, too. This might be the fastest-tongued track Ali has ever issue, almost Twista-like and especially evocative of his late pal Eyedea. It’s available as a free MP3 download here.
Word from Rhymesayers is this is just another random, one-off track and won’t be on the album. It might be a hint of what’s to come, though. Jake One produced “Not a Day Goes By” and was also Ali’s primary collaborator on the new album (his first without Ant). Ali also dropped seven new songs for free in February as an EP, “The Bite-Marked Hand.” When a fan rightfully raved about the EP at a SXSW show in March, Ali made a comment that those songs weren’t even good enough to get on the album.
It appears our favorite albino Muslim dad rapper is going through quite a prolific period. Let’s not forget the (now-false-sounding) gem “Writer’s Block” from late last year. He also delivers a slamming verse on I Self Devine’s new album, “The Sound of Low Class Amerika,” in a song called “Living Under Seige.” Perhaps that means we might catch Ali at I Self’s release party Friday at 7th Street Entry. Otherwise, we probably will not see him until Soundset on May 27, for which he is playing host and not doing his own set. Between now and then, he is touring Europe with Grieves and Budo.