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Brother Ali's new video really gets into the blood

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider under Music, Minnesota musicians Updated: August 30, 2012 - 2:43 PM

 

Remember when music videos just used to feature silly lip-synching rock stars and lots of dancing girls? A day after Bob Dylan issued his gory, knee-capping-happy video for “Duquesne Whistle,” the Huffington Post premiered another violent, blood-splattered clip by Minneapolis’ own Brother Ali. At least in the case of Ali’s “Mourning in America” -- the would-be title track from his Sept. 18 album, “Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color” – the video actually fits the subject matter of the song, one of Ali's fiercest, hardest-hitting tracks ever.

“A life is a life, and a killer is a killer,” the rapper bellows over scenes of military soldiers pointing machine guns and (hoodie-wearing) street soldiers waving pistols. The song flips the notion of terrorism, stating that governments employ it, too. “Warfare is the terrorism of the rich,” is another of the lines, while one scene shows an inmate receiving a lethal injection. There are no Berenstain Bear references here. But hey, there are still dancing girls in the video! Check it out below.

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