Rapper Brother Ali spent much of his life in the upper Midwest, including Michigan, where as a child he was introduced to breakdancing and graffiti and rapping. In 2003, his debut, “Shadows on the Sun,” included a song, “Forest Whitiker,” that spoke of his albinoism. The next few years were tough for Ali, a devout Muslim, as he dealt with a divorce and struggled for custody of his son.
All of that provided fodder for his music, and in 2007 he second record, “The Undisputed Truth,” hit shelves. His 2009 effort, “Us,” advocated a return to true hip-hop, followed in 2012 by the more political “Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color.”
He performs at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at Wild Buffalo, 208 W. Holly St.. Bambu opens. Tickets are $18 advance, $20 at the door. Details: wildbuffalo.net.