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Brother Ali: Hip-Hop from a Unique Perspective

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Brother Ali: Hip-Hop from a Unique Perspective

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Brother Ali: Hip-Hop from a Unique Perspective

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Brother Ali

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'The Undisputed Truth'

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On his latest album, The Undisputed Truth, Brother Ali raps about being discriminated against, about being poor and about finally having success in the hip-hop world. Though the themes may be familiar, they come from an unusual perspective.

Brother Ali is a minority, but not in the ways you might expect. First, he's a white rapper in a genre filled with mostly black artists. Second, Brother Ali is an albino.

Ali, who was born Jason Newman, converted to Islam when he was 15. He says that he felt like an outsider among white people, and has never identified with the word "white."

"I was taken in, early on, by black folks," he says. "Those are the people who taught me the things that I needed to know to survive being who and what I am." His album was released in April.

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