Finally, a little hip-hop for FMB.

Brother Ali — your standard albino Muslim rapper out of Minneapolis — made some waves in the underground hip-hop world with his debut album Rites of Passage, and then blew up pretty big with 2003’s Shadows on the Sun.

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Then four years passed, during which Ali ran into label troubles, a nasty divorce, and even a period of homelessness. He has emerged from the trials newly energized, with a new album — The Undisputed Truth — that contains his trademark mixture of raw honesty, old-school production, and righteous flow. It’s the best hip-hop album I’ve heard in a while.

This song is the first on the album, called “Whatcha’ Got.” Most of the album features the head-bobbing, soul-inflected beats typical of producer Ant, but this one sounds hard, almost like N.W.A.

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