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Professor A.L.I. is a Bay Area based, politically & socially conscious hip-hop artist who explores global issues from vantage points of both rage and hope. He accomplishes this by taking on the persona of ‘Black Steven’ channeling the anger felt by victims of worldwide oppression, yet leaves the window open for hope of a better future through his expression as Professor A.L.I.
With over a decade in the game as a member of various rap groups, A.L.I. has crafted his art; He met with his greatest success as part of the Hip-Hop duo ‘Stormshadowz’. Discovered while recording his third ‘Stormshadowz’ album by E-40, the Professor has climbed up the Hip-Hop ranks and now boasts a resume which includes having worked with a range of legendary artists from E-40 to Raekwon.
On May 12, 2011, Professor A.L.I. released his long awaited full length solo LP, “Carbon Cycle Diaries” which tackled controversial issues such as Corporate Hegemony, Global Warming, Islamophobia, and Police Brutality. The album features legendary artists Raekwon, Sadat X, Canibus, Killah Priest, Hussein Fatal of the Outlawz and Lord Jamar.
“’Carbon Cycle Diaries’ is a decade in the making; it’s my journey, my passion, my intellect, it is my very soul spit on wax… Everything I have ever experienced comes out in this culminating project. I learned a long time ago that a Professor has knowledge by an M.C. has the audience. Each track on this 20 song monster is laced with lessons for life, from both my teachers and life experience, addressing the issues which beleaguer our footsteps upon this realm,” Professor A.L.I.
The Professor followed up the positive critical response to his album with a second project entitled 'Emerald Manifesto' slated for an early 2012 release. The 'Emerald Manifesto' album features the work of artists like Blue Scholars, Prodigal Sunn, Shabazz the Disciple, Zion-I and the Jacka. The album continues to tackle global issues but lays the primary focus on the earth itself. Using spiritually laced lyrics to confront the issues that plague the planet.
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