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ABDU ALI - DID DAT [PROD. MIGHTY MARK]

In collaboration with Mighty Mark, Baltimore club anthem, Did Dat is a track created to empower black and brown folk to feel beautiful about who they are despite the anti blackness culture they live in provoked by white supremacy.

ABDU ALI - I'M ALIVE [HUMANIZED]

In collaboration with JPEGMAFIA, Abdu Ali produces a track to encourage self actualization between him and the audience who looks like him. In this video you see Abdu gathering with other black folk and highlighting and honoring prolific liberating texts from black authors, as he prepares to sacrifice his life for the freedom of his people.

Abdu Ali - I Exist (Live from The Crown, Baltimore) [Snippet]

Electra Llama does a video feature of my performance.

Mongo (Self Released) 2016

This is my most recent project, a full length mixtape, MONGO that was released in April 2016.

Credits:

All album art by Elliott Brown Jr.

Please credit photographer if using imagery

Mixing & Mastering by JPEGMAFIA, MIGHTY MARK, & MR. 14TH

Lyrics are available in each song's description box. All lyrics by me, except the vocal features, who made their own lyrics.

Production credits on track listing.

Artist Statement in a short essay

i wanted to give up. ovah and ovah again. why? look at me, then look at the world i live. you see what im saying? life for me, aint been no crystal stair. do i even have a life? do i own one? i got a lot of debt. broke af, cant really obtain the wealth america promised me. am i here? is my life alive?

i believe i do have a life because…i cant give up. esp after witnessing the shade of it all in my city, post freddie gray's death. vividly i saw through that moment and still what i see today, are the attacks from media, all the systems, and the white hooded neighbors…is something that can really bring a bitch down. so im surprised by the fact that i am still here. after the shade of it all, i still rise. Maya Angelou, is that you?

something in me. the fire inside that makes me feel like no road cant be unconquered. what is that? i say its my mother’s hand, my lineage, my ancestors. the voodoo. the music. the music keeps me alive. the drums, the beat, and voices, (that cant ever be mimicked). my genetically passed down unbothered mien to be so me. to be black. even after being bleached a thousand times. my blood aint sterile. that pain i felt last april provoked the energy, the fire, to rage a bit more. my vision became a bit more focused. so my music became more and my performances became more. this mixtape, MONGO is who i am and what i am for what i be. its only for us. Mongo, I consider to be the blk self care mixtape consists of: Anthems Mantras & Narratives. Fela, Marvin, Nina, Lauryn, Tupac, Octavia E. Butler, and Miss Tony, I see what y'all was saying now. I know what I gotta do. I just gotta do me through us. The revolution is not just communal, it can also be an individual protest through thy work, sweat, or screams. Energy is infectious like the many systematic diseases that plagued our people. Teach one, teach all. also our other experiences are worthy to be art, our love trials, being queer and black, missing our deceased loved ones, or consuming the fruits of the green, because the self care is important. all of that deserves a song too. but I still don't know what it is that keeps my fist up, my hair nappy, and my skin so gold. but what i do kno is that me and u gonna get thru this. for some reason we have to. Is it just justice? is it the return of the black gods? deep down we know they will be back. cause one thing is for sure, the sun don't hurt me none. RIP PRINCE (CONTROVERSY IS THE REASON WHY I THOUGHT I COULD MAKE MUSIC). - ABDU ALI

Track List:

  1. TAKE ME TO DA WATA
    • PRODUCED BY ABDU ALI & PANGELICA
  2. IM ALIVE (HUMANIZED)
    • PRODUCED BY JPEGMAFIA
  3. ANTI.CHIP ft. JPEGMAFIA & ELON
    • PRODUCED BY JPEGMAFIA & ABDU ALI
  4. TEARS OF A BLACK MOVA
    • PRODUCED BY DJ HARAM
  5. HOW? (FIGHT BACK)
    • PRODUCED BY GOBBY
  6. DID DAT
    • PRODUCED BY MIGHTY MARK
  7. BOY BYE
    • PRODUCED BY MR. 14TH
  8. SIRENS ft. JOY POSTELL & AL ROGERS
    • PRODUCED BY BUTCH DAWSON
  9. KEEP MOVIN (NEGRO KAI)
    • PRODUCED BY MENTAL JEWERLY & ABDU ALI

ALREADY (Self Released) 2014

COVER ART X ABDU ALI

MIXED AND PRODUCED BY SCHWARZ ENGINEER MICHAEL BIRNBAUM IN A MUSICAL COLLABORATION WITH SCHWARZ, I DECIDED TO TAKE IT BACK HOME. THIS IS MY HEART IN RAW FORM, THE PUREST FORM, IT BEATS AT 130 BPM, HARD, WITH LOVE, FEEEEEL ME. ALREADY is "used to describe a situation that exists now and that will continue to exist"and in Baltimore when we say "ALREADY" to a person we are validating that a something between each other, like a love or loyalty, exists and will continue to exist 4EVA.

Infinity Epiphanies (Released on Araçá Recs) 2014

Premiered by The Fader, "Infinity Epiphanies" is a limited, edition, vinyl 45 is released by local record label, Araçá Recs and is available at select stores in Baltimore and Brooklyn and shipping worldwide. Artist Statement: "Infinity Epiphanies is a vogue battle, short, powerful, and cathartic. It's relentless and restless music for the real. P.S. Have hope and faith. The epiphanies that provoke us to move are infinite. The fruit that hovers over us day after day after day after day is waiting for you to grab it. Yes, the world is grey like used up coal --- but you must remember to never get caught up in inertia, even when the world ends. The energy since the beginning of the universe is still inside of us giving us the power to seize and conquer." - Abdu Ali

Push + Slay (Self Released) 2013

Artsist Statment

"it's almost been a year since i dropped invictos. i wilted. i grew. and now i got this: PUSH + SLAY. it’s an epic with micro-nonfiction and monologue like songs, exported epiphanies for your gut that entails the come up by voguing against the petty shit of the world (like pigs), and questing for the covered beauty that's very rough to discover. it reveals my urges, frustrations, and pleasures i have in life. very personal, very intimate.

peaches smell like honey, a scent has pushed me to slay, even if it was miles away from the hood where i grew up at. thank god for my crystal eyes to see that octarine. you know, if the world is in somebody else’s hands, take that shit with no mercy. don’t give a three fucks and be buck. be polite though, kind, and try to have a transparent attitude. conquer buddha style. PUSH + SLAY , is conjured up sounds for the future, with a bass that’s like 1000 hearts coming up from the darkness pumping in your face all to get the body/spirit/mind motivated. experimental? naw my niggas this is real life. this is for my classic trill mothafuckers who like to break their backs and rock their heads against the skyline. so PUSH + SLAY, be hardcore, be ready to die, be a warrior, get gen and get in." - #BMOREF4EVA -Abdu Ali PUSH + SLAY Cover Art: Xavier Schipani Mastered By: Adam Straney TRACKLIST: HUSTLE DA APPLE (MATIC808) NIGGA BELIEVE (SCHWARZ) CRYE (LORD BABY) TORNADOES IN THE ALLEY (LORD BABY) MAD AMBROSIA (LORD BABY) BLEED (JAMES NASTY) FUCK WIT DIS (JAMES NASTY) TOLD EM’ [PIG WIGZ] ( SXYLK REMIX X MAGARHOUR) MACHETE WARZ (SCHWARZ) THORNZ (SCHWARZ)

A Look into My Live Set / Winner of City Paper Best for Best Live Act 2016

I pride myself in the performance aspect of my music. My performances have been a huge foundation in the success of my work. I perform all time and have done many many tours. I also try to make sure to tour with local underrepresented artists from Baltimore to help, empower, and give exposure to us and the music scene in the city. This is an archive of all my tour posters.

Kahlon, The Creative Agency - Founder

I am founder and the creative director of Kahon, The Agency, an organization based in Baltimore that's invested in changing the artistic climate of the city.

Kahlon was inspired by the lack of creative platforms, especially in the music scene, for underrepresented people like black and brown folk, womyn, and the LGBTQI community. In the Summer of 2014 Abdu Ali, the founder of Kahlon, The Agency, teamed up with Lawrence Burney, Chanel Cruz, and DJ Genie to start Kahlon to create a more inclusive music event that represented the diversity of the creative world within Baltimore City and putting black and brown artists to forefront of these events. For the visual component of Kahlon, digital illustrator and multi disciplinary artist, Theresa Chromati was appointed as the flyer designer for all Kahlon events and Jedicom, a projection artist help establish the physical ambience for Kahlon events. For the past two years Kahlon has hosted performances by Princess Nokia, Juliana Huxtable and Dan Deacon, as well as beautiful art installations from Jedicom.

Now Kahlon is a creative agency that is working on changing the artistic climate of Baltimore and making it a more productive space for underrepresented creatives.

Kahlon focuses on uplifting and exhibiting various modes of production by people who are often oppressed and misrepresented. In addition to furthering Kahlon’s impact through a robust curation of musical acts, Kahlon has expanded to include “The Cut Up Series,” a diverse platform for exhibitions and arts/music programming set in Baltimore. As a creative agency we utilize the strengths of the artistic and cultural communities within Baltimore to bridge the gap between multiple levels of class, race, and gender, thus strengthening the community through events that are geared toward accessibility.

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About Abdu

Baltimore City - Station North A&E District

“…a glorious mess of noise, industrial, punk, pop, and hip-hop.” - Afropunk Erected from the ghettos of Baltimore, Abdu Ali raps, sings, and chats over unorthodox and future sounds, creating music that’s visceral, spiritual, and very real. From his energetic visceral performances, spiritualizing... more

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