Written by Ryan Lyons
The visual for Abdu Ali's "I'm Alive [Humanized]" highlights Baltimore in a majestic way. In it, there's roof shots overlooking the city and a running shot of the historic Druid Hill park. A group of Baltimore artists are together reading Black literature while drinking wine. Al Rogers is peeping a current popular book called The Beast Side, written by D. Watkins. The song and visual both become a reminder of where Baltimore's heart is currently.
On the down beat Ali belts “I’m alive, I’m alive, don’t be surprised.” He channels Baltimore songs that feel like spirituals but also make you want to dance. His voice accentuates the funky instrumental provided by another Baltimore native, Jpeg Mafia.
“Fuck your text books, I’m realer than a white crook.” - Abdu Ali
Ali's impending project, Mongo, promises collaborations with many rising Baltimore artists including Al Rogers, Butch Dawson, and Joy Postell. Also, watch out for his upcoming "I'm Alive" tour featuring Elon and Dyligens.