While large white albino Muslims don't generally make for traditional pop music celebrities, that didn't stop Brother Ali (born Jason Newman) from pursuing hip-hop superstardom. The Minneapolis-based MC is a member of the Rhymesayers crew, and frequently works with other Rhymesayers stalwarts such as Slug and Ant. His often outspoken political lyrics, rejection of traditional notions of success and beauty, and fiercely independent approach haven't garnered him any favors with the mainstream. Still, Ali's amazing mic skills, infectious songwriting, and undeniable integrity have made him one of the underground's most intriguing figures. He toured with Ghostface Killah and the legendary Rakim on the 2007 Hip Hop Live! tour.