Brother Ali is a white hip-hop lyricist who was born and raised in the United States’ ‘Midwest’ region. Born in Wisconsin in 1974, he settled along with his family in Minneapolis, Minnesota aged 15 in 1992. It was around the same time that Ali (birth name Jason Newman) converted to Islam, and began practicing the religion habitually. Influenced further by a school trip to Malaysia focusing on the study of the lesser exposed liberal side of his new found religion, Newman soon turned to hip-hop as a medium through which to vent his views and opinions. Ali is also an albino, a fact which often dictates his portrayal in the popular media.