Ali, of the platinum selling group St. Lunatics, and "Dirty South"
impresario Goodie Mob alum Big Gipp will be releasing their
collaborative debut album, Kinfolk, August 15th. Kinfolk comes following
up their appearance on the #1 hit track 'Grillz' with Nelly and will be
on his record label, Derrty Ent., an imprint of Universal Motown
The first single off the album, "Go 'Head," is an anthemic summer song
that combines "Midwest swing" with southern crunk and is produced by up
and coming St. Louis native Trife. "Gipp and I started hanging out a
while back and found that we had a lot in common," says Ali. "We're both
considered leaders in our crews, we're fathers and even though we have
different styles, we respect each other's skills." Gipp describes their
collaborative effort as "the best of both worlds-- the St. Lunatics
kicked off the Midwest movement and Goodie Mob helped establish southern
rap, that's why I say it's the best of both worlds. Plain and simple."
In that spirit, Kinfolk has a mix of songs featuring "St. Louis" kin:
Nelly, Murphy Lee and Derrty Ent newcomers, Chocolate Tai and Avery
Storm; "Atlanta" kin Cee-lo and other southern all-stars include
Juvenile, David Banner, Three 6 Mafia and Bun B. The album collab also
contains a mix of mid-west and southern producers including the St.
Louis hit-makers Jason "Jay E" Epperson and The Track Starz, Atlanta's
uber-producer Dallas Austin and other talented newcomers.
Ali made his debut on Nelly's 9X platinum groundbreaking debut, Country
Grammar (2000). The St. Lunatics member was also featured on the groups'
platinum certified album, Free City (2001). In 2002, he released his own
noted solo album, Heavy Starch. Ali guested on various albums including
the Longest Yard soundtrack as well as the Coach Carter soundtrack. Gipp
has been one of the main cogs in the "Dirty South" movement since the
mid-'90's as a leader of the groundbreaking, platinum-plus group Goodie
Mob. The thought- provoking, Atlanta based foursome broke down the wall
of East Coast/West Coast dominance in 1995 with their debut album Soul
Food. The pioneering group's subsequent albums, including 1998's Still
Standing, and their steadfast alliance with fellow "Dirty South" phenoms
Outkast, forever cemented their reputation as one of hip-hop's most
innovative groups. The original members began embarking on their own
journeys in 2002, with Gipp releasing his first solo album, Mutant
Mindframe, in 2003.