On Saturday the Inner-City Muslim Action Network hosts an event called “The Fiercest Urgency of Now” at the Harold Washington Cultural Center. The centerpiece of the evening is a concert featuring local hip-hop heavies Mick Jenkins and Rhymefest. Minneapolis rapper and Rhymesayers standard-bearer Brother Ali headlines, which is a pretty great excuse to revisit his most recent album, 2012’s Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color.
“Just Fine,” today’s 12 O’Clock Track, appears only on the full-length’s deluxe edition, and its carefree air helps it end on an uplifting note. Brother Ali spends most of Mourning in America distraught over society’s ills, but on “Just Fine” he’s more concerned with the finding a way to do the things that fulfill him: “The weight of the world is heavy on my mind / There’s too much to do and never enough time.” Brother Ali sounds at ease as he rap-sings the chorus, and the tune’s harshest element—its blown-out percussion loop—has a similarly relaxed, tuneful flow.
Doors for “The Fiercest Urgency of Now” open at 6 PM and the show starts an hour later; tickets are $10.