Brother Ali and Locksmith Drop Lyrics Every Native Knows Too Well

Brother Ali and Locksmith released videos with visuals and lyrics that may resonate with Native Americans across Turtle Island. Take a look, and a listen.

Brother Ali, who has been producing a socially conscious and inspiring brand of hip-hop for 17 years, and Locksmith, a West Coast artist and producer, released videos this year that may just resonate with Native Americans.

Own Light (What Hearts Are For) on Brother Ali’s “All the Beauty In This Whole Life” album was filmed in Seattle, and features Tlingit and Athabascan actor Martin Sensmeier.

Martin Sensmeier plays a role in Brother Ali’s “Own Life” video.

Martin Sensmeier plays a role in Brother Ali’s “Own Life” video.


As Rolling Stone said in its coverage of the video, it’s all about Brother Ali giving praise.

“The video begins with beautiful words from my teacher, Dr. Umar Faruq Abdullah, whose guidance inspired not only this song, but the theme of beauty throughout the album. It was extremely important to [director] Dave Wilson and me to highlight the connections that unite people in all walks of life and spiritual traditions,” Brother Ali told Rolling Stone.

Check out the chorus from the track:

They’ve been trying to shut us down our whole life

I thank God for healing

You ain’t got to get me lit, I got my own light

Thank God for listening, listen

You’ve been trying to build me up my whole life

I thank God for building

You ain’t got to get me lit, I got my own light

I thank God I’m living

Watch the full video below:


If Own Light by Brother Ali touched you, Agenda by Locksmith will speak volumes. The song talks about stolen land, the made up concept of race, classism, separation of church and state, Native mascots, among other topics.

Check out some of the lyrics:

They say we living in a generation that’s full of gentrification

A gender based agenda is a genuine indication

Bicker back and forth about who controls the premises, but it’s all stolen land from the Native people indigenous

The remnants of a reverend is irrelevant

They justify the “why” through cinematic embellishments

Then we let elitists mislead us

The buffer?

Turn working class whites against all people of color

We suffer the same affliction through economic restrictions

Focus on skin tone while their pockets have since grown

It’s known; the black and white concept is just a myth

Until they could profit from it race didn’t exist

From the current face of a felon to the state that we fell in

To the fabrication and bait after Bacon’s Rebellion it was telling

They won’t stop until the spectrum is stretched

Till we see ourselves as one, we can never progress

Imagine if I came to your home as a houseguest

Murdered your whole family before the food could digest

Waited a hundred years to make an unlawful pack then put your grandfather’s face on a baseball hat, helmet or jersey

Watch the video, shot in black and white, below: