</div class=img_thumbleft>In this week's cover story, Dark Star, Peter S. Scholtes profiles the hottest rap star in Minneapolis right now, Brother Ali: "At age 29, Ali Newman is the most acclaimed rapper from Minnesota next to his friend and label-mate Slug (Sean Daley), of Atmosphere. And he might have more commercial potential, judging by The Undisputed Truth, his third CD with local independent hip-hop powerhouse Rhymesayers, out this week. One minute, Ali's sonorous voice is a crowd-controlling force—as brash as anything since Run-DMC shouted down their own building-sized beats—and the next it's a whispery lullaby." Check out the cover story here, a photo gallery by art director Nick Vlcek here, and watch clips of Brother Ali performances here. Then come back to discuss.