In 1999, he co-founded the Grammy nominated all-star trio Lucy Pearl with Dawn Robinson and Raphael Saadiq. The group’s organic fusion of funk, rock, R&B, and hip-hop revealed Ali’s expansive musicality.
After Lucy Pearl, Ali released his very personal solo debut LP Shaheedulah and Stereotypes, featuring some of his proteges.
Ali has worked with a range of artist from Angie Stone, D’Angelo, “Doc” McKinney, Greg Osby, John Legend, Merna, and The Weeknd to name a few.
In 2013, Ali received an invite from Adrian Younge to work on The Souls of Mischief’s There Is Only Now, album. The results ignited the birth of The Midnight Hour. It is a blend of Muhammad’s jazz-inflected chord progressions, and Younge’s psych-drenched soul. With appearances including Raphael Saadiq, Cee Lo and a re-imagined version of Luther Vandross’ “So Amazing.”
With 30 a year career span under his belt Mr. Muhammad is far from slowing down. He and Younge scored the music to the Netflix/Marvel series Luke Cage. They have a number of projects slated for 2019. When asked about the follow up to his solo album Muhammad simply says, “workin’ on it.”
~Bio written by Andre Torres