St. Lunatics' Ali Preps Solo Album

Rapper's LP described as 'more of the classic MC thing, compared to Nelly's album.'

St. Lunatics' next batter is up.

Ali will follow in the footsteps of leadoff hitmaker Nelly by releasing a solo album.

The album was finished last month, just before the St. Louis hip-hop

ensemble went out on MTV's inaugural "TRL" tour, according to Rich Travali,

who has mixed all of the St. Lunatics' projects to date.

"It's more of the classic MC thing, compared to Nelly's album," Travali

said. "Nelly is more melodic, though Ali does have some of that also. And

all of the Lunatics are well-represented on the album."

Ali's album does not have a title or release date, according to a Universal Records spokesperson.

Jason "Jay E" Epperson, the producer behind Nelly's breakthrough LP, Country

Grammar, and St. Lunatics' Free City, manned the boards for Ali's


Nelly is the only other member of the St. Lunatics, which also includes

Murphy Lee and Kyjuan, who is recording a solo album. The

rapper is recording the follow-up to Country Grammar on his bus on

the "TRL" tour (see "Nelly's Studio On Wheels Heading To Nellyville").

For an interview with St. Lunatics, check out "St. Lunatics: Crazy From The Heat."