I Against I is the third official full-length studio album by Bad Brains, released in 1986 as SST Records number 65. The highest selling album in the band's catalogue, I Against I is a critically acclaimed album of American hardcore punk mixed with funk, soul, reggae and heavy metal. It is also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. The album featured an MTV video for the title track directed by Paul Rachman who later went on to direct the documentary feature film American Hardcore.
The title I Against I presumably refers to a common Rastafarian phrase, I and I, which is used in place of the first-person plural (i.e. we) in order to signify the union of the speaker, audience, and Jah (God) in love and peace.
It is interesting to note that the vocals to "Sacred Love" were recorded over the phone from prison, while H.R. was serving time on a marijuana distribution charge. This was due to suggestion from the producer.
There is song collaboration of Massive Attack and Mos Def with the same name, and another by Jedi Mind Tricks.
The popular Canadian teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation, which is known for naming each episode after an 1980s hit song, named an episode after the song "I Against I".