Alfred Banks, named one of Complex Magazine’s Top 10 upcoming New Orleans MC’s, continues to make strides in his musical career with the preparation of his third, forthcoming album, The Beautiful. The project, which is set to drop on March 20, is a conceptual piece that hits even closer to home for the UnderDogCentral mogul than just the NOLA city limits.
Inspired by his brother Orlandas’ debilitating battle with schizophrenia and the suicide that followed, the 12 track ensemble tackles issues with mental health and ultimately, one’s own identity. In a similar vein as J. Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only, Banks re-imagines his brother’s tale as if it were his own struggle, utilizing each track as a stepping stone to describe the schizophrenia growing within himself, while enlightening the public about the disease and it’s incredible impact.
Banks, who does not have schizophrenia in reality, uses his lead single, “The Funeral of Orlandas Banks,” to bring his brother’s story to the forefront of the conversation with a cinematic twist. The track opens with a somber moment of remembrance for Orlandas and his family before producer CZA unloads a drum driven flip of The Beatles’ “The Lonely People,” for Alfred to express his love and deliver a heartfelt eulogy regarding his brother’s untimely death.
Take a listen below and be sure to cop, The Beautiful, March 20.
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