L'Orange and Jeremiah Jae- The Night Took Us in Like Family
If you are the kind of person who has a difficult time when an artist you like releases an album that is a little different than what you expected, then you probably don't understand why I've been posting so much hip-hop music lately. Truthfully, I am a child of the 80's, and this was the decade where the seeds of hip-hop started to bloom into an undeniable force of nature that could no longer be ignored by the masses.
Fast forward almost three decades later to 2015, a year where Kendrick Lamar releases an innovative mainstream record with heart and soul, and artists like Ghostface Killah, Adrian Younge and the aforementioned Lamar decided to incorporate live instruments into their usual repertoire of samples and programmed drum beats. Amongst this bevy of artists experimenting with new sounds is producer/rapper Jeremiah Jae, the leader of the Black Jungle Squad, a coalition of rappers and beat-makers from Chicago, IL. Jae's latest project finds him collaborating with L'Orange, a beat architect from Nashville, TN whose stock in trade is eclectic soul, jazz and psychedelic samples that sound like they were lifted straight from the dusty crates in an abandoned warehouse.
On The Night Took Us in Like Family, Jae's off-kilter flow meshes perfectly with L'Orange's dusty production, creating a hip-hop record that is listenable from beginning to end. There are no skits, no moments wasted and only two guest spots, an amazing verse from Da Gift of Gab on "All I Need", and an especially well-crafted verse from Homeboy Sandman on "Ignore the Man To Your Right. While on some of Jae's previous records I have found his lyrical flow to be a bit lackluster, it is on-point and heading straight for your dome on this record. Highlights are too many to mention, but the two aforementioned cuts are a great place to start, as well as the claustrophobic, piano-centric "Taken By the Night" and the stellar film-noir influenced "Kinda Like Life". The entire record plays out like the aural equivalent of a 30's gangster film set to dope beats and rhymes. This is a gangster rap for people who are tired of the same old tropes that have plagued the genre since the demise of N.W.A.
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