One of the great things about music in the modern age is that there’s so much of it, it’s impossible to stay on top of it all, which also happens to be one of the most frustrating things about music in the modern age. It was with much delight and simultaneous chagrin that I came across North Carolina producer L’Orange and Chicago rapper Jeremiah Jae’s new album, The Night Took Us in Like Family. Apparently L’Orange has been around for some time and seriously how the fuck am I just finding out about his work?
Without fear of exaggeration I am happy to say this is some of the best hip hop I’ve heard in some time. They somehow manage to stay true to the roots of hip hop without falling into the trap of backpack rap, which is what happens far too often in less talented and innovative hands. The flows are quick, nimble and raw and at times I swear Jeremiah Jae sounds like Q-Tip on a Tribe track. That alone is reason enough to share, L’Orange’s incredible beats aside. The whole album is solid but for now get a fresh taste of this: