‘The Mad Writer‘ is one of the most underrated hip hop albums released in 2012 and it is definitely the most creative. The LP is the brainchild of the ridiculously talented North Carolina music producer and poet L’ORANGE, whose originality is second to none. Drawing influence from the early 1900s, L’ORANGE ingeniously frames beautiful vocal performances and inspirational lyricism with a purely classic Film Noir feel. My favorite track on ‘The Mad Writer’ is “Alone” featuring the impressive vocal stylings of BLU and when you hear it, I am sure you will agree.
“Alone” starts out with a clever movie quote montage that is quickly becoming a signature feature in a L’ORANGE production. Blu’s lyrical flow is smooth and nicely paced giving off a vibe similar to a Rakim or A Tribe Called Quest rhyme. A repetitively simple “all by myself” female vocal bobs and weaves around the track adding a gorgeously melodic counterpunch to the song. “Alone” ends exactly in the same way that it begins and I feel thoroughly entertained afterwards. A feeling hip hop doesn’t give me very often these days.
If you haven’t checked out ‘The Mad Writer’ album yet you need to do so immediately. L’ORANGE also released a brand new video for the “Alone” track which you can watch below. It fits the song perfectly!