Released on the anniversary of MLK’s assassination, Killa Kyleon’s Lorraine Motel EP finds the rapper in his most revolutionary mode to date.

“Just ’cause we black on black, they beat us black and blue…”

Conscious raps are far from new territory for Killa Kyleon. The Team Run It General just last year collaborated with Jack Freeman last summer on the latter’s “What Do You See” movement, inspired in part by a desire to raise voices in light of issues facing Black people.

Even with that, something feels different about Lorraine Motel, Kyleon’s latest EP which drops on all digital outlets Tuesday. Perhaps that’s due to the symbolism of it – the fact it’s being released on April 4th, the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination at the titular site. Or perhaps that’s due to how focused it is. Kyleon, at his best, can deliver bars at a furious pace and demolish any given man’s beat (see #30Days30Deaths). But the usual furious nature of the rapper’s rhymes, takes a backseat on Lorraine to Kyleon’s calls to start a revolution. Song titles like “Skin is My Sin” and “Freedom Ain’t Free” back their powerful titles up with even more powerful storytelling.

On the boards, Lorraine Motel is powered by the likes of Cory Mo, Charity E. Vaughn, Trakksounds, Albie Dickson and Jayell, to name a few. On the features front, Killa Kyleon gets a little help from Jack Freeman, Delorean, Dante Higgins, Scotty ATL, Rich Andruws, and Lil’ Brent.

The album sonically feels like a time machine. If not for contemporary references to “the ‘Gram” (“Trust Me”) or Jordans (on lead single “Killin Over Jays”), Lorraine Motel’s strumming guitars and old-school instrumentation would make it sound like it was recorded in the ’60s. The Scotty ATL-assisted “Mind of A King” even dips into the blues while depicting both artists’ desires to “see [their] dreams” in spite of forces conspiring against them.

Lorraine Motel‘s sixteen tracks are mostly sober reflections on the plight of being Black in America. Listeners haven’t even fully settled into the album before Kyleon assaults them with hard truth on track two, “New Slave”; and Delo continues his best year ever thus far with a solid appearance on “Redemption.” But there are moments of affirmation and positivity, as well. Standout cut “Strong Black Women,” for example, serves as an anthem that gives Black women some of the credit they deserve.

Stream Killa Kyleon’s Lorraine Motel project for yourself now down below, by way of Spotify. The album is available now on iTunes. Sadly, a Black Panther membership by the album’s end is not included.

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