Last year, Alfred Banks (recently nominated for three Best of the Beat awards) released The Beautiful, an album inspired by his late brother’s battle with schizophrenia and his eventual suicide. In a mark of true artistry, Banks translated his grief into music and the resultant LP is undeniably his most striking to date.
Just today (February 20), OffBeat shared news of Banks’ debut appearance at French Quarter Fest and now, we share his latest video. “Vice” (produced by and featuring CZA) is one of The Beautiful‘s stand-out cuts and its visual accompaniment emphasizes the album’s conceptual framework. In it, Banks (who also has Dappa as a co-star) exhibits signs of his elder brother’s illness, battling paranoia-inducing voices encouraging him to appease his carnal and arrogant personalities. As he explains, “At my brother Orlandas’ funeral, I had to leave early to head to a show. This song’s me trying to get back in ‘Rap Mode’ still dealing with the pain of losing a sibling. Around this time (in the album), The schizophrenic voices start to develop. The entire track has double meaning.”
Check it out below, and click here to visit the video’s HipHopDX premiere.
In October, OffBeat.com spoke with Alfred Banks about his plans for 2018. “I still want to to create and I want to start being more consistent, so I’m putting out these E.P.s I’m doing one with E.F. Cuttin, who produced the whole thing. That will be a four-track joint. I’m also working with Malik Ninety Five on another project, which will be a new, more current sound for me. Another E.P. is going to be with [The Beautiful producer] CZA.”