This is why I'm so excited about this new track from L'Orange & Kool Keith, featuring Mr. Lif. This is my first exposure to L'Orange (who's based in Nashville, oddly enough), but I've been following both Lif and Kool Keith for years now. They're two of the increasingly rare rappers who've been around for a while but still have an interesting output. Put both on one track, and there's no way it can fail.
"Twenty Fifty Three" is a great song. It has a futuristic and western vibe, which leads to immediate comparisons to Deltron 3030 and Gorillaz. But L'Orange & Kool Keith have their own feel to it, and it feels like a Deltron/Wu-Tang mash up. It's a must hear for any old school hip hop fan, and maybe for new ones so they can learn what real hip hop should sound like.
The collaboration between L'Orange & Kool Keith, Time? Astonishing is due out July 24. You can listen to "Twenty Fifty Three" below, and head over to L'Orange's Bandcamp to hear another track ("The Traveler" which features J-Live). Since the album will also feature guest spots from Open Mike Eagle and MC Paul Barman, you'll probably want to pre-order it while you're there.