L'Orange Enlists Oddisee, Blu and Elzhi On "The Ordinary Man"

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The Ordinary Man

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The third album from the producer.


L'Orange has previously produced full-length projects for the likes of Kool Keith, Mr. Lif, and Jeremiah Jae. On his third solo project, The Ordinary Man, he crafts an instrumental hip-hop album with a few guest appearances from familiar faces Del the Funkee Homosapien, Blu, Elzhi, The Koreatown Oddity, and Chuwee.

The album follows a two-year battle with hearing loss after tumors grew in the producer's right ear, and he nearly went completely deaf on that side. "It led me to writing more and trying to find other things that I enjoy,” L’Orange told Bandcamp of the experience last year. "At first, I spent a lot of that time depressed. I didn’t do much of anything for a while, but that was largely due to recovering from surgery. I had started seeing someone at the time, so I was able to put energy into something other than myself. In the long term, I believe going through this will help me stay inspired as an artist."

According to the Bandcamp description of the new project, "The Ordinary Man chronicles the narrative of a magician who discovered late in life that his peers weren’t actually pulling rabbits from hats. Crestfallen and disillusioned, he digs deeper to push his own show into uncharted territory, demonstrating ostensibly impossible feats for crowds too terrified to ask for the reveal. As the audience gradually realizes that his practice of the dark arts isn’t fraudulent, people from all around the world flock to him. Unfortunately, this loyalty to what he was rather than what he did becomes patronizing and dull—engendering a bitterness and disenchantment that leads him to finally disappear in front of millions of stunned onlookers." 

1. "Third Person"
2. "Blame The Author" Feat. Del The Funky Homosapien
3. "The Everyday Illusion"
4. "Parlor Magic"
5. "The Difference" Feat. Blu and Elzhi
6. "The Love/Hate Relationship Between Rabbits & Magic"
7. "Suspension"
8. "Stage Magic"
9. "Things Are Just Props" Feat. Koreatown Oddity
10. "Cooler Than Before"
11. "Plastic Fame" Feat. Chuuwee and Solemn Brigham
12. "Anywhere Is Just Everywhere I Haven't Been Yet"
13. "The Misery Routine"
14. "Look Around" Feat. Oddisee
15. "When I Vanish"
16. "Broken Wand Ceremony"

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