On the 48th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination, Killa Kyleon released a heavy mixtape titled after the location of the shooting. The 16-track tape is full of powerful language surrounding one message, that nothing has changed for the black community, except switching from a rope to a gun. The dream died with MLK as Killa Kyleon spits and I don’t think ever heard something more powerful.
The EP had me in tears, actual tears. Which sounds ridiculous but isn’t that the whole point of music? To give the audience your message and open up minds to the truth of our society? To make you feel something? The album made me feel something I never have; powerless. I’ve never connected to hip hop the way I did during my first time through each song, at times I just sat at awe of how real and raw the language was. There are very few albums that have spoke to me like this, in a way that I need to do something, even if I don’t have the power too.
Each track of Lorraine Motel flows seamlessly together for one message, hope. Killa Kyleon speaks to empowered females and men waiting for change. In the tracks, Mind of a King (feat. Scotty ATL), the lyrics are a battle of a man trying to understand if Martin Luther King Jr’s dream will ever come true for the community during his life, as it has been almost half a century and we are still in a race war.
The Houston Native says, “The project is directed at what’s going on in today’s society within the black community as a whole,” Kyleon says. “It’s not a one-sided commentary, it deals with the treatment people of color have been receiving from law enforcement and how we are programmed and influenced by social media, television and the culture of hip-hop to treat each other as well. As a race and culture, we need to stand together, but also take accountability for our actions. I feel the black American dream and ideal died when MLK was murdered in Memphis.” (VIBE Magazine)
This EP is in a pile with many others (already released and upcoming) calling out the current political climate, with Trump in office but also Obama not doing enough while he held the nation in his hand. Similarly to Joey and even Kendrick, Lorraine Motel’s bigger message is that we all have to get involved, that this is war for our kids to live a better life – so they can play outside without having to worry; that if the government isn’t going to help, we have to do it ourselves. No more sitting around and waiting for change, we have to be the change we want to see; but we can’t just stick together when there is injustice. Instead we should stand for all crime, regardless of the parties involved.