Beginning with snippets of his older brother’s funeral service, Alfred Banks‘ “The Funeral Of Orlandas Banks,” borrows heavily from The Beatles’ 1966 Yellow Submarine song, “All The Lonely People,” and ties it all together with a dedication to his fallen family member, who committed suicide at the age of 33.
“I miss my brother a lot,” Banks tells DX. “I miss his passion, so I made sure to match his passion in this record. I listen to this record and think of him. I know he would love how this song came out.”
Later in the song, the New Orleans MC samples a documentary about schizophrenia, which brings focus back to the issue at hand—mental health—and his fear of perhaps having to deal with it one day himself. The Chris “CZA” Bunch-produced track comes from Banks’ new album, The Beautiful. Pre-order the 12-track project here.