New Orleans artist Alfred Banks asks, “Was it the Schizophrenia that he suffered from?”
About Alfred Banks:
Born & raised in Uptown, New Orleans, Alfred Banks grew up with a love for two things, sneakers & rap. At an early age, Alfred knew he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his mentor & older brother Orlandas Banks and make music just like him, all while rocking the hottest kicks around. His brother’s support & guidance kept Alfred afloat through all the hectic times in his life, but when Orlandas departed for the Marines, Alfred began to see an emotional disconnect in their relationship.
During the years without his brother by his side, Alfred experienced some of the highest of highs & lowest of lows. Alfred’s talent & insane work ethic helped him bounce back from being homeless and landed him various co-signs from outlets like Complex & Revolt. Alfred even worked his way onto his first national tour alongside his close friend Mickey Factz. The only problem was that Orlandas wasn’t around to share these moments with his little brother. On 3.20.2014, he committed suicide after battling schizophrenia. It was the worst day of Alfred’s life when he got the news, but he knew that no matter what Orlandas wanted him to fulfill his dreams.
About The Music Video:
This 2-part video “A Beautiful Song/Bless You” chronicles the pain & aftermath of Orlandas’ death. As Alfred prepares for the funeral, he writes a heartfelt letter & reminisces on all the good & bad times they shared. Alfred plans to use his music as a platform to help shed a light on such a stigmatized topic in our society and reach out to others who are experiencing the same struggles everyday. The video will be followed by a 3-track EP titled ‘A Beautiful Prelude‘ set to be released on 3.20.2016 in honor of the 2-year anniversary of his passing.