Allow Me To Reintroduce Myself...

So, I took a long break from Hope For Hip-Hop, long enough that I feel the need to address my followers before jumping back into the swing of things. Between going to school for a MS degree, work, podcasting, and everything else, it became impossible to keep up. But I'm back and so is the blog. During my two month absence, we received projects from Beyoncé, Chance The Rapper, James Blake, JMSN, Vic Mensa, Drake, and we lost a legend: Prince. 2016 has been a very busy year for music. Before returning to business as usual, I want to share with you Gallant's performance of "Weight In Gold" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon because it's pretty phenomenal. Also, this track that didn't make Chance The Rapper's latest project. Let's get it.

-AO

Mick Jenkins-"Get Up Get Down" (Music Video)

Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins has delivered a pretty dope music video for his track, "Get Up Get Down." The video features three kids dancing and having fun while strolling through Chicago. This is the first video from Mick's project, Wave[s], and it's a great one. Check out what Mick had to say about the video below.

Get up is a charge to get out and do something. To make people put action behind their words. Thats what the kids are doing in the video and I hope it comes across and be understood that way.

-AO

"Realer Than Most"- Mick Jenkins, Saba, Dally Austin & NoName Gypsy

It was a Chicago affair when Closed Sessions got Mick Jenkins, Dally Austin, Saba and NoName Gypsy together to collaborate on “Realer Than Most.” It’s pretty cool to hear promising Chicago rappers collaborate and show some creativity opposed to the Chicago rappers that just rap about gangs and violence. Shout out to these four. Enjoy.

-AO