Jamila Woods- "LSD (feat. Chance The Rapper)"

Jamila Woods has released a new song that sees her teaming up with Chance The Rapper for another beautiful collaboration. The song showcases Jamila's amazing vocals and Chance adds a pretty dope verse to top it off. Listen closely as they deliver a hopeful song dedicated to their hometown, Chicago. There's no way you can stand still while listening to this. Chicago, stand up!


Music Video: Francis and the Lights- "Friends (feat. Bon Iver & Kanye West)"

Francis and the Lights released a new music video today for their song, "Friends." The visuals feature Kanye West and Bon Iver, who also appears in the song. Chance The Rapper has been promoting the video heavily since last night, leading many to think the music video for "Summer Friends" would be released today. You can see the confusion as Francis and the Lights were featured on that song from Chance's Coloring Book project. I was definitely confused haha. However, the video is pretty dope and you can definitely see the effects of a Kanye West-directed video. The minimalistic visuals are right up his alley. As for the song, it sounds very similar to Francis' contributions to "Summer Friends;" it's possible it stemmed from the same studio session? Either way, it's fresh as hell.

Edit: Francis sampled his song "Friends" to create his part on Chance's "Summer Friends." Mystery solved.


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.


Kid Cudi- "The Frequency"

Kid Cudi has released a new song that will be well-received by any fans itching for some of that "old Cudi." "The Frequency" was produced by Kid Cudi, Plain Pat, and Mike Dean and is very reminiscent of the style Cudi invoked in his first two albums and the mixtapes before them. In light of his latest rock album—Speedin' Bullet 2 Heaven—it's always good to hear this Cudi.


Music Video: Hundred Waters- "Show Me Love (Skrillex Remix) (feat. Chance The Rapper, Moses Sumney & Robin Hannibal)"

Indie rock band, Hundred Waters, have released the music video for the 'Skrillex Remix' of their song, "Show Me Love." The remix features a dope verse from Chance The Rapper and you can peep the video above.


JMSN- "Cruel Intentions (Remix) (feat. Snoh Aalegra)"

JMSN's most recent single, "Cruel Intentions" is fire all on its own, but he just added an amazing artist to the remix. Snoh Aalegra, a Swedish artist and No I.D.'s current protégé, has been added to the song and she absolutely kills it. She's a great addition and takes the song to the next level. Her mini-album—Don't Explain— is set to drop on April 8th while JMSN's album—It Is.— will be released on May 6th.


dvsn Announces Album Release Date, Tracklist & Album Art

The rumors are true. The mysterious R&B group, dvsn, have signed to the OVO Sound label and are releasing their debut album—Sept. 5th. The album will feature 10 songs, including the four songs they've released already, "The Line," "With Me," "Hallucinations," and "Too Deep." The album drops on April 1st, so pre-order the album and check out the tracklist here. I am very excited because I think the ceiling for this group is very high.


Complex City Cyphers: Episode 1 (feat. Wiki, Your Old Droog, A$AP Ferg & Christian Scott)

Complex has started a series called Complex City Cyphers where they travel to a different city every episode and collaborate with local musicians there in the form of live cyphers. The pilot episode takes place in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn where, assisted by a live band, Grammy-nominated jazz musician Christian Scott provides the music for a cypher with Wiki, Your Old Droog, and A$AP Ferg. Check out the dope collaboration above.


Rihanna Performs "Consideration" and "Work (feat. Drake)" at The BRIT Awards 2016

Rihanna is enjoying a lot of success from her eighth studio album, Anti. She took the stage at The BRIT Awards 2016 to perform the opening track, "Consideration" and also the hit single, "Work." Drake joined her on the stage for the latter and they picked up right where they left off from the music videos. Check out the performance above.


Music Video: Rihanna- "Work (feat. Drake)"

Rihanna and Drake have had amazing chemistry for a long time now and they've showcased it in videos like "What's My Name?" and "Take Care." Well, now they've added two more videos to that list. Rihanna has finally revealed the anticipated video for her Drake-assisted single, "Work." The video comes in the form of two videos: the first is a turnt up twerk party directed by Director X, a frequent Drake collaborator, and the second keeps it a little more sensual in visuals directed by Tim Erem. Both videos are amazing and see Drake and Rihanna getting very close; check the videos out above. Anti is in stores now.


40 Sheds Some Light on 'Views From The 6'

Noah "40" Shebib, Drake's longtime friend and producer, sat down with The New York Times last week to discuss Drake's upcoming album—Views From the 6. Check out the interview here and read a portion of it below.

“It’s going to be what everybody expects and wants from Drake and from us,” Mr. Shebib said. “A lot of introspection, very vivid. He’s discovering new flows, new cadences, new patterns.” As for the music, “I’m trying to find ways to pull more untraditional sounds in, to push the boundaries a little further.” The overall approach may be the same as the one that the duo has finely honed, but still, Mr. Shebib said, “Something about it should be special.”


Kendrick Lamar Delivers An Amazing GRAMMY Performance

The night was set up to be an amazing one for Kendrick Lamar. After losing Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance, and Best New Artist to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis just two years prior, it seemed the Recording Academy was out to set things right. Kendrick was nominated for 11 awards at this year's GRAMMY awards, the second most nominations for an artist in one night since Michael Jackson. Kendrick ended up winning 5 GRAMMYs, sweeping the rap categories and winning a GRAMMY for Best Music Video via Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" video. But, that wasn't the most impressive thing Kendrick did last night.

The internet was buzzing, wondering what Kendrick would do for his GRAMMY performance and he did not disappoint. He came out in chains, dressed in prison clothes, followed in a straight line by other prisoners. His band was surrounded by prison bars. The silence that ensued while he awkwardly wrapped his chains around the mic stand so he could hold the mic gave us just enough time to realize this would not be your average performance.

He began to perform "The Blacker The Berry," a song that aggressively addresses the white community but also delivers a strong message to the black community. He transitions into a fiery performance of "Alright" and then performs "Untitled 3." Kendrick has become a fantastic live performer, one that seems to save some of his most dynamic, in-your-face songs strictly for live performances; more specifically, live performances in front of a white audience.

This performance was full of tribal African imagery, African traditional dancing, and was the most powerful Kendrick performance I've ever seen. There was bravery in this performance, standing in front of a predominantly white organization and audience and using his platform to deliver this politically charged, heart-filled, black message. Between this performance and Beyoncé's "Formation" release and performance, it's clear the black community is not about to take society's treatment lying down.

All hail, King Kendrick.


Your 2016 Valentine's Day Playlist


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Last year, I posted "10 R&B Songs You Need To Have In Your Valentine's Day Playlist." Well this year, with the help of the Windy City Blogger Collective, I have 20 more songs for you to add to that list! I asked the members of the WCBC, "If you were making a date night playlist, what songs would you absolutely have to add?" They delivered big time! Check out the songs below and I have also included a Spotify and Apple Music playlist of all the songs below. Happy Valentine's Day!

Spotify Playlist: Link
Apple Music Playlist: Link

Jaye from Curvatude added "The Point of It All" by Anthony Hamilton and "Lost Without U" by Robin Thicke.



Nikki from 30s and Chic added "Do You Like Me" by Fugazi, "Style (Cover)" by Ryan Adams, and "Pony" by Ginuwine.


Jessica from The Petite Diaries added "The Monster (feat. Rihanna)" by Eminem.


Kaitlin from A Little Bit Ginger added "I Just Want To Make Love To You" by Etta James and "Try A Little Tenderness" by Otis Redding.


Lisa from Thriftista added "Stone Cold Gentleman (feat. New Edition)" by Ralph Tresvant.


Alicia from Alicia Tastes Life added "Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye.


Michelle from The Native 'Stilo added "Crazy" by K-Ci & JoJo.


Natali from The Race That Never Ends added "Sunny" by Bobby Hebb and "Lovely Day" by Bill Withers.


Michaela from Windy City Wardrobe added "Thank Heaven 4 You" by Esthero.


My additions:

"Teachme"- Musiq Soulchild


"Knocks Me Off My Feet"- Stevie Wonder


"Whip Appeal"- Babyface


"Back & Forth"- Aaliyah


"5 Steps"- Dru Hill


"Share My Life"- Kem



Kanye West Tweets Final Tracklist For 'The Life of Pablo'

That's right; Kanye has changed the name of his album again. For what it's worth, this seems to be the last time. It is now called The Life of Pablo, which seems to be a nod to Pablo Picasso, although it could be a different one. Kanye has also tweeted out the final tracklist for the album, which you can view above. TLOP drops tomorrow.


Beyoncé Announces 'Formation World Tour'

After an amazing Super Bowl performance with Bruno Mars and Coldplay, Beyoncé announced the "Formation World Tour." This is following the surprise release of her new song and video, "Formation." Presale tickets go on sale this Tuesday (2/9) while tickets are on sale for the general public on 2/16. I hope this means more new music is coming from Beyoncé, but either way, I'll be getting my tickets. Check out the dates below and get tickets here.

04-27 Miami, FL - Marlins Park
04-29 Tampa Bay, FL - Raymond James Stadium
05-01 Atlanta, GA - Georgia Dome
05-03 Raleigh, NC - Carter-Finley Stadium
05-05 Nashville, TN - Nissan Stadium
05-07 Houston, TX - NRG Stadium
05-09 Dallas, TX - AT&T Stadium
05-12 San Diego, CA - Qualcomm Stadium
05-14 Los Angeles, CA - Rose Bowl
05-16 Santa Clara, CA - Levi's Stadium
05-18 Seattle, WA - CenturyLink Field
05-20 Edmonton, Alberta - Commonwealth Stadium
05-23 Minneapolis, MN - TCF Bank Stadium
05-25 Toronto, Ontario - Rogers Centre
05-27 Chicago, IL - Soldier Field
05-29 Detroit, MI - Ford Field
05-31 Pittsburgh, PA - Heinz Field
06-03 Boston, MA - Gillette Stadium
06-05 Philadelphia, PA - Lincoln Financial Field
06-07 New York, NY - Citi Field
06-10 Baltimore, MD - M&T Bank Stadium
06-12 Hershey, PA - Hersheypark Stadium
06-28 Sunderland, England - Stadium of Light
06-30 Cardiff, England - Millennium Stadium
07-02 London, England - Wembley Stadium
07-05 Manchester, England - Emirates Old Trafford
07-07 Glasgow, Scotland - Hampden Park
07-09 Dublin, Ireland - Croke Park
07-12 Dusseldorf, Germany - Esprit Arena
07-14 Zurich, Switzerland - Letzigrund
07-16 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Arena
07-18 Milan, Italy - Stadio San Siro
07-21 Paris, France - Stade de France
07-24 Copenhagen, Denmark - Parken
07-26 Stockholm, Sweden - Friends Arena
07-29 Frankfurt, Germany - Gommerzbank Arena
07-31 Brussels, Belgium - Roi Boudoin