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

Watch Vic Mensa Debut "3 AM" In LA

Vic Mensa should be releasing his new project, Traffic, sometime soon and while performing in LA he decided to debut a new song called "3 AM." The dark, slow-tempo song is a slight departure from the music Vic has made in the past, but it's a pretty solid song. And combined with "U Mad," there is a small indication of where his album is headed. Check out the performance above and look out for Traffic. Enjoy.

-AO

Kendrick Lamar Brings Fan On Stage To Perform "m.A.A.d city" at Sweetlife Festival

Kendrick Lamar was in Maryland this weekend for the Sweetlife Festival and decided to have a little fun during his performance. He wanted to bring a fan on-stage to perform "m.A.A.d city" with him, granted that they knew all the words to the song. After a failed attempt, he found his dedicated fan. Check it out above and enjoy.

-AO

The Social Experiment Performs "Sunday Candy" at SXSW

The Social Experiment performed at SXSW this year and decided to bless the crowd with a performance of "Sunday Candy." It's a pretty great performance and it's good to see what the band is doing visually during their sets. I can't wait for their next project, Surf. Enjoy.

-AO

Kanye West Debuts "All Day" at the 2015 BRIT Awards

So before Kanye revealed the CDQ version of his new song, "All Day," he debuted the song at the 2015 BRIT Awards. This performance has been met with criticism from many like Lionel Richie because of Kanye's use of the word 'nigga' and I'm sure they didn't like the mob of people with blowtorches that were on stage with him. In my opinion, this was a fantastic performance and the best way to debut this song. He performed the song on stage with many including Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom, Vic Mensa, and more. Despite there being so many people on stage, the performance did not seem chaotic; it seemed calculated. A mob of black men on stage moving together in unison and in an organized fashion? I think we know why people were mad. Kanye knows exactly what he's doing and it's wonderful. And Taylor Swift obviously enjoyed it so what more do you need lol? Check out the performance above ASAP (they're taking it offline everywhere), listen to the song featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom, and Paul McCartney here, and buy it here.

Morris Day & HAIM Perform "Jungle Love" on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

Jimmy Kimmel and his staff have created a genius, new series for the month of February on Jimmy Kimmel Live! called "Mash Up Mondays." The series features two artists and has them join forces to perform a song during the show. This week's performance featured Morris Day–of Morris Day and the Time–and Los Angeles trio, HAIM. They were rightfully named 'Morris Day and the HAIM' and performed Morris Day's "Jungle Love," a song so good it should transcend generations, if you ask me. HAIM served as Morris' background singers, but they did get a chance to get in on the action and perform some of Morris' famous dance moves. Check it out above and stay tuned for next week's performance of Aloe Blaccstreet (Aloe Blacc & Blackstreet). Enjoy.

-AO

PARTYNEXTDOOR Brings Out Drake At His First NYC Show

PARTYNEXTDOOR performed his first NYC show at SOBS last week and brought out Drake to perform his PARTYNEXTDOOR TWO hit, "Recognize." It was a pretty decent performance. PARTY has a good live singing voice but he needs to improve his stage presence. He was looking a little stiff up there. Otherwise, he held it down. Enjoy.

-AO

Bobby Shmurda- "Hot Ni**a" (Tonight Show Performance)

Bobby Shmurda made his national television premiere on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon yesterday to perform his hit, "Hot Ni**a." Obviously, the performance was censored so the radio-friendly version is called "Hot Boy," but he absolutely KILLED it. Enjoy.

-AO

Ariana Grande- "Love Me Harder (feat. The Weeknd)" (SNL Performance)

Ariana Grande was the musical guest on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live last Saturday. One of the songs she performed was "Love Me Harder" and she brought The Weekend along to assist her. It was a great performance as they have some incredible chemistry on stage. Enjoy.

-AO

The iHeartRadio Music Festival kicked off in Las Vegas last week and Drake was included as one of the special guests. He ran through a few Take Care tracks and then preceded to run through a few of his featured verses and some tracks from Nothing Was The Same. It was a decent performance. All I’ll say is that I think he should focus on singing “Hold On, We’re Going Home” in a different key for performing live. If you’ve got 20 minutes, check it out. Enjoy.

-HB

Drake just put on an impressive performance of a new track on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He premiered a new track on the show called “Too Much” and it features Sampha. Sampha laid down the vocals and keys while Drake spit the verses. This was an impressive performance from the lyrics to his posture. From the flow to his passion. That second verse was fire. This is an album to be excited for. Nothing Was The Same drops on September 24th. Enjoy.

-HB