Album Review: Believe In HOPE Wright by H.O.P.E.

Posted: July 19, 2011 by eptarheels23 in Album Review, Music
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The west coast is on the revival lead by artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Pac Div, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Fashawn, Dom Kennedy and many more, but it’s time someone else was added to that list. And that is a man by the name of H.O.P.E. That name may sound familiar and that’s because this project was number 14 on my Top 25 Albums of the Year. Recently this album has been on serious rotation and if I could have re-done that list I’d probably have moved this into the Top 10, it’s just that damn good. So check the review below on why H.O.P.E. is the next best thing out of Compton, CA since Kendrick Lamar!

1: Mr. Wright 4/5
This is an excellent opening track and right from the second you push play, you can tell that H.O.P.E. has skills. The soothing piano sets the tone perfectly for the rest of the track and once H.O.P.E. starts rapping, you will be hooked. The beginning of the track has similar effects to Kanye West’s Runaway and while I don’t particularly like it, I can see why it was implemented. The female on the hook drags the track down a level as she just kinda speaks in a semi-rapping tone, oh well. H.O.P.E. really shines over this beat though, it complements his style perfectly.

2: Killer (feat. Alex Isley) 3.5/5
The beat on here is smooth and the horns add to the overall feel. H.O.P.E. feels at home over it again and is the star of the track. However, once again I’m just not a fan of the hook. It just doesn’t seem to fit the rest of the track. Overall this is a pretty good track, one problem though: it’s on an album of amazing tracks.

3: Body On Me (feat. Jhené Aiko) 5/5
The first of two collaborations with the songstress Jhené Aiko on Believe In HOPE Wright is the definition of a standout. The beat is smooth as hell, but it still bangs in a way. H.O.P.E.’s flow is killer as he doesn’t seem like he’s trying to hard, it just comes to him naturally. Miss Jhené destroys the hook and takes the record to a whole new level. H.O.P.E.’s more comical side is also on display as he drops lines such as “Hello, Miss Jhené, My names H.O.P.E., that’s the only pickup line I know, it works every time, silly yeah I know.” Confident, but a little cocky. I like it.

4: I Do It 5/5
Without a doubt, this is my favorite H.O.P.E. song to date. It is a west coast banger in every sense of the word. H.O.P.E.’s flow is crazy and he bodies the beat completely. Once the chorus kicks in you’ll be nodding you’re head to the beat without a doubt. It’s simple, but it gets the point across effectively. I’m not so focused on the lyrics, just because the beat is insanely good and it distracts me from it. But expect the same lyrical monster that is H.O.P.E. on here too.

5: Stand Up (feat. Pac Div) 4.5/5
My most anticipated track off of Believe In HOPE Wright as it features one of my favorites groups today, Pac Div. And it comes through in the end. Everyone on the track shines and they all show off what they can do behind the mic. The beat is also solid, but the one down point on the track is the chorus. It just doesn’t seem up to par with what H.O.P.E. is capable of, but I’m really just nitpicking now. This is a great listen.

6: Say So (feat. Kevin Cossom) 5/5
H.O.P.E. recruits up and coming R&B star Kevin Cossom to hold down the hook and the outcome is one of a kind. Kevin Cossom’s chorus is insanely catchy and was stuck in my head the second I heard it. While H.O.P.E. is his usual self and murders his verses, Kevin Cossom is the true standout of the entire track. I could actually see this having some serious radio success and with all that H.O.P.E. does, he deserves every bit of it.

7: Do Better Blues (feat. Jhené Aiko) 4/5
The smoothest cut off Believe In HOPE Wright is the second collaborations between H.O.P.E. and Jhené Aiko. It is a true collaboration as it seems that the track is split 50/50 between the two artists. This is almost an extension of Body On Me in terms of its vibe, but that’s not a bad thing at all. This is an all around good listen.

8: Me & Her 3/5
This is my one pass on the entire album. I’m not a fan of the beat and H.O.P.E. seems kinda uninspired behind the mic. One in thirteen tracks is a good ratio for skips, especially when all the other tracks are on constant rotation. Not much else to be said about this one.

9: My Cool 4.5/5
The is another smooth track and H.O.P.E. gets an unnamed singer to hold down the hook. To my it is the best part of the entire song and sounds like it was something made by Ne-Yo or Musiq Soulchild. But it still fits in in the entirety and feeling of the album. This is a great track with a soul vibe to it.

10: Remember the Days 5/5
The vibe and feeling on this record might the best in the entire album. The beat will bring out the positive side of things and make you reminisce on the younger days. Everything about the track is outstanding, the procuction, flow, lyrics, vibe, hook, all of it. H.O.P.E. basically just talks about all the times he had has a kid and the good times he went through. One line will always stick in my head though , “do you remember the days, when it was all so simple?”

11: Gotta Go (feat. K. Roosevelt) 4/5
Another track with potential radio success. This has a more of an R&B feel to it, but it’s still got hip-hop behind it. H.O.P.E.’s flow is once again pretty damn good and K. Roosevelt is a standout on the hook. This track might have the most potential radio success off the album, but what’s strange is that it is actually the longest song in the entire album. With all that, H.O.P.E. might have a hit on his hands.

12: Piano Cover 5/5
The is by far and away the most lyrically impressive track on Believe In HOPE Wright and the my second favorite H.O.P.E. record. The best is brought in with a soothing piano and that continues throughout the entire track. After about three minutes of rapping, H.O.P.E. just let the piano carry you out. It is a great effect that I think more emcees should start using in their songs. It’s an almost perfect way to close out an album.

13: Bliss (feat. Yo of U-N-I) 4.5/5
The beat starts of with just drums and sets the tone for the rest of the track. H.O.P.E.’s flow is once again top notch and this is an amazing bonus track that closes out the album on a high note.

Believe In HOPE Wright truly feels like it is his, despite the killer guest appearances. It is a shame that some artists just fill their album with non-stop features and it doesn’t even feel like theirs. However H.O.P.E. makes this 100% his. This album is better than most artists could ever dream of making, sadly. If you’ve lost hope (no pun intended) in the west coast, first of all you’re crazy, but H.O.P.E. might be able to change your opinion. And with a new wave of big time emcees hailing from the left coast, it’s on the come back.

Download: H.O.P.E. – Believe In HOPE Wright

I Do It

Piano Cover

Remember the Days

Say So (feat. Kevin Cossom)

Body On Me (feat. Jhené Aiko)

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