I first met H.O.P.E. in a bathroom in Texas.
Obviously, that's the worse possible introduction in any instance, especially with Hip-Hop becoming completely out of control this first week of April 2011. Allow me to digress to the more important matters before you honorary paws police officers start writing citations on spot. For starters, there wasn't any sort of gentilia fondling involved by either party. Desperately needing a T.O. from the madness and melee that was the Vibe and Cashmere Agency's Respect The West's official Nate Dogg tribute, I slipped into an empty (and surprisingly clean) sink area where I proceeded to wipe my brow.
Shortly after, a lanky, cool-as-day character strolled in wearing shine blockers that are generally accompanied with a red-tipped cane, followed by his unofficial vocal coach. Not oblivious to my presence yet focused on the mission at hand, I listened silently as H.O.P.E. impressively and flawlessly ran through the metaphorical entendres and verses where his flow unpredictably began where the manufactured rapper's predictably stopped.
I had a flash of clairvoyance that there was a believable talent when he walked through that door. Not that he looked totally unassuming, playing the part of the neo-age MC, indoor sunglasses and fitted clothing that said "I'm cool enough to trick you into thinking I didn't care." But he didn't seem like he was going to allow style to be his judge, jury and little lady keeping the minutes on her typewriter, either. I'm not totally sure if he got a chance to rock that SXSW stage but the dedication that shown through in his practice session is the same devotion that he used to carve out his two-years-in-the-making debut album, Believe In HOPE Wright. Hailing from Compton but far removed from the N.W.A. era or even Game's consequential reprise, Hope puts a reality touch into his project as it doubles as an autobiography, for he's still getting his name out in the open.
In conjuction with <a href="http://www.2dopeboyz.com/2011/03/31/h-o-p-e-–-believe-in-hope-wright-album">2Dopeboyz</a>, complete with co-stars from Jhene Aihko, Hit-Boy, Kevin Cossom and a few guys named Pac Div, faith is probably the most inconceivable notion known to man, but H.