Rashad tha Poet – H.O.P.E. (Audio)
“H.O.P.E.,” the first single from Rashad tha Poet’s forthcoming Hope Lives Here EP, finds its pace while relaxing on a calm flow as the Nashville MC seeks relief in what he calls “a brighter side.”
Borrowing the beat from Oddisee‘s “Beach Dr.” (from the Brooklyn-based MC and producer’s Rock Creek Park release), the song represents immense positivity for the MC, “Each verse talks about different types of things to have [or] keep hope in.”
“Hip-hop seems so one-sided nowadays. If you’re not balling or talking about how many women you have then you must be miserable, right? [I] just wanted to have fun and bring some different energy to the canvas.”
When released next month on the Hope Lives Here EP, the track will sit among five others which will all tell different stories, each speaking to the necessity to keep pushing ahead while deflecting whatever negativity life throws at you. “It’s like a mantra, wake up saying Hope Lives Here. If you don’t have hope what do you have?”
The EP is set to drop mid-October and a video for “H.O.P.E.” is also presently in the works.