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Jon Hope Releases Smooth New Track, ‘The Left Hand’

Providence, R.I.’s Jon Hope looks to begin hot streak with new website and single.

Jon Hope backstage at a July 2015 Waka Flocka Concert | Photo by: Hensley Carrasco
Jon Hope backstage at a July 2015 Waka Flocka Concert | Photo by: Hensley Carrasco
Cover art for Jon Hope’s “A Guy Named Harry”

Harrison Grisby, known by his stage name Jon Hope, hasn’t released a large number of music since his 2015 experimental release A Guy Named Harry, but a new website and new song are both signs pointing toward good news for Hope fans. His new, Accent Beats-produced song, “The Left Hand” is a short teaser of sorts of what we should be expecting to come from the Providence, R.I. artist. Fans can hear the frustration from the artist as he describes doing what he can to push himself to the top.

The song remains true to what we know Hope to produce as an artist. The mixture of flow, wordplay and elements of poetry all give reminders of the ambidexterity the artist holds. The piano on the instrumental is the mattress for the layers of vocals and bass that serve as the sheets to a perfectly made bed.

Kids don’t know A-B-C’s/ but they A-C-I’s

Hope has been touring on and off throughout the past year, most recently with the Jon Hope Xperience tour. He’s even been featured on well-known Hip-hop reporter and radio host Sway Calloway’s show Sway in the Morning on Shade 45.

This past April, Hope teamed up with Red Bull and held the #TwoDollarFlo concert at Dusk in Providence, celebrating what the city has in talent–featuring the likes of Ceez, Latrell James, CRSLYRC, Khary, Gibran, Free Wifi and DJ ASAP, among others. All for only $2.

Hope’s talents don’t stop with music. Though music is primarily the content he puts out, Hope’s versatility stretches through many other categories that even include writing. In music, writing is standard, but Hope has written a book called 100 Miles N’ Hour In A Parked Car–a book that “includes lyrics, free written thoughts, personal testimony, and more..”

Hope’s experience also reaches into lectures as he is available to be booked for speeches. Elements of Hope’s eloquence in his music can be attested to his educational background. He holds a degree in Urban Sociology and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration–using his position as a platform in order to help educate others.

Hope has an upcoming show–presented by The Daily Note–at Fête Music Hall in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence. The show is on August 5 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and available online.

Jon Hope is on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

You can watch some visuals, including the 106 & Park-featured “Rhode Less Traveled,” below:

 

 

Hensley Carrasco
Hensley graduated from the University of Rhode Island where he was the editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, the Good 5 Cent Cigar. He founded the site with hopes to add to the ever-growing digital music newsroom. Hensley generally writes about Hip-Hop, but other genres are not out of his writing spectrum. On the side, Hensley is a photographer, specializing in concert photography.

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