Written by: Jen Dan
Hope is the promising moniker of indigenous Canadian rapper Patrick Kelly and he delivers that feeling in spades with his passionate, flowing, and lyrically on-point music.
Hope is a socio-politically pro-active musician (RIYL: Zach de la Rocha or slowthai) who lifts up his community (he’s from Leq’a:mel First Nation British Columbia, and is based in Vancouver).
The hip-hop artist released his bold album Red Man this past July via Rudegang Entertainment. Packed with lyrically potent and relevant statements, Hope drops knowledge about cultural ignorance and appropriation, as well as celebrating who he is and where he comes from.
Hope has now dropped a feel-good video for Never Fail, a track that runs fast on his sing-song, quicksilver raps and swaying and pouncing rhythms. It’s an infectious number to pump through the speakers, and the video is equally upbeat, featuring Hope with his daughter bouncing around and rapping to the camera lens.
Hope delivers his words with smooth, but focused intent, rattling off with ease, “I will never fail / ‘cause I’m with it… / I’m a native from the reservation / Lyrics come together / I’m killin’” – and it’s so true. He slays misconceptions and prejudices with his acute lyrics that are needed today more than ever.