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"A new breed of politician"

H.O.P.P. Crash Mansion

Lauren Spencer

The Lounge at Crash Mansion in Los Angeles, June 21, began to fill with hip-hop and soul singer fans ready to witness the last opening act of the night before neo-soul artist Dwele performed. Hip-hop’s own personal politician preferably known as H.O.P.P. was the one to fill that slot.

The time is well into the evening as people are drawn into the sounds of DJ Showtime spinning hits like “Sexual Seduction” by Snoop Dogg and “Please Don’t Stop the Music” by Rihanna. H.O.P.P. has two opening acts of his own, one is a rapper by the name of Jus-O and an R&B singer named Paris.

Once their sets were finished the band began to take their places on the stage including a violinist and background singers, a new twist to have for a hip-hop artist. The Presidential anthem “Hail to the Chief” plays while the band revs up their instruments and H.O.P.P. runs onto the stage in a tie, button down top, an ivy cap, and Chuck Taylor’s, the look of a young politician.

He opens his show by hyping the crowd to his rendition of “Good Clothes” by Little Brother and goes right into his song “Get Enough.” “Get Enough” is a track about how he approaches a random girl to show he’s interested and uses his cocky swag attached to his pick up lines to try to impress her. During the first half of his set he tells the story of how he meets a girl and ends up dating her for a number of months and explains their experiences as a couple through songs. “God Only Knows,” the track where H.O.P.P. shows off his singing abilities, is about how much he wants and needs his girl to be in his life. During the chorus the background singers repeat the words “don’t go,” which shows the sincerity of the song.

The band lets loose during the breakdown and H.O.P.P. snatches his hat off and wilds out on stage. Passion shoots through him and into the audience while the drummer unleashes his skills during a solo. As the show goes on hip-hop’s politician has un-tucked his shirt, let the band do whatever they feel, and had one of his amazing background singers also have a solo.

The crowd rocks with him during the performance of his confidence building, electric guitar blaring, drum pounding single, “Driven for the Drive.”

His closing number “Pride,” is an open heart display of the hardships from his past. He puts on his sunglasses and chants, “throw your fists in the sky if you feel the vibe.” He gives a sample of him freestyle rapping during the breakdown and walks off the stage while the band continues to play.

H.O.P.P. is definitely competition for all the artists trying to establish themselves in the music industry and even the ones who already have. Though he wants to represent himself as a positive politician, the buzz he will create will be bigger than the Bill Clinton scandal in 1998. - Myspace Blog


Make it
Slow Down
God Only Knows
I Aint!



H.O.P.P. Bio09
1977 Management
Hip Hops Own Personal
Born to Do This
H.O.P.P. from childhood has
recognized that there’s something
obviously different about himself.
Whether it was running around the house
creating characters and radio personas or
demanding that his family be an attentive
audience to his one man plays, the kidd
was certain he would eventually have all
eyes on him. His parents, Larry Sr. and
Rose Dorn, recognizing his natural
charisma made no hesitation; they
introduced H.O.P.P. to the stage. No
turning back.
After making a few guest starring roles on
shows like the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and
performing with several community theater
groups, H.O.P.P’s ear leaned toward music.
Initially his sights were set to become a
producer and aspiring record label owner; he
was definitely a creative thinker to be
fifteen. H.O.P.P.’s focus quickly turned to
artistry however after meeting Jayou of The
Mighty (Gents), a then duo, mirrored after
the likes of the 80’s hip hop phenomenon
Run DMC. The kidd was adopted as the
“prince” of The Mighty (Gents) and his in
depth study of true Hip-Hop consciousness
and the esthetic began.
Since then, the now 22 yr old performer has
defined his own road to hip hop; embedding
rich texture, catchy melodies, conscious
lyrics and a delivery that’s comparable to
the precision of a skilled marksman. As a
performer, H.O.P.P. has been known to
trigger energetic sto rms when hitting the
stage. A magnetic force, the kidd draws you
into the heart of the story he’s lyrically
conveying. Because of his humble and
poised demeanor most consider it a
complete 180 contrary to the solemn guy
you meet on sight.
An artistic visionary, his music reflects a
true lyrical essence, something most feel
is missing from hip hop today. H.O.P.P’s
spitfire delivery paired with words and
melodies that reflect integrity and strong
beliefs, immediately separate him from
lyrical mediocrity. His energy packed
performances send a strong message that
his “becoming” is his “calling” and not just
a bright Idea. He calls his performances
the living testimonies to his music.
Whether it be stories related to his parents
rocky road to marriage, the struggles of day
to day living or anecdotes about finding the
right girl, songs like, “Deny That” which
celebrates his love for God even as a hip hop
artist and “I Aint” a tune that’s graduated the
kidd onto the “main stage” of hip hop as a
valid voice captures a candid and honest
view of H.O.P.P.’s life.
H.O.P.P.’s music is an all ears affair. From
the campus kid anthem, “Swagga” to the
riled jump off “Just Shake”, the kidd is a
guaranteed answer to the most soluble hip
hop pallet. And if that weren’t enough, his
R&B gene kicks in heavy when crooning the
soulful “Rain Drops” and whispering lush of
“God Only Knows”.
It’s safe to say; H.O.P.P.’s heart is rooted in
music, his thoughts are clear, his passion is
deep and he was definitely, Born to Do