North East alternative rap duo, Rise to Rebellion, has just released their brand new track entitled ‘H.O.P.E.’ and I was fortunate enough to have a listen to the new song before its release. Funnily enough, this is the first track to be brought out since the duo’s rebranding earlier this year so I was expecting something a little different from their earlier material – and I was right.
From beginning to end, the whole track has a certain honesty about it that grips you and touches you – it’s full of emotion and integrity and truly captivates you. The rap parts are quick, emotional and hit hard when coupled with the softer tones of the clean vocal parts. I will say though that I found the clean vocals a little too Americanised for my liking, and I would have preferred more natural, North East tones, but together Dave Arnett and Matt Kitching have developed a solid harmony that works for them.
Interestingly enough, there is more to the title than meets the eye too. ‘H.O.P.E’ actually stands for ‘hold on pain ends’ which makes me feel like this song represents letting go of those things in life that cause only pain – a cathartic thought that fits perfectly with the tone of the song.
‘H.O.P.E’ is a genuinely heartfelt track that is perfect for people who like their rap raw, honest and filled with emotions that define us as human beings.
It’s a great first effort from Rise to Rebellion and I’m looking forward to hearing more from these guys in 2018.