“Hope” by Blood Orange (featuring Diddy & Tei Shi”
The “hope” which this song is based on is the primary vocalists (Diddy and Tei Shi) inspiring each other to believe that their relationship can blossom into a worthy romance. And in respect to that, they seem to already be a couple who have feelings for each other.
Or as the track puts it, Diddy in particular feels sentiments of optimism and joy when Tei is around, although he gives her “hope” also. However, there seems to be some beef in the relationship, specifically of the part of Shi, as she has an all-or-nothing attitude. In other words, she has no desire to just be a ‘friend’ with Diddy. So what this song basically boils down to is these two lovers being encouraged to “jump in the flow”, as in take a leap of faith that this romance may actually be the one. But this advice applies particularly to Diddy, who is admittedly fearful of putting himself in a vulnerable-emotional position.
Facts about “Hope”
- This track was produced by Devonté Hynes (aka Blood Orange) with the majority of the vocal responsibilities going to Diddy and Tei Shi.
- Blood Orange also directed and edited the music video to “Hope”. It features cameo appearances by rappers Tyler, the Creator and A$AP Rocky. Furthermore, singer Empress Of and model Alton Mason also appear in the clip.
- “Hope” initially came out on 23 August 2018, a day before the album it was featured on, Blood Orange’s Negro Swan. It was the third single released, behind “Jewelry” and “Charcoal Baby”, from that project.
- The label behind the publication of this track is Domino Recording Company, a business entity based in London, England.
Is this Blood Orange’s first collabo with Diddy?
Yes. This was the first ever time Blood Orange worked with Diddy. Speaking to Pitchfork, Dev Hynes (Blood Orange) said he felt blessed to have had the opportunity to collaborate with Diddy.