I’ve been waiting a long time for this one to come out. John River just dropped the visuals to “Hope City II,” the first music we’ve heard from Mississauga’s young frontrunner in quite awhile. River comes out full throttle in what has to be the best revisiting of a song since J. Cole took a second stab at “Dead Presidents” — relentless flow, impassioned delivery, and impeccable breath control. It’s fitting, then, that John River touches on his admiration and interaction with the Dreamville emcee in his nonstop verse.
Did I mention the whole five-minute song is one verse? Let that sink in while you’re listening. After you’re done pressing replay an appropriate number of times, check out our podcast with him from the end of 2014. For what it’s worth, it was my favourite interview of the year.