Following VIBE’s Valentine’s Day lyrical breakdown of Muni Long’s “Hrs and Hrs,” the singer and Amazon Music gave us an exclusive first look at a live rendition of the ballad. Recorded on a downtown LA rooftop, this version of the song features a jazzier arrangement than the original, as Long delivers a noticeably more embellished vocal performance.
“I referenced Jill Scott,” the singer told VIBE, explaining how she and her band came up with the idea for the performance. “I was like, ‘I would love to do something with that ‘A Long Walk’ rebound.” She continues, “I just started singing it, imagining [that] beat in my head, and the musicians just followed me.
Lyrically, “Hrs and Hrs” and “A Long Walk” share similarities, in that both songs are about the intimacy of quality time. Yet with the tempo of “A Long Walk” slightly faster than that of “Hrs and Hrs”, Long’s performance of her handcuff season anthem finds her singing with the liveliness of the neo-soul classic of Scott. Ultimately, the combination results in a rendition that feels so natural and spirited that one would assume it was improvised.
The reimagining of Long’s viral hit is part of Amazon Music’s Black History Month “Black Culture Is…” content slate, which also included a live stream of Summer Walker’s Atlanta concert at the Coco- Cola Roxy last Friday (February 18).
Watch Muni Long’s LA performance of “Hrs and Hrs” above and stream the Amazon Original track below.