Independent Spotlight: Hopsin


By Yesenia Urena

Hopsin, the Panorama City, California rapper and co-founder of Funk Volume, is parting ways with his manager Damien Ritter and Funk Volume. Hopsin has been in the game for years, and first became famous for his falling out with Eazy-E’s record label, Ruthless, after the release of his first album in 2009, and later releasing a track dissing the head of Ruthless Records and Eazy-E’s widow, Tomica Wright.


Hopsin became a footnote when he released his hit track “Sag My Pants” with his self-promotion his video received over 8 million views on YouTube. Also, creating a signature look with his white contact lenses. Later in 2009, Hopsin and Damie founded the independent label Funk Volume, where Hopsin released his mixtape “Haywire” and later releasing his second album “Raw”. When working with Damien at Funk Volume they signed 3 artists, went on tour, and released his third album “Knock Madness” in 2012.


On January 2016 Hopsin announced through social media his separation from the label and Damien. The reasons for his separation were not kept on the “hush-hush” as he raps about it in his new track “ILL Mind of Hopsin 8”, that debuted earlier this month. The song gives a good explanation for his separations and Damien’s issues with gambling, “He takes the cash and blows it all at casinos”, among other issues. Hopsin is now moving on.


Hopsin has created a new company, Undercover Prodigy, and is now working with Ty Dolla $ign and King Los. He plans to release a full-length project later this year.






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