Hopsin Says Funk Volume Is "Officially Dead"
As you've probably noticed, Funk Volume has been going through some things lately. It started the first week of January, when Hopsin revealed his desire to leave FV, citing issues between himself and the label's co-founder, Dame Ritter.
Jarren Benton Says He's Leaving Funk Volume For No Limit
The core of Funk Volume is rapidly falling apart. Over the weekend, Hopsin announced that he would leave the label that he helped start in 2009 if his co-founder Damien Ritter did not leavel. Now, it appears that Jarren Benton is decamping from Funk Volume for Master P and No Limit Records.
Hopsin Wants To Leave Funk Volume Due To Co-Founder Damien Ritter
In 2009, Hopsin founded the independent label Funk Volume along with Damien Ritter, the older brother of SwiZz, the label's first signee (after Hopsin). Today, Hop has admitted he's "been having issues" with Funk Volume's co-founder and that he plans to leave the label if Ritter doesn't first -- "it's fuck him forever."
Stream King Chip's New "CleveLAfornia" Album
A couple of days ago, we shared King Chip's "Fat Raps 3," featuring Big Sean, Curren$y, Chuck Inglish, and Earlly Mac. The same lineup, minus Mac, appeared on the original "Fat Raps," which dropped six years ago. "Fat Raps 3" appears on Chip's new album, CleveLAfornia, which was originally only available on Amazon but can now be streamed below, via Spotify.
Hopsin Slams "Whack" Trap Music In Twitter Rant
When Hopsin stopped by the HNHH offices recently to promote his new album Pound Syndrome, he was affable, conversational, and light-hearted. A different side of him came out last night as he blasted the rap industry, and trap music in particular, in an 18-part Twitter rant.
The 10 Best Diss Tracks Of The 2010s
Of the many things that old heads will insist "were better back in the day," diss tracks are among the few that most younger rap fans can also agree upon. Even if you didn't live through them, the 2Pac / Biggie, Eazy-E / Dr. Dre and Jay Z / Nas beefs all produced shot-firing tracks that still loom large today-- Notorious' "Who Shot Ya" is still referenced by rappers all of the time, and Nas' "Ether" is now so baked into the foundation of rap that its title is now synonymous with a devastating diss.
Stream Hopsin's New Album "Pound Syndrome"
We’ve been hearing about Hopsin’s Pound Syndrome album now since December of last year, when he first made the announcement and cleared the air about moving to Australia. Well fast forward seven months to today, and the album has finally arrived!
Hopsin Releases "Pound Syndrome" Tracklist
Back in December, Hopsin first announced his follow up to Knock Madness, Pound Syndrome. It's been a slow roll out since then, but with the album's release date only a few weeks away, today we've received the tracklist as well as new record.
Dizzy Wright Shares Tracklist & Release Date For "The Growing Process"
Back in February, Funk Volume's Dizzy Wright announced The Growing Process, a new album scheduled to drop later in 2015. This morning, he's given us some more details on the project. It's out on May 26th, and the tracklist is below. Pre-order the album on iTunes now.
Hopsin Announces "Pound Syndrome" Album With Art
After revealing in a video yesterday that his "retirement" from rap was a hoax, and he's not moving to Australia after all, Hopsin is getting straight into the promo for his new album Pound Syndrome.
Hopsin Announces He's Quitting Rap & Moving To Australia [Update: Hopsin Says It Was A Joke]
We've seen Hopsin go on twitter rants concerning the music industry/rap game in the past, however he usually calms down and it's back to business as usual. His latest message to the fans isn't in rant-form and it sounds like he's for real.
Hopsin & Dizzy Wright Freestyle On Tim Westwood's "Crib Sessions"
Reader favorites Hopsin & Dizzy Wright may be a few weeks late to make our list of the best Tim Westwood freestyles, but you better believe they both brought their A-game in the booth. Dizzy goes in over Beanie Sigel's "Feel It In The Air" instrumental, while Hopsin takes on A$AP Ferg's "Shabba," below.
Hopsin Goes On Twitter Rant, Calls Out Fans, "Knock Madness" Tour & Fame
At the beginning of 2014 we saw Hopsin go on quite the depressing Twitter rant, even going so far as to mentioning suicide and dissing his own Knock Madness album. It seemed to be a result of his new-found fame getting to him, and now once again Hopsin has taken to the social platform Twitter to bash his "Knock Madness" tour, his fans, and generally be depressed with fame.
Hopsin Talks On Suicidal Twitter Rant
Prior to the release of Knock Madness, Hopsin did not appear to be in the best state. The rapper went on a dark Twitter rant, expressing his frustrations with the music industry, and even suggested committing suicide. Hopsin explained his dark outlook with ThisIs50's Jack Thriller in a recent interview. The West Coast native was surprised at the reaction his tweets received, scratching it up to plain old shit talking.
Hopsin Thinks That "Yeezus" Is Wack But Kanye West Is Not
If you've listened to Hopsin's new album, Knock Madness, you're probably aware of his stance on Kanye West's Yeezus album.
Charts Don't Lie: December 8
This week nothing major dropped in terms of hip-hop. Nonetheless, overall album sales went up by 42%. To what can we blame this spike in sales? It would be safe to say Black Friday, which is basically the commencement of the holiday season/shopping frenzy. It's interesting to see the effects on the charts, as many of the rap albums we're looking at today were affected positively from this season of giving, and thus we're seeing a lot of sales increase by large percentages-- Drake's Nothing Was The Same, for example, spiked by 349% in sales.
Hopsin Announces "Knock Madness" Tour Dates
Hopsin's new album Knock Madness arrived at the end of November, and Hop is ready to take it on the road for the next few months. The West Coast native announced a "Knock Madness" tour today, with tour stops across the United States, running through out the months of January until March. The tour kicks off January 18th in Santa Cruz, CA and will wrap up back in California, on March 22nd in L.A.
Review: Hopsin's "Knock Madness"
To say Hopsin's third album is long overdue is like saying FEMA's response to Hurricane Katrina was slightly delayed. It's been three years since he dropped his critically acclaimed sophomore album Raw. Since then, he's toured the country extensively and landed a spot on XXL's 2013 Freshman list.
Stream Hopsin's New "Knock Madness" Album In Its Entirety
This is a brief one, folks. Due to an inevitable leak early this morning, Funk Volume emcee/producer Hopsin has decided to offer his third studio album for streaming two days before its official release date on Tuesday, November 26th. The 18-track project features guest appearances from Jarren Benton, Dizzy Wright, Tech N9n, SwizZZz, Passionate MC and GMO Skee. That's pretty much it. Below, peep the tracklist and stream the album via Hop's YouTube channel:
Lyrics Of The Week: November 1-7
Repetition remains a reality in the rap game, and specific bars tend to get overlooked. This is an opportunity to take a closer listen and really consider what these artists have to say. We encourage your opinions. Keep in mind, these are the most noteworthy lyrics of the week, not necessarily the best. Also, it's hard to get everything right - if you notice any errors, don't hesitate to let us know in the comments section. Lines we're not sure about will be bolded.