Hopsin born Marcus Jamal Hopson is an American rapper, record producer, music video director and actor hailing from Los Angeles, California. The rapper was signed to Ruthless Records in 2007,and founded his own record label, Funk Volume, in 2009 and Undercover Prodigy in 2016.
The rapper has released five studio albums, ‘Gazing at the Moonlight’ through Ruthless Records, ‘Raw‘ , ‘Knock Madness‘ and ‘Pound Syndrome’ along with the collaborative project ‘Haywire’ with SwizZz through Funk Volume and ‘No Shame‘ through his label Undercover Prodigy. In regards to his public image, the rapper is well known for his use of conspicuous white colored eye contacts in music videos, performances, and interviews.
Hopsin Age | Birthday
The rapper was born om July 18, 1985 in Los Angeles.
While in high school, jamal attended James Monroe High School, where he was placed into special education classes. He has been an avid skateboarder since the age of twelve, appearing skateboarding on many of his music videos. He officially started rapping when he was sixteen years old, and took his hobby more seriously by 2003 which is the year the majority of the tracks from Hopsin’s self-produced album ‘Emurge’ were recorded. Hopsin has had his fair share of delinquencies as he and a group of friends were arrested for vandalizing their High School property back in 2004. According to them, the act was supposed to be a school prank but got them into deeper trouble as they later were all charged and held on $20,000 bail. Hopsin, who dropped out earlier that year, was sent to Los Angeles County Jail where he spent a year. Upon his release in 2005 he began to pursue a career in music, purchased a microphone, and installed the software FL Studio on his computer and tried his hand at record producing and making music.
The rapper began recording his debut project titled ‘Emurge’ in 2002 which was eventually released locally in 2003. The copies of his debut project are very sparse making it hard to find. However a bootleg version appeared online in 2008 and had many extra songs on it, however to this day the album has never been released officially by the rapper.
Hopsin Ruthless Record & His Departure
The rapper’s first signing was with Ruthless Records back in 2007. Courtesy of his signing, he was considered to be one of the driving forces behind attempting to bring Ruthless Records back to previous glory. On May 27, 2008, his lead single “Pans in the Kitchen” from his debut album, was released . The album was set to be self-produced by himself,with no features from other artists. However his debut album titled ‘Gazing at the Moonlight’ was not released until October 27, 2009, with little to no promotion.Shortly after the album’s release, Hopsin sought his departure from Ruthless Records due to lack of financial compensation, artist support, and promotion of his project.
Hopsin Funk Volume
Hopsin founded his own independent label titled Funk Volume, with Damien Ritter shortly before the departure from Ruthless Records. SwizZz, who was Damien Ritter’s younger brother and a former classmate of Hopsin back at Monroe High school, was the premier artist to be signed to Funk Volume. Shortly after launching Funk Volume, both Hopsin and SwizZz released a collaborative mixtape titled ‘Haywire’ in June 2009 in a bid to promote the label. Initially, Funk Volume wanted to sell the mixtape for retail sale, but were unable due to Hopsin’s previous contract with Ruthless Records that had not yet expired at the time. In regards to certification; Haywire has been certified Gold on mixtape website DatPiff for being downloaded over 100,000 times and it later made available for purchase for digital download via iTunes and Amazon.com.
Funk Volume continued to sign other up and coming artists and on January 24, 2013; released a music video featuring the entire roster; Hopsin, Dizzy Wright, SwiZzZ, Jarren Benton and DJ Hoppa for a song titled “Funk Volume 2013. On March 30, 2013; the label performed at the 2013 Paid Dues festival in San Bernardino, California.
In 2010, the rapper started working on his second album titled Raw. He went on to release “Nocturnal Rainbows” as the first single off of his upcoming second album on August 1, 2010. On October 8, 2010, the rapper went on to release a music video on the YouTube platform for his song “Sag My Pants”, which is the second single off the album. Following its release, the video became a YouTube success with over 37 million views in 2019. In the song (Sag my pants) Hopsin pokes fun and disses other rappers such as Soulja Boy, Lil Wayne, Drake, Lupe Fiasco, Rick Ross as well as his previous boss; Tomica Wright, who was the owner of Ruthless Records. On November 19, 2010; the rapper premiered his second album, ‘Raw’ and the following year saw the rapper going for a two-month nationwide tour to promote Raw with the I Am RAW tour in March 2011.
Hopsin|Ill Mind of Hopsin Series
Hopsin had been working for sometime on his “Ill Mind of Hopsin” video series and in July 2011, the rapper released the fourth installment of his video series titled ‘Ill Mind of Hopsin 4’ which later received over 21 million views on YouTube. In the song lyrics, the rapper disses fellow rapper Tyler, the Creator of the Los Angeles hip hop collective, Odd Future.
In July 2012, the rapper released the fifth installment “Ill Mind of Hopsin 5” series which hit YouTube with huge success catapulting his name to fame. The video received over 1 million views in less than 24 hours and has over 50 million views in 2019. In “Ill Mind of Hopsin 5” Hopsin expresses his frustration with jaded youth and disenchantment towards other rappers who are unrelatable. Ill Mind of Hopsin 5 had also charted at number 17 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Digital songs chart.
On July 18, 2013, the rapper went on to release “Ill Mind Six: Old Friend” on his YouTube channel. At the end of the video,he was sure to add the release date for his album ‘Knock Madness’ which he confirmed to be November 26, 2013. In an interview later on; he added that the song is not the sixth song in the “Ill Mind of Hopsin” series, and is instead a track on Knock Madness titled “Old Friend”.
On July 1, 2014, the rapper took to social media posting a picture of his mugshot stating that he would be releasing “Ill Mind of Hopsin 7” on July 18, 2014. He was keen to add that it was for sure the realest song he has ever wrote in his career. The video for “Ill Mind of Hopsin 7” had gotten over 1 million YouTube views in a day. On “Ill Mind of Hopsin 7”, Hopsin lyrically shares his religious beliefs, his views on other religious beliefs and the connections between religion, history and governance.
Hopsin officially left Funk Volume and has since founded his own independent record label company, Undercover Prodigy. He released “Ill Mind of Hopsin 8” which is also a diss song to Damien Ritter ;under his new label. In February 2017, Hopsin confirmed his fifth studio album and released his single titled “All Your Fault”.
Hopsin XXL List
In February 2012 Hopsin appeared on the front cover of XXL as part of their annual “Top 10 Freshmen list” along with fellow rappers French Montana, MGK, Danny Brown, Roscoe Dash, Iggy Azalea, Macklemore, Don Trip, and Kid Ink.In October 2012, Hopsin made an appearance on a BET Cypher during the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards alongside Schoolboy Q, Mac Miller and Mystikal.
Hopsin Knock Madness
On 26 November 2013; the rapper’s album titled Knock Madness was released to fairly good success in US Rap Charts. In the album , he featured artists such as Dizzy Wright, SwizZz, Jarren Benton, and Tech N9ne along with the production primarily being by himself. The album was released on November 26, 2013 by Funk Volume and debuted at number 76 on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 12,000 copies. It was also supported by the singles “Hop Is Back” and “Rip Your Heart Out”. In an interview; he added that the album has more of a positive message and said it is “better than Dr. Dre’s Detox.” Hopsin and the rest of the Funk Volume artists went on a three-month worldwide tour in the fall of 2012 which included 58 shows in 60 days in the United States, Europe, and Australia. Following the Knock Madness tour beginning in December 2013, Hopsin planned to go on a hiatus also saying, “When I take a break, I am still going to be making music, I am [just] not going to be out publicly promoting shit. I am just going to be in my own house, doing whatever the fuck I want to do. Finding myself as a person.”
Hopsin Net Worth
The rapper is estimated to have a net worth of $3 Million in 2019 with his income streaming from the sales of his music as well as ticket sales for his concerts.
Hopsin Travis Barker
In December 2012, Hopsin took to social media and hinted on his Facebook and Twitter pages that he and Travis Barker are working on a project together, with further details on the project were yet to be released. However, in late December of 2012, the drummer (Travis Barker) went on to add that they were working on a collaboration EP which would be released in 2013. On February 5, 2012, the rapper would say all the production had been finished for the EP.
Hopsin & Eminem
The rapper credits Eminem as the rapper that initially got him interested in hip hop music. Hopsin was recently left overwhelmed after discovering he was name checked on Eminem‘s new album ‘Kamikaze that was released by American rapper Eminem, released on August 31, 2018.
In a video doing the rounds on social media Hopsin says:”Yo, craziest shit just fucking happened. Eminem just said my name on his god damn song on his new album. This shit is crazy” Hopsin then goes on to play a snippet of Eminem’s track ‘Fall’, from his new album ‘Kamikaze’, in which Marshall Mathers raps: “I belong here, clown, don’t tell me ’bout the culture / I inspire the Hopsins, the Logics, the Coles, the Seans, the K-Dots, the 5’9″s…”
“Oh shit! What the fuck? I didn’t even know he knew who the fuck I was!” Hopsin says. “God damn, he said don’t tell him ’bout the culture, implying I’m part of the culture! I’ve gotta call my mom!”
Hopsin Battle Rap Stars
On October 31, 2011, Hopsin was featured in a mobile battle rap game, Battle Rap Stars by Jump Shot Media.
Hopsin Pound Syndrome| Fort Collins
While on tour slated on January 30, 2014, The rapper was scheduled to perform a show in Fort Collins, Colorado however feeling deeply depressed and even suicidal; he walked out the back door of the venue just before his performance. The rapper hid in a house that was under construction until he called a friend who came to pick him up. However, on July 11, 2015, to make amends, the rapper performed a free show for fans in Fort Collins at the same venue where he was originally slated to perform and dedicated a song titled “Fort Collins” on his album ‘Pound Syndrome’.
Hopsin had revealed on his Instagram that he’d be retiring from rap and moving to Australia. However, on December 25, 2014, Hopsin shared a video on his YouTube channel called “The REAL reason Hopsin left the music industry” with label mate Jarren Benton inspired by the film Dumb and Dumber To which stated that he was not quitting rap and it was all a joke, also revealing that he will be releasing a new album called Pound Syndrome in 2015.
On May 27, 2015, an interview was released on Sway Calloway’s YouTube channel, touching on his appearance at Soundest Music Festival, and announcing that Pound Syndrome would be released on July 24. In the interview, he said that this is “definitely the best album that [he’s] ever created, hands down.” In June 2015, both “Sag My Pants” and “Ill Mind of Hopsin 5” were certified Gold by the RIAA. On June 1, 2015, the first single off the album “Crown Me” was released. The second single “Fly” was released on July 8, 2015. Also in July 2015, it was announced that Hopsin had signed a distribution deal with Warner Bros. Records.The album was released on July 24, 2015. The album debuted at number 17 on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 17,000 copies.
Hopsin Label Undercover Prodigy
In January 2016,the rapper took to social media to announce that Funk Volume is “officially dead”, due to ongoing business issues and financial disputes with Damien Ritter who used to be his business partner and co-founder of the label. The rapper officially left Funk Volume in March 2016 and has since founded his own independent record label company, Undercover Prodigy. The rapper consecutively released “Ill Mind of Hopsin 8” under the label, which also doubles as a diss song to Damien Ritter. In February 2017, He confirmed his fifth studio album and released his single titled “All Your Fault”. In the same month, Hopsin confirmed in an interview that he signed a distribution deal with 300 Entertainment.
On September 22, 2017, Hopsin released a single titled “The Purge”. The following single, “Happy Ending”, was released on October 13, 2017.
Hopsin No Shame
No Shame is the fifth studio album by American rapper Hopsin. The album was released on November 24, 2017, through Undercover Prodigy and 300 Entertainment. No Shame debuted at number 42 on the US Billboard 200, with 15,000 album-equivalent units, in its first week.
Hopsin Eye Contacts |Hopsin Eyes
Hopsin uses Colored Contact Lenses, costing approximately $27.99/pair. According to Hopsin; ” The contacts are a form of rawness and a way to intimidate other rappers. When they automatically see me, they’ll assume that I’m wack or some bubblegum type of crazy rapper. I want them to think that because when they hear me spit, it’s a whole other story. I’ve always been weird and stuff.” Hopsin began wearing colored eye contacts in appearances in interviews, music videos, and performances. He stated that he used the contacts to give himself a memorable appearance and differentiate himself from other African American rappers.
my white eyes are for making people look stupid when they judge my book by its cover. I love when im underestimated
— Hopsin (@hopsin) October 11, 2010
Hopsin & Tyler, The Creator
upon the release of “Ill Mind of Hopsin 4”, in July 2011; he fired a diss to Tyler, The Creator of the Los Angeles hip hop collective, Odd Future and his “Yonkers” music video. In the lyrics, the rapper said that he hates Odd Future’s music, noting its negativity and “random” lyrical content and criticizing the group’s production values. Tyler later responded via Formspring, stating that although “Hopsin can rap,” he felt that he was “bitter” and attempting to “get a name” by dissing him and his rap group. Hopsin later confirmed that he did not have a beef with Tyler.
Hopsin & Soulja Boy
The rapper’s feud with Soulja Boy dates back to Hopsin’s single “Sag My Pants”, in which he fired a diss to the rapper. In late 2011, Soulja Boy called Hopsin “dope”adding that he wouldn’t necessarily bother dissing him until he got a little bit more famous. The rapper Soulja Boy made controversial comments towards Hopsin on one of his webcam chats on August 25, 2012, with his fans when Soulja stated “Fuck Hopsin. I’m about to go in the studio and record this Hopsin diss real quick”. soulja boy added “That nigga’s a bitch; fuck that bitch ass nigga.” Two days later on August 27, 2012 Hopsin and Soulja confronted each other on Tinychat where Hopsin tried to provoke Soulja into dissing him and on September 3, 2012, SouljaBoy consecutively released a Hopsin diss “That Nigga Not Me”, to which Hopsin has not responded. In an interview with Tim Westwood regarding Soulja Boy’s diss, the rapper went on to add that the diss song was horrible and that he has legitimate beef with Soulja Boy. He also said he is contemplating “smashing the hell out of Soulja’s career.”while on the interview with Westwood.
Hopsin Orlando arrest
Hopsin Drug advocacy
The rapper is an advocate for anti drug and substance abuse and has always shown his stand against drug and alcohol usage. He has shown criticism on how mainstream entertainers promote usage of drugs and alcohol to youth. “Nocturnal Rainbows”,one of his tracks emphasizes his dislike for drugs (most notably crystal meth) and the irreversible damage they are capable of. He has stated that he tries to be a hip hop musician who can instill positive influences in people who listen to his music. He follows a straight edge lifestyle, and has claimed to have never drunk, taken recreational drugs, or smoked.
Hopsin Tv Appearance
The rapper commenced his career t in entertainment appearing as a background extra in movies and Disney Channel TV shows such as Lizzie McGuire,Gilmore Girls, John Tucker Must Die, Even Stevens, Cold Case and Malcolm in the Middle among others shows. His most notable television appearance was on the Tv show ‘That’s So Raven‘, which he took part in for several years, starting when he was just 15 years old. In the entire course of his appearances he only had a speaking part a single time. He also made an appearance in the 2009 film ‘Fame‘ as a budding rapper., The rapper has also co-starred in the second season of the TV drama series Murder in the First back in 2015.
- Gazing At The Moonlight (2009)
- Raw (2010)
- Knock Madness (2013)
- Pound Syndrome (2015)
- No Shame (2017)
|Max Keeble’s Big Move||2001||Pizza Parlor Guy||Extra|
|Fame||2009||Senior Rapper||Supporting role|
|Bomb the World||2010||Face||Starring role|
|Independent Living: The Funk Volume Documentary||2013||Himself||Starring role|
|That’s So Raven||2003||Guy #2|| Extra
1 episode (“To See or Not to See”)
|Murder In The First||2015||Fatty B|
|Battle Rap Stars||2011||Himself||For Android and iPhone|