By: Me Shach Hopkins
A lot has changed for rapper Hopsin this past year. Though he is still very unknown and underrated recently he has added hated to that list. But this was expected. His bizarre style and disrespectful lyrics were sure to gain him a response sooner or later. All the attention Hopsin has been receiving lately makes one wonder if he can use any of it to strengthen his musical career.
Last week, Hopsin was booked to headline a concert at Club 57 West in Orlando. Unfortunately he was arrested fifteen minutes before he was set to hit the stage. Video of the incident was uploaded and submitted to WorldStarHipHip. Angry fans booed and screamed, “Fuck the Police” as the rapper was escorted from the venue. Hopsin later comment on the incident via his Facebook fan page saying, “To all my fans who were let down at the Orlando Florida show 2 nights ago, I apologize and I will make it up in the future…I was arrested by a racist cop FOR NO REASON AT ALL! Once he found out I was Hopsin and saw that all those people were there to see me, he really got the urge to ruin my night and take me away faster.” But the drama didn’t end there.
As if Hopsin didn’t already have enough problems to worry about. The same night as his arrest, Soulja submitted a video to WorldStarHipHop saying, “Fuck Hopsin…that nigga a bitch. I’m boutta drop that Hopsin diss song tonight at 12 o’ clock midnight.” Listeners awaited the diss track but received nothing. Hopsin confronted Soulja Boy via Tinychat about his internet threats. A shaken up Soulja Boys told Hopsin that he would email him the diss track, then quickly retracted his earlier statement saying, “naw look…that was a joke but we need to chop it up doe…real talk.” Joking or not Hopsin was not fazed by Soulja Boy’s bluff, revealing him to be a wangsta – as if we didn’t already know.
It seems that 27-year-old Marcus Hopson is sick and tired of coming in last place in the rap race. His appearance on XXL Magazine’s 2012 Freshmen cover solidified a brighter future for the once struggling MC. In July, Hopsin uploaded his fifth installment of “IIL MIND OF HOPSIN” to YouTube, which has already reached over 11,500,000 views. Since leaving “Ruthless Records” life has gotten better for Hopsin who founded his own independent label, “Funk Volume,” and plans to release his third studio album titled “Knock Madness” sometime next year.
Hopsin has matured a great deal in his career – lyrically and financially. He is no longer getting jerked around by label execs. Nor is he struggling to build a fan base. It would be smart for Hopsin to use the buzz he has been generating to launch a major tour that will boost upcoming album sales. Hopsin takes pride in the fact that he is not “commercialized” or a sellout. However, he is finally getting the publicity and marketing that he longed for at Ruthless Records. Regardless of what Hopsin decided to do I’m certain that his fans will not be disappointed.