1 Verse, 1 Hearse #21, Hopsin – Ill Mind Of Hopsin 5
Maybe the Mayans are right. Lately it’s been one catastrophe after another. Just a few months ago a man ate another man’s face. Of course we’ve all heard about the Dark Knight massacre. Events like these prompt people to say that this generation is the extinction of decency. Then there’s the rap music. It glorifies violence and the superficial lyrics degrade women. Laziness seems to be at an all time high while creativity is at an all time low. The people behind these words are usually old white grumpy people on TV who know nothing about the culture. So what happens when someone from within culture comes out in criticism of the music? Well, maybe that means that they’re right. Not that the culture is doomed, but that it has a lot of room for improvement. Thankfully Hopsin is one of those dudes pushing the ignorance in our culture off the table. “Ill Mind Of Hopsin 5″ has made a giant step towards Making SMART Cool. So turn up if you’re down with
real progressive hip-hop!
Man I hate rap, but if the shoe fits, wear it
I’ve become a freak of nature all the kids stare at
Who walk around bumping RAW with the shit blaring
Saying “fuck school” and dropping out like a miscarriage
And I’m ashamed I played a part in this devilish game
Making your common sense perish
But I ain’t taking the full blame
‘Cause most of you chumps running around here ain’t never had strict parents
All of your brain cells rotting from weed
You feeling like if you ain’t got it, life’s not as complete
You’re having sex with every motherfuckin’ body you see
With a past so dark that Satan would jump out of his seat
But still you out in these streets thinking you hot as can be
Without the knowledge to lead so you just follow the sheep
Making sure your lame swag is all polished and clean
While your favorite rapper’s like “Yeah he got it from me”
You been brainwashed by a fake life that you’re used to livin’
When I say the word “fun”, what do you envision?
Probably drinking and smoking out with your crew
And chilling with clueless women you trying to bang, bumping New Edition
Is that all you think life really is?
Well if so, then you’re a fucking idiot
I honestly feel like grabbing your head and hitting it
Matter of fact, you don’t even deserve a brain, Give me it!
Do you even have any goals?
Aside from bagging these hoes and packing a bowl?
Well let me guess, no
You’re only in school because your parents make you go
And all you do is play beer pong and hang out with your bros
Yo, society’s got you living for a whack cause
You’re a fucking adult with no skills at all!
You don’t read any books or play ball
You don’t draw, you literally do nothing at all
Still you fiend for the glamorous fruits
You don’t have cause you idolize rappers that do
And all they say is “I got money and it’s stacked to the roof”
And now you think that it’s gon’ magically just happen to you?
How, your lazy ass don’t commit to labor
You pick something up, try it out, and put it down two minutes later
Then you complain about your life cause it ain’t getting catered
Now whoever tries to call you on your bullshit’s a hater?
You wanna succeed, you have to try
Or one day you’ll get older and regret it all cause you can’t provide
Your friends are lowlifes, don’t act surprised
Look, just cut the bad fruit off of the tree, make the sacrifice
Hopsin encapsulated all of the youth’s troubles in one song. He then delivered his message in an easy-to-swallow pill. There isn’t much decoding to do because Hopsin made sure to make his message universally understood. Being that the track is dedicated to those happy with disappointment, he made sure to speak clearly without any complex metaphors. His message couldn’t have been any clearer: you kids are messing up, so get your life together. Your definition of fun or cool is completely off. Also, these rappers lie to you.
Topics discussed in “Ill Mind Of Hopsin 5″ included school, loose parenting, drug use, sex, gang banging, complacency, and lack of discipline. Hopsin attacked the belief that dropping out of school is cool. Well, if working at a dead end minimum wage job is cool nowadays, then yes, dropping out of school is awesome. Later on Hopsin blamed so called parents who fail to discipline their kids. Poor parenting is usually the key ingredient in losers. Take note that Hopsin doesn’t give any excuses like most rappers. Here in the U.S. of A, there’s no excuse for failure. Hopsin is adamant in getting that message across. Throughout the verse directed at males, Hopsin points out that some of their priorities are mistaken. They mostly care about swag, smoking, and procreating, when they don’t even have the knowledge to lead so they just follow the most popular
cat sheep at their high school. In this world there are leaders, and then there are followers. We currently have too many followers.
Hopsin also spoke about rappers misleading the youth, but it’s like beating a dead horse. As long as people continue supporting these rappers that glorify ignorance, we’re going to continue hearing ignorance on our radio stations. I said it in “D-EVILS” and I’ll say it again, there’s a difference between telling a violent story and blatantly glorifying violence. The line between these two is very thin. When these rich dudes are faced with the facts that they promote violence, they change the conversation and talk about all of the positive things they do. You can’t do damage and then make up for it monetarily. We’re not even back to where we started? You can’t put a price or a toy drive on a person’s life. Hip-Hop does a lot of positive things, but at the same time, there’s a lot of ignorant aspects to it. That’s what Hopsin is talking about. Rappers should be held accountable to their people because of their people, they have accountants counting cash.
Overall, this is one of my favorite tracks this year, and definitely one of the most deserving of a “1 Verse, 1 Hearse.” I love when tracks carry such a positive message that’s actually relevant. It’s a breath of fresh air in this era filled with smoke. Hopsin genuinely cares about his fans and this track shows it. Other rappers just care about their fan’s money. So support Hopsin by buying this track on iTunes. Those of you worried about the state of hip-hop should stop fearing. Hopsin is here.