KillerHipHop Exclusive: Hopsin Interview
A couple of weeks ago we had the tremendous opportunity of talking to the talented Hospin. Hop’ has been fu[n]king stuff up in the industry for a while now, so it was about time we caught up with him for an interview.
During our Q&A, Hopsin speaks on the Funk Volume crew, staying independent, Odd Future, Tech N9ne, Knock Madness, not using drugs or alcohol, and a lot more. Full interview below.
KHH: You released “FV 2012″ a couple of weeks ago. Are we going to see a Funk Volume collaborative project in 2012?
Hopsin: We’re probably just going to focus on our individual projects. I’m working on my album, Knock Madness, and every artist is going to work on their solo projects. For 2012, I want to focus on the individuality of every artist. So they can have their own thing going, so we’re not all riding off of each other you know. We want to establish everyone individually.
KHH: Just to let the people know, Funk Volume is the label you founded after you left Ruthless Records?
Hopsin: Yea, I founded it while I was on Ruthless Records. But, we didn’t get fully moving until I was off of Ruthless. It was in 2007 when it was created.
KHH: Speaking of crews, let’s talk about the Odd Future crew. What’s going on with them?
Hopsin: Nothing at all. All it was was a simple little call out, not even called dissing. I just talk about things that I see, [and] I thought I’d voice my opinion on [it]. But I don’t know those guys in any way. I’ve never ran into ‘em. I have nothing to do with them. Simply what you saw from my video, was all it ever was. I don’t know whatever it will be, but that’s all it is. I know them just as much as everybody else who watches them on YouTube or anywhere else. It’s literally all it is.
KHH: You also called them Illuminati puppets. So do you believe in some sort of Illuminati?
Hopsin: Yea, I believe in some [organization] that controls things in the media. Especially in the mainstream world that allows a certain type of music to only come out. They only approve of certain kind of sounding music, so you know the public doesn’t have too much knowledge. So yea I believe in that.
KHH: You’ve been very critical of mainstream music in a lot of your songs. Will you ever sign to a big label if given the opportunity?
Hopsin: Funk Volume for life. Period.
KHH: Not even with someone like Strange Music?
Hopsin: Funk Volume for life. That’s all I’m rollin’ with, yup (laughs).
KHH: Now about the Eminem comparisons, there’s a lot of them. Do you take them as compliments or do you find them annoying?
Hopsin: I mean, It’s a little bit of both. But I keep on rising in my career. If it were that much of an issue I wouldn’t be where I’m at right now in my career. I wouldn’t keep on rising, ’cause usually people who are I guess biting someone to the fullest, and jocking someones style they eventually get their cards pulled, and they don’t make it that far. I’ve been hearing that since High School. But, it’s all good. I keep on rising. I got a lot of fans who are dedicated and know all of my songs. So I’m not trippin’.
KHH: Let’s talk about one of my favorite songs, “Nocturnal Rainbows”. The hook on there is really interesting, could you break it down for us?
Hopsin: Nocturnal Rainbows is the true colors that are shown during nighttime. So people, when the lights are on them, when the spotlight is on them, they pretend that they’re something else… and be frauds pretty much. Like if you put them on the spot they’ll pretend like, “oh yea everything is all good, everything is all this and that”. Then when the light is not on them they show their true colors. Which are nocturnal rainbows. A lot of people are frauds. They pretend to be somebody in public but behind the scenes they’re something completely different. Or they’re keeping secrets from everybody and shit. Not telling everybody what the real deal is. That’s basically what I’m talking about. The only thing that I know that is real is just the moon. Meaning I can’t trust people that’s why I say the moon is my only homie. It’s just that I don’t know who to believe. With the moon it’s the only thing I have to look at when I’m feeling down and stuff.
KHH: How did your collaboration with Tech N9ne come about?
Hopsin: He called me while I was on my I Am Raw Tour. He just said that he had this track in his mind, and thought I’d sound good on it. A few hours later he emailed me the beat. Then, I hit him back, and told him that I liked the beat, and all that, and that I was down to do it. I mean, I was going to do it regardless, it’s Tech N9ne. But yea, I just told him that the beat was real dope. He told me that B.o.B had produced it, and did the chorus on it, and was also going to do a verse. I was just excited that he had me be a part of that. So yea, I flew back home to LA, to lay down the song in my studio, I [then] emailed it over to him, and he called me back a few hours later, and told me that the verse was real sick, and yea. It helped me out a lot once that album came out. It got me a lot more fans. So shout out to Tech N9ne for that. Already 1 shout out (laughs) we just got started.
KHH: You guys just shot a video for that too, right?
Hopsin: Yea we shot the video. It hasn’t come out yet. I don’t know when it’s coming out, you’ll have to ask Tech N9ne’s people. But, yea we shot the video about two and a half weeks ago in Atlanta. It was cool, I had a lot of fun on the set.
KHH: What projects are you currently working on right now?
Hopsin: I’m just working on my album, Knock Madness. [We] can get ready for a release whenever it gets done. I don’t have a release date for it right now. But I’ll be posting stuff about it once I get everything in motion. Right now I still got to do the photo shoot for it, for the album cover and all that. So it’s not really going to be moving ’till January.
KHH: Are there going to be any features on there?
Hopsin: Yea there will be features from SwizZz, [and] Dizzy Wright. I’m not going to have too many features because I’m not all about features. I like albums that are like 90% me, just because it’s my album. But Dizzy Wright and SwizZz, those are the two official features I’ll have on it. But there will probably be 1 or 2 other people, but I don’t know who yet. But, we’ll see [because] I don’t have anybody locked in.
KHH: I’ve also heard from your songs that you were in Special Ed classes growing up. Why?
Hopsin: Yea I was in Special Ed through Junior High, and High School, because I had ADHD. I still do have it. I didn’t do my work. It was just because I was doing my own thing. I wanted to rap, skateboard, and draw all the time. So they put me in that class. I wasn’t listening to what they wanted me to do.
“I think it’s the best way to live life, just to be pure, and to understand how to take control over [our] emotions. Just learn how to deal with situations, and not do drugs and do all that stuff to escape reality.”
KHH: You’re also against using drugs and alcohol right?
Hopsin: Yes that’s correct. I don’t see a reason to do that stuff. I feel good the way I am. I feel everybody is pretty much unless you got some mental disabilities. Everybody we all have minds, we’re all the same. I think it’s the best way to live life, just to be pure, and to understand how to take control over [our] emotions. Just learn how to deal with situations, and not do drugs and do all that stuff to escape reality. It’s going to take its toll in some way. The more you escape reality, your body is getting f-cked up in some way by doing all those drugs and alcohol in the long run. I think the best way is to just learn how to make yourself into that type. These are all my personal views. You know if people want to live like this, that’s on them. We’re all humans, and we can do whatever the hell we want, and how we want. But the way I feel is that to tackle obstacles in a pure mindset is going to hurt. Once I go through that obstacle, and the next time I run into it, I’m going to know how to deal with it. I’ll be stronger. It could be stuff dealing with pain, or it could be about happiness as well. You know If I go to the club or a party, I’m never wasted or anything. I’m sober, and I’m still having fun. A lot of people feel like they can’t have fun without being intoxicated or something. That’s not true. A lot of people are just so used to partying that way. They just don’t know how to have fun. Their character just hasn’t been developed that much. So without drugs they’re almost like weak. They don’t know how to function. The drugs open them up. But I don’t want to be that person that they are when they’re on drugs. If that makes sense. The craziest and the wildest that person is while they’re on drugs, whatever they’re down for I want to be that same way but being sober. I want to train myself to be that way to where I can sit in all sorts of environments. I’m not a party pooper though (laughs), definitely not a party pooper. I like my body too. I don’t want to damage my lungs, or my liver, and all that stuff so yea. I just like to be pure.
KHH: Well congratulations on staying sober right now, because in Hip-Hop everybody is talking about drugs.
Hopsin: Oh yea, I’m ready to bash all of them too (laughs).
KHH: Where can people get your music?
Hospin: You can get my music on MyFunkVolume.com. Just google it, look on YouTube, it’s all over the place. You’ll find it somewhere. Just type in Hopsin on Google, something will come up. Make sure to get my album Raw if you don’t have it. Look out for Knock Madness.
KHH: Anything else you want to tell the people of KillerHipHop?
Hopsin: Yea just be yourself. Don’t try to be like everybody else. Do what you really want to do. All these people who are your so called friends are probably just going to take you deeper into the hell hole they are already in, and they can’t get out of. So, it’s okay to be different, it’s okay if you don’t fit in. If you don’t fit in, all it means is that you’re on a better path in life than everybody is in anyways. Everybody else who is fitting in has a fucked up life pretty much. At least from what I see. So yea, do what you want. Follow your heart. Be you.
Hopsin is definitely on the rise. Be on the lookout for Knock Madness, and go buy his last album, Raw. Now that you know a little more about the ill mind of Hopsin, follow him on twitter, and like him on facebook.
Interview by: Quez
Also, check out our 1 Verse, 1 Hearse featuring Hopsin’s “Nocturnal Rainbows”.