Video: Hopsin – “Ill Mind of Hopsin 7”

Funk Volume Co-Founder Stands Alone Under A Blazing Desert Sun in Search of a Response From God


The Video:

Follow the “Ill Mind of Hopsin” series and you’ll have a diary-like timeline of Hopsin‘s rise in the industry from a hard-spitting, white contact lens-wearing rapper with an overcrowded MySpace account sitting in a dark, dungeon-like room in the first episode to a fearless, developed artist who’s toured the world and garnered nearly 200 million YouTube views, questioning God and his surroundings in the latest episode.

Ill Mind of Hopsin 7” takes place in an abandoned desert, where Hopsin bares the blazing sun and stares into the big open sky in search of a sign from a higher power. “The video shows me reaching out to God because I want a reaction,” says the Funk Volume co-founder. “I kind of talk myself out of believing in God. Not that he doesn’t exist, but I go through an emotional rollercoaster so sometimes I’m yelling, but I’m not disrespecting God – it’s that I want to get a reaction from him.”

Releasing every year on his birthday, July 18, Hopsin has a method he uses to create each Ill Mind episode. He typically begins the creative process for “Ill Mind of Hopsin” at the top of the month, explaining that he wants them to be as spontaneous as possible. He chooses a concept, then creates a beat reflecting the style of song he’s looking to make, then he ruminates on ideas, then he adds his lyrics. “I take down notes as if I’m writing a book, I write down all of the areas I want to cover,” he says, “then it’s connecting the dots at that point.”

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Upcoming U.S. shows:

July 25 – Kokomo, IN – Centerstage
July 26 – Thornville, OH – Gathering of the Juggalos
July 27 – Joliet, IL – Mojoes

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Please contact Michelle or Rory if interested in talking with Hopsin.

Hopsin Background:

Panorama, California native Hopsin faced many obstacles and controversy to get to where he is now. Hopsin’s obstacles first began as a child, being placed in special education classes and forced to believe that he would never amount to anything, which caused him to drop out of school completely in 2004. By 2010, Hopsin unhappily signed to a former label that failed to reach his artistic and commercial expectations.  Surviving all obstacles and controversy, Hopsin is now not only a successful rapper but also a producer, editor, actor and director. He has amassed an incredible 785,00 YouTube subscribers and 2 million Facebook “Likes” over years of hard work and dedication. In addition, Hopsin is co-founder of indie power house Funk Volume. Funk Volume currently has 260,000 Youtube subscribers and 415,000 Facebook “Likes.”  Hopsin focuses on how to engage fans with both sharp lyricism and careful branding, and brings forth a unique attitude and charisma that makes hip hop unpredictable again. He released his sophomore album, Knock Madness, on November 26th, 2013 and is constantly on tour. He will be touring Canada and Europe soon – dates here:

Funk Volume Background:

There are few labels in hip-hop doing it quite like Funk VolumeFunk Volume is a Los Angeles-based record label, marketing, and production company that been cited as a leader among independent rap labels with over 62 million YouTube views, 415,000 Facebook “Likes” consistent Top 10 chart placements on Billboard and iTunes and high profile write-ups in media outlets such as Forbes, Billboard, SPIN, LA Weekly, and many more. Founded in 2008 by internationally recognized rap artist Hopsin and Stanford MBA grad Damien “Dame” Ritter, the label was created with one thing in mind: protecting the integrity of the artist’s vision. Currently home to rappers Hopsin, SwizZz, Dizzy Wright, and Jarren Benton and more recently, DJ’s and producers Hoppa, Kato, and Rikio, the label has quickly transformed into being a label to watch by fans and industry insiders alike. Funk Volume recently released their first documentary, Independent Living, which captures the artists’ swift rise during their 44-date national tour in 2012. The latest release from the Funk Volume label is marquee artist Hopsin’s Knock Madness. For more info:

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“Ill Mind of Hopsin 7”:

“I Need Help”:

“Hop Is Back”:

“Ill Mind Of Hopsin 6”:

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