Funk Volume Wagers $500,000 On Hopsin, Dizzy Wright & Jarren Benton Battling Any Label (Video)
California-based independent label Funk Volume is presently home to a roster of MCs that includes Hopsin, Dizzy Wright, Jarren Benton, and SwizZz. The label, launched by Hop’ and Damien “Dame” Ritter has challenged the charts through a series of releases, also while steadily touring and releasing mixtapes, videos, contests, and virtual conferences to fans.
Following an appearance on Sway’s Universe (August 19), Hopsin announced that he, Dizzy Wright, and Jarren are issuing a challenge to any three artists on any label in Hip-Hop. Moreover, Funk Volume says it will post $500,000 on the wager.
— Sway Calloway (@RealSway) August 19, 2015
In a clip, the former Ruthless Records artist (joined by Dizzy and Benton) tells Sway Calloway and Heather B the offer extends to “anybody,” as he asks to be taken literally. Presumably, the challenge is extended to labels willing to match the half-a-million-dollar bet.
This challenge comes just weeks after Yasiin Bey (f/k/a Mos Def) was recorded issuing a Rap-wide challenge to contenders of him, King Los, and The Roots’ Black Thought. One day later (August 8), the Brooklyn, New York MC/actor clarified the remarks, claiming that video was never intended for public consumption, and questioned the cultural subtext of Battle Rap. Lupe Fiasco was among those who vowed to accept Bey’s challenge, which stated it would use money from Red Bull Music Academy.
However, Heads can speculate. Hopsin—who recently released Top 20 debut Pound Syndrome, previously vowed to retire from Rap and relocate to the continent of Australia. Based around an Instagram post, the promise was later revealed to be a social media hoax.
If for real, how do you feel about this proposition? Sway in particular mentioned in the interview and in his Twitter post (above), that the rosters of Shady Records, Top Dawg Entertainment, and Funk Volume affiliates Strange Music may be interested in the offer.