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Dizzy Wright & Big K.R.I.T.’s Video Captures Why So Many Are Outraged

One of the core subjects for Hip-Hop has long been police violence against unarmed Black Americans. From O.C. to KRS-One, to Kendrick Lamar's silhouette slowly falling to the dirt of the Los Angeles hinterland after a white officer took aim. Now Las Vegas, Nevada MC Dizzy Wright joins the fray... Read more

Dizzy Wright’s Ear Is To The Street. He Listens Then Puts His Plan To Action (Video)

Dizzy Wright has transformed from one of the key players of Funk Volume boom to the flagship artist of Still Movin'. The Las Vegas, Nevada native has proven throughout the decade that he has many styles, a variety of flows, and is capable of personal imagery and dazzling style. Visually,... Read more

Dizzy Wright Leaves The Funk Behind With New Teammates & A Volume Of Bars (Video)

At the beginning of 2016, Hopsin announced that the label he founded, Funk Volume, was closing shop. At the time, Las Vegas rapper Dizzy Wright had been with the label for nearly four years and the announcement cast a shadow of uncertainty over his future. In the months following the... Read more

Jarren Benton Has The Courage To Rap About Fears We All Face (Audio)

Jarren Benton has built a career around outlandish raps, circus-like stage-shows, and cringe-worthy comical similes. It is easy to understand why the Decatur, Georgia MC has worked with guys like D12's Bizarre and R.A. The Rugged Man. He is in that lineage. However, the onetime Funk Volume sensation now makes... Read more

Dizzy Wright’s Las Vegas Strip Isn’t Near The Casinos. Follow Him Home. (Video)

Dizzy Wright has proven to be one of—if not thee biggest Hip-Hop star Las Vegas, Nevada has ever produced. In a city where so many artists go to work and play, it is high time that a voice emerged. However, Wright's raps rarely deal with the lights, sounds, and attractions... Read more

Hopsin Airs His Grievances With Funk Volume On “Ill Mind Of Hopsin 8” (Video)

Over the years, Hopsin has been known to play pranks on fans and the media. In December of 2014, he claimed he was retiring and moving to Australia, only to reveal a couple of weeks later that it was a gag and he had a new album on the way.... Read more

Dizzy Wright Pairs “Wisdom & Good Vibes” With A Live Band Sound (EP Stream)

Dizzy Wright has released his latest EP, Wisdom and Good Vibes. The Las Vegas, Nevada MC is headed on the road with Logic this season, and puts fresh product out there for his base. Dizz's first project since last Spring's Ambrosia For Heads-acclaimed The Growing Process finds him working with... Read more

With Or Without Funk Volume, Dizzy Wright Is Plotting His Future & It Looks Bright (Video)

Over the last several weeks, there has been a lot of chatter about the demise of Funk Volume, the label home to Hopsin, Jarren Benton, Dizzy Wright and more. As the recent rift between, and possible reconciliation of, Lil Wayne and Birdman has shown, people in labels are often like... Read more

2015’s Best Battle On Wax? Funk Volume & Horseshoe Gang Trade Diss Tracks (Audio)

The year 2015 has seen a re-emergence of "beef" or diss records on wax in the world of Hip-Hop. While Mos Def a/k/a Yasiin Bey had a video leaked of him calling out MCs earlier this year, only for him to retract his challenge, 2015 has seen much hype around... Read more

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... Read more

Hopsin Lyrically Attacks Higher Education, Reality TV & Chemical Addictions (Video)

Set as a classroom final project, Hopsin's "Fly" is a lyrical thesis. The Funk Volume co-founder sets up Pound Syndrome (July 24) with a verbal exposé on things that he sees in this world that are designed to hold us back. Despite the academic setting of the visual, Hop' begins by calling... Read more

Dizzy Wright Is Making Real Message Music…But Where’s The Love? (Video)

Dizzy Wright's The Growing Process is quite quietly, one of the most substantial Rap albums of 2015. A Top 50 debut on the charts, the Las Vegas, Nevada MC showed multiple facets of himself on his sophomore Funk Volume full-length. "Higher Learning" showcases Dizzy's strengths as an evocative songwriter, with... Read more

Dizzy Wright Goes Above The Clouds With Demrick & DJ Hoppa (Audio)

Currently on the road for his Growing Process Tour, Dizzy Wright is steadily accumulating a national following, thanks complex artistry such as his new album. The tour is simultaneously promoting Wright's latest album and the work of Demrick and DJ Hoppa, an MC/producer duo with ties to Wright's past work.... Read more

Joell Ortiz, CyHi The Prynce & Jarren Benton Serve a Cypher for the Backpackers (Video)

Three animated lyricists come together for Team Backpack's latest cypher. Joell Ortiz, CyHi The Prynce, and Jarren Benton all have recent projects to promote. However, on stage together before a hungry, live audience, it's all about simply promoting skills. Jarren kicks things off with a mischievous mosaic of bars, combining... Read more

Hopsin’s Out To Snatch The Crown On His Next Album (Video)

When Hopsin pranked us late last year, the positive that came from it was that Heads would get a new album from him in 2015. That time has come, as he has released a music video for his first single off the album, Pound Syndrome, called "Crown Me." Unlike the... Read more

Dizzy Wright, Big K.R.I.T., & Tech N9ne Honor Memorial Day With A Deep Message (Audio)

Dizzy Wright, Big K.R.I.T., and Tech N9ne all love a good party record. These three MCs are masters at bringing the vibes of a strip club, a house party, or a festival to a track, with commanding energy. However, part of the reason all three artists are in an elite... Read more

Locksmith, Jarren Benton & Futuristic Have The Substance & The Style (Video)

Fresh off of February's "Killin' My Soul" video connect between Jarren Benton and Locksmith (with Hopsin), the pair come back with another tandem. This time, Futuristic joins the foray in "Blinded." The song talks about the distractions—whether social media comment sections, industry pressures, or significant others clawing that challenge focus.... Read more

Dizzy Wright Trains Your Mind For The Growing Process (Video)

Dizzy Wright has officially begun promotion for his upcoming sophomore album with Funk Volume, The Growing Process, as he just dropped the first single with a video for "Train Your Mind". The video features a more energetic Dizzy rapping in an empty room with his back turned to a mirror,... Read more

Jarren Benton & Hopsin Welcome Locksmith To Their Lyrical Lair (Video)

Jarren Benton's just-released digital EP, Slow Motion is nothing to sleep on. "Killin' My Soul" pairs Jarren with Hopsin, who co-founded the label Benton found success on. The tandem welcomes Northern California's Locksmith to the equation. In the polished visual, all three MCs show that place that they write and... Read more

Jarren Benton Sets 2015 Off With One Of The Better Freestyles You’re Gonna Hear (Video)

Funk Volume's pedigree for bigger than life lyricism is strong—especially on a label co-founded by Hopsin. One to watch though, is Georgia's Jarren Benton. A true Rap outcast/cool-guy hybrid, Jarren, in many ways, is a callback to early D12, R.A. The Rugged Man (who he's worked with), and Sticky Fingaz.... Read more

Hopsin’s Rap Retirement Revealed To Be A Prank…

UPDATE: Following Hopsin's December 18 Instagram retirement announcement and photograph (as reported below), the Funk Volume MC now calls his declaration "a prank." In a new 78-second video titled "The REAL Reason Hopsin Left The Music Industry," alongside Hopsin's artist Jarren Benton and inspired by the film Dumb and Dumber To,... Read more

Funk Volume Turns Up With Fresh, Thoughtful Dizzy Wright & Hopsin Freestyles (Videos)

Funk Volume continues to dig in their foot-hold in the Hip-Hop game. While Hopsin and Dizzy Wright are polar opposites in many ways, they both uphold this time-tested truth: say somethin' when you touch the microphone. Stopping through Tim Westwood's London booth at the BBC, each MC blazes up with... Read more

Dizzy Wright Looks At Headlines With Questions, He Needs Answers (Video)

After "State Of Mind" diverted its visual focus to the murder of Michael Brown, Dizzy Wright's latest video, "I Need Answers" pushes harder. The video follows police officers, with Dizzy (rapping in the church and also behind bars) speaking up for Black men being targeted, arrested, and murdered. Power, evocative... Read more

Dizzy Wright’s State Of Mind Is The State Of The Union (Video)

One of Hip-Hop's busiest sensations of the last 36 months is easily Dizzy Wright. The Las Vegas MC released his State Of Mind EP back around Tax Day. However, for the visual, the Funk Volume MC takes recent events—especially those surrounding Michael Brown's murder in Ferguson, Missouri, and weaves them... Read more

Dizzy Wright Isn’t The Only One Looking For Answers To The Events In Ferguson (Audio)

From T.I., Talib Kweli, Killer Mike, B.o.B., J. Cole, and Lauryn Hill, Hip-Hop has been answering the call in light of the recent events in Ferguson and the tragic killing of Michael Brown. Dizzy Wright is the next artist to take his adeptness for musicality to find answers of his... Read more

Still Unsure About Hopsin’s Staying Power? The Ill Mind Of Hopsin 7 Might Sway Your Decision (Video)

Hopsin is an enigma. In interviews, the San Fernando Valley, California MC/producer is often controversial, openly opining on things he disagrees with in the music industry. Often reclusive, the 2012 XXL Freshmen class alum continues to achieve viral success, and combat his peers (friends and foes alike) on the charts,... Read more

Jon Connor, Troy Ave, Jarren Benton & Lil Bibby Close Down The 2014 XXL Cyphers (Video)

Jon Connor has so much energy. The Flint, Michigan MC sets it off with DJ Drama on the turns, as the tireless Aftermath Entertainment sensation ramps up the final of three 2014 XXL freestyles. Then Jarren Benton is true to form, with his odd-ball humor, and vivid references. Lil Bibby... Read more

Dizzy Wright, Bishop Nehru, 9th Wonder and Jamla Create “BrILLiant” Music (Audio)

LRG Clothing releases BrILLiant Youth, a quick, 3 track EP with Funk Volume's Dizzy Wright and New York artist Bishop Nehru. The project is produced entirely by 9th Wonder and also features fellow Jamla Army members Big Remo and Add-2. Dizzy and Bishop mesh like water and ice, providing enough... Read more

Get To Know Jarren Benton Through His 2014 XXL Freestyle (Video)

Although he's hardly a new MC, Heads are just getting to know Jarren Benton. The Atlanta, Georgia-based MC is down with Funk Volume (Hopsin, Dizzy Wright), as well as R.A. The Rugged Man, Vinnie Paz, and other bully-mouth MCs from the Northeast. He's already got a Top 200 debut album... Read more

If You Define Dizzy Wright As Only Lighthearted, Check His Dedication To Lost Children (Audio)

Dizzy Wright has amassed a major (independent) fan-base through commanding concerts, connecting with the attitudes of modern youth culture, and seemingly never ceasing to give away music. However, the Las Vegas, Nevada MC has a lot more depth than some Heads may realize. Funk Volume's Wright dedicated a song this... Read more

Rose Royce Isn’t The Only Artist Havin’ Fun At The Car Wash. Check Dizzy Wright’s Everywhere I Go (Video)

It’s hardly a gamble when hitting play on a Dizzy Wright track and nothing raises that probability more than with his latest visual effort, “Everywhere I Go.” It’s clear that Funk Volume likes to stay on top of their craft as they’ve demonstrated with their recently wrapped, Don’t Fu[$]k Up... Read more

Dizzy Wright – We Turned Out Alright ft Wyclef Jean (Video)

One of Dizzy Wright's more inspirational songs from The Golden Age gets the video treatment. Not many could see this collaboration with Fugees' co-founder Wyclef Jean coming. However, from Newark to Las Vegas, this sounds organic and true. One of Dizzy's most unique abilities is his penchant for the motivational... Read more

Dizzy Wright – Tell ‘Em My Name (Video)

In the tradition of Eminem, Snoop Doggy Dogg and The Disco 3 (Fat Boys), Dizzy Wright makes his namesake anthem in a video that doubles as a moving look-book for Rocksmith Clothing. This joint appears on The Golden Age, surely a contender for one of 2013's most talked-about tapes. Related:... Read more

Dizzy Wright – Fashion ft Kid Ink & Honey Cocaine (Video)

Just in time for the proverbial "September issue," three MCs who are known for their styles on and off the mic link up to a song about swag. Dizzy flips words with precision, talking about his sneakers and vintage vantage. Tyga's protege Honey Cocaine comes in to discussion her love... Read more

Dizzy Wright – The Golden Age (Mixtape)

Amidst a breakthrough 12 months, Las Vegas' Dizzy Wright delivers his most polished to date. The Golden Age is a freebie that features Wyclef Jean, Joey Bada$$, Honey Cocaine, SwizZz, and his XXL Freshmen classmate Logic. Early Twitter fanfare is calling it Dizzy's best work to date. What we love... Read more

Dizzy Wright – Cant Stop Wont Stop (Video)

One has to admire Dizzy Wright. The Las Vegas, Nevada emcee is a chilled out individual. His tracks walk the fine line between smoked out club tracks and personal diary entries. This is more of the former, with a dash of the latter, as the Funk Volume homie chronicles his... Read more