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Tech N9ne Rates The Bars & He Punishes A Guest Verse From 1 Of His Songs (Video)

Tech N9ne is the latest guest on "Rate The Bars." The co-founder of Strange Music stresses that he wants to see some gangsta songwriting. The Kansas City, Missouri veteran, Indie Rap juggernaut, and member of The Regime hands out several perfect scores, praising bars that are especially rooted in street-life.... 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

Shots Fired! Hopsin Attacks Every Stereotype He Sees As Polluting Hip-Hop These Days (Video)

If Hopsin has been consistent at anything, it has been staying true to the lyrical craftsmanship of MCing, filling his songs with sharp rhymes and witty wordplay. In recent years, mainstream Rap music has rewarded MCs who do the opposite of this; spit simple rhymes with cookie-cutter flows over hard... 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 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

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

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

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

GOAT: Which One of These MCs Deserves a Shot at Advancing to Round 2?

As we continue the ultimate battle for the title of the GOAT (Greatest of All-Time), we are asking you to help us rank who is the greatest MC to pick up a mic. We will take over 35 years of Hip-Hop into consideration, pairing special match-ups in a sequence not... 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

This Week in Video Brought New Redman & Method Man, DJ Quik, 1996 Kanye and More (Video Playlist)

This was a big week in Hip-Hop video, bringing new music from Method Man & Redman and DJ Quik, a bombastic lyric video from Busta Rhymes & Eminem, Nas' video for "Represent" 20 years later, a provocative video from Hopsin, footage of 19-year old Kanye freestyling, a preview of Aaron... 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

2012 XXL Freshman Class

So...XXL revealed its Freshman Class of 2012 today. It consists of Future, Kid Ink, Danny Brown, French Montana, Macklemore, Don Trip, Machine Gun Kelly, Hopsin, Iggy Azalea and Roscoe Dash. There are some VERY notable omissions (but more on that later). Which list makes you more irate between this one... Read more