Getting Inside “The Ill Mind Of Hopsin 6”: Should We Care?

Posted 3 years ago by
ll-mind-of-hopsin-6
Download DJBooth's new App, The PLUG
(Pic via Hopsin's Instagram.)


 



Whoever coined the phrase don’t judge a book by it’s cover clearly wasn’t a hip-hop fan. There are so many talented artists out there that it would be impossible to give every single one the time they deserve. Instead, we tend to make assumptions about an artist because of the way he looks or what we hear about them, whether or not its accurate or fair.



It is human nature to make snap judgments on people based on very little actual knowledge, so why would hip-hop be any different? One artist, I know very little about, but thought I had pegged was Hopsin. I know he is a touring fiend, has a loyal fanbase, and releases material on a just slightly more than Jay Elec schedule. I also thought he was a left-of center, wild artist that you might find on Strange Music as opposed to Funk Volume. With his new video-assisted single, "Ill Mind Of Hopsin 6" (off his forthcoming album), those, like me, who don’t know much about him, learn a lot more than just what he is like behind the mic.

 

 

 



 


Is this cut mind-blowing or genre changing? No, but it is a pretty solid effort, and, for me, a solid introduction to the mind and stylings of Hop. Backed by his own, violin-driven beat (bonus points for producing his own shit) Hop shares a tale of a friend addicted to Meth with a very unique flow. It is powerful, but also has a subtle nasally sound which gives it a little more punch. Hopsin even flexes his pipes on the hook; a nice compliment to his flow, which grows more and more intense as the song builds.



Before this song, I would never have pegged Hopsin as a storytelling or narrative emcee, but the dude has some conceptual skills. I always prefer a story or narrative in my hip-hop and if I am considering whether or not to keep an artist on my radar, the content is always what sways me. If this were a song about how hungry Hop is or how much he likes to smoke weed, I’d probably say forget it, but because there is some depth to it, I will definitely be checking out more; going that extra mile does wonders for any emcee, big or small.



So what do you think RefinedHype Nation, should I continue to care about Hopsin? Do you? Did this cut, for better or worse, change your opinion of him?


 

 

Hopsin   Refinedhype

Comments
Get The PLUG app by DJBooth and get the best hip-hop writing and news delivered daily.

You Might Like

Featured Video

Hip Hop News

You Don’t Have to Listen To Lil Yachty to Like Lil Yachty

How I learned to stop worrying and hope Lil Yachty wins, even if I still don't like his music. Read More
Posted about 3 hours ago by Yoh

Rich Chigga: I Only Say Nigga When I’m Jamming to Rap Music

We can add Rich Chigga to the growing list of people that need to get out of "hip-hop" immediately. Read More
Posted 3 hours ago by Nathan S.

Kweku Collins, The Artist #A3CTopProspects

Our A3C Top Prospects series rolls on with a Chicago outsider determined to invite the world into his music. Read More
Posted 4 hours ago by Nathan S.

Chance the Rapper, Big Sean & Mike Will Upset Over Recent Music Leaks

There really are people who think they deserve to listen to leaked music. Those people are the worst. Read More
Posted about 5 hours ago by Nathan S.

Gucci Mane Becomes Rap’s Role Model for Sobriety: “I Was a Drug Addict, I Was Numb”

Gucci Mane's unlikely metamorphosis from white boy wasted to a role model for sober and healthy living. Read More
Posted about 7 hours ago by William E. Ketchum III

Kevin Gates is The Most Popular Streaming Artist in the South

The only people challenging Drake for national streaming dominance are Eminem and...Kevin Gates? Read More
Posted 8 hours ago by William E. Ketchum III
Sample Text - Sample Link
0:00
3:00
Shrink
Hide

TRENDING NOW



Flame

TOP 20 MUSIC CHARTS


Discover the best new songs, videos, and albums added to the Booth.