10 Essential Funk Volume Tracks


Funk Volume emerged from a combination of frustration and ambition. As XXL detailed back in our most recent issue, the L.A. based label formed after rapper Hopsin went through a messy split with Ruthless Records that left the contact-sporting artist with a bad taste in his mouth. Determined to stay independent, Hopsin and his business partner Damien “Dame” Ritter founded the company in 2008, designing it as an independent home for artists who fall outside the mainstream, and now, 5 years later, the company is standing stronger than ever.

With the release of Hopsin’s latest album, Knock Madness, next week on November 26, XXL has decided to throw a spotlight on the label’s efforts over the last few years, selecting 10 songs that show the lyrical dexterity and sonic diversity of Funk Volume’s roster. From Hopsin to Dizzy Wright to SwizZz to newcomer Jarren Benton, the label has become known for testing the limits of hip-hop. So turn up the volume and dive in.

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  • Andres Reyes

    damn dizzy wright hitting the roids or what

    • joel james

      he just eating now haha

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  • GrizzlyAdams

    Why is there no ILL Mind of Hopsin’s on the list?

  • Devon Lorek

    Less Hop, more Dizzy.
    Better Smokeout and My Grandma’s basement songs.
    Yes FV 2012, yes Hotel Stripper.
    Nothing from Hopsin’s new leaks should be up here and at least one Golden Age song needs to be.

    • FVforLife

      Hotel Stripper shouldn’t be there, it should be Ill Mind 5

  • jonathan schrak

    Watsky Should be added

  • BigWolf

    hotel strippers sucks. Need WAY more SwizZz on this list.

  • Ahmed El Aissi

    Where the hell is The flavor ?