Hopsin is well known in hip-hop for his exceptional lyricism. The Funk Volume general behind “Ill Mind Of Hopsin” has showcased his venomous rhymes on a number of guest verses and his own albums. Although Hop resides over on the West Coast in L.A., he wasn’t out of the loop when Trinidad Jame$ ranted about Atlanta running the birthplace of hip-hop. XXL asked Hopsin his thoughts on James's controversial comments, and he didn’t hold anything back.

On why Jame$’s comments shouldn’t be taken seriously:

Trinidad Jame$ is the most garbage piece of rapper that has ever existed on the face of the Earth. His opinion is like a newborn baby saying it’s the king of the world as far as fighting and it would whoop Bruce Lee’s ass. Like, c’mon now. What do you know about anything? Period.

Atlanta might be making moves and all that. There may be rappers who come out of there, but that doesn’t matter. It doesn’t mean that they are dope. If you break down the real formula, a lot of the dudes coming out there ain’t even really dope. They just got beats that bang. It’s the same shit that’s repetitive. That’s what the industry likes and that’s what being signed. It doesn’t mean its fucking dope. Go bar and bar. Put somebody a capella. Play one of their a capellas. Look at their lyrics. It ain’t changing nobody’s life. They ain’t doing nothing. They are not impressing anybody. It’s just the beats.

I heard people say that he even knows he’s wack. If he knows he’s wack, why would you take his opinion seriously? It’s a joke if he knows he’s that wack and he’s not trying to get better and just runs with [it]. If he’s satisfied with being wack, [then] his opinion isn’t that valid. He ain’t ripping shit and saying that. If he was killing the game, and if he was dope all around, I’d be like, “OK, maybe he’s right.” He has not one bar that is even impressive at all. Catchiness and dope are two different things. I could say, “Pooping in the studio! Pooping in the studio!” That could be catchy and somewhat dope, but that doesn’t mean it's dope. That’s why I hate wack rappers so much.