Hopsin Explains The Stories Behind His Best Tracks On New Album ‘Knock Madness’
It’s been three years since fans heard of a new album from Hopsin. This wasn’t intentional, however; Hop has been using the extra time to revaluate everything surrounding his rapid success. "The last time I put out Raw, that boosted me up in the underground to one of the top underground artists who was making moves and touring around the world,” he says. “I am getting all this fame, but I don’t absolutely know what I should rap about. Should I rap about how much money I made in the past year? I don’t want to rap about that because then people will call me a sellout and all that shit. I don’t really want to rap about money. I didn’t really know what to do."
Hopsin allowed life to take its course before getting back into the booth. Personal experiences sparked a wealth of ideas, many of which are represented in songs throughout his third studio album, Knock Madness (Funk Volume), out November 26. This may be a shocker to some, but Hop has stated this will be his last recorded album for a while, as he plans to take a hiatus after going on tour. "When I take a break, I am still going to be making music, I am [just] not going to be out publicly promoting shit," he says. "I am just going to be in my own house, doing whatever the fuck I want to do. Finding myself as a person."
Talks of taking a hiatus from rap shouldn't sound disappointing. Fans can still look ahead for Hop's highly anticipated LP that will include Jarren Benton, Dizzy Wright, Tech N9ne, SwizZz and more. Just a week ahead of his release date, we jumped on the phone with the Funk Volume leader to have him share a few tracks to look out for on Knock Madness. Enter the world of hip-hop’s sinister. —Eric Diep (@E_Diep)