Marcus Hopson (born July 18, 1985), better known by his stage name Hopsin, is an American rapper, music video director, hip hop producer, singer and actor from Los Angeles, California. Hopsin has gained high popularity on YouTube, where many of his songs accompanied with music videos are uploaded, most remarkably “Sag My Pants”, uploaded in October 2010, and “Ill Mind of Hopsin 4″, uploaded in July 2011, with the former having over thirteen million views and the latter having just over twelve million (both as of June 2012). On July 18, 2012, his 27th birthday, he released “Ill Mind of Hopsin 5″, which received over 5,000,000 views within 6 days. In 2007, he was signed to deceased rapper Eazy-E’s record label Ruthless Records, and has since founded his own record label Funk Volume in 2009. Hopsin has released two studio albums along with a mixtape; the debut album Gazing At The Moonlight through Ruthless Records, and Raw and Haywire (featuring SwizZz) through Funk Volume.
Marcus Hopson was born on July 18, 1985 in Panorama City, Los Angeles, California, and attended James Monroe High School. He dropped out of high school during his senior year (2004) to pursue a career in music.
Struggle with Ruthless Records
Hopsin had initially signed with Ruthless Records, owned by Eazy-E’s widow, Tomica Wright, after lack of support and financial compensation. Hopsin expressed anger, saying Wright didn’t know what she was doing, did not take advice and had terrible marketing schemes. Hopsin talked about his first album Gazing at the Moonlight stating it was released without his consent and that he was not even able to listen to the mastered version of his album before release. His debut album Gazing at the Moonlight was released October 26, 2009. Hopsin finally left the label as Tomica said he didn’t do his job as an artist.
Hopsin later founded the independent label Funk Volume with Dame Ritter. SwizZz, who is Ritter’s brother, was the first artist to be signed to Funk Volume.
Success with Funk Volume
His second album Raw was released as a digital download on iTunes and as physical CD on his label’s website on November 19, 2010. On October 8, 2010, Hopsin released a music video for “Sag My Pants” on YouTube mocking Lil Wayne, Drake, Soulja Boy, Lupe Fiasco and Rick Ross.
The fourth installment of his “Ill Mind of Hopsin” video series received over 13,000,000 views on YouTube. On October 31, 2011, Hopsin was featured in a mobile battle rap game, Battle Rap Stars by Jump Shot Media. On January 22, 2012, Hopsin landed a spot on MTV2′s “Sucker Free Sunday” by being featured in Tech N9ne’s music video for “Am I A Psycho?”. Hip Hop superstar B.o.B was also featured in the video. Knock Madness, Hopsin’s upcoming album due for a mid 2012 release, is backed by his lead single “Hop Madness”, due for release within the first two weeks of March 2012. The official music video for “Hop Madness” was released March 15, 2012.
In 2012 Hopsin was on the cover of XXL as part of their annual “Top 10 Freshmen list” along with fellow rappers French Montana, Machine Gun Kelly, Danny Brown, Roscoe Dash, and Kid Ink.
Hopsin announced that he will be doing several tours around the USA and the UK later on in 2012 following the release of his new album “Knock Madness”
Later in the year Hopsin released his 5th instalment of “Ill Mind of Hopsin” which hit Youtube with huge success with over 5,000,000 views in the first week.
After making a guest appearance in the film Fame starring Kelsey Grammer, Hopsin’s had a starring role in the independent musical film entitled Bomb The World in which he plays a rapper named Face. These were his first major acting appearances since he played a minor role in an episode of That’s So Raven in 2002. He also made a few appearances as an extra in the 2001 Disney film Max Keeble’s Big Move.
2009: Gazing at the Moonlight
2012: Knock Madness
2009: Haywire (with SwizZz)
Max Keeble’s Big Move, 2001 as Pizza Parlor Guy
Fame, 2009 as Senior Rapper, Supporting Role
Bomb The World, 2010, Face, Starring Role
That’s So Raven, 2002, as Guy #2
1 Episode To See or Not to See
2011: Battle Rap Stars for iPhone and Android