Marcus Jamal Hopson, better known as Hopsin, is an American rapper and producer. He has also acted in a few movies and TV serials. During his early years, he appeared in a few minor acting roles and made his own music album, ‘Emurge,’ which was released online. He subsequently signed a contract with ‘Ruthless Records’ and released his debut album, ‘Gazing at the Moonlight.’ However, he decided to opt out of his contract due to differences with the record company. He then established the label ‘Funk Volume’ with Damien Ritter and released the mixtape ‘Haywire’ with SwizZz. His other studio albums include ‘Raw,’ ‘Knock Madness,’ and ‘Pound Syndrome.’ After ‘Funk Volume’ closed down, he formed his independent label, ‘Undercover Prodigy,’ through which he released ‘Ill Mind of Hopsin 8’ and his studio album ‘No Shame.’ He wears white contact lenses that distinguish him from other contemporary African–American rappers. He was in a relationship with an Australian makeup artist named Alyce Madden, with whom he later had a son. However, the relationship turned sour later, and she put a restraining order on him. The split affected Hopsin’s personal life adversely and led to bouts of depression, from which he later managed to recover with the help of his friends. He is a popular youth icon with a promising future.
Childhood & Early Life
He was born Marcus Jamal Hopson, on July 18, 1985, in Los Angeles, US, and was raised in the Hispanic environment of Panorama City.
He studied at ‘James Monroe High School,’ where he attended special education classes. He started skateboarding at a young age and picked up rapping at the age of 16. In 2003, he made his own album, ‘Emurge.’ The album was not released officially but was available online.
When he was in high school, he was arrested with a few of his friends for vandalizing school property. He dropped out of school and served a one-year sentence in ‘Los Angeles County Jail.’
In 2005, he purchased a microphone and installed ‘FL Studio’ on his computer to record his own music. He was influenced by Eminem and soon got addicted to hip-hop.
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He signed with ‘Ruthless Records’ in 2007 and released his first official single, ‘Pans in the Kitchen’ in May 2008. This was followed by his debut album, ‘Gazing at the Moonlight,’ in October 2009. However, he did not get the desired support from the record company and decided to opt out of his contract with ‘Ruthless Records.’
He established his own label, ‘Funk Volume,’ with his friend Damien Ritter and featured Ritter’s younger brother, SwizZz, with whom he collaborated to release a mixtape titled ‘Haywire.’ The album was released online due to contractual issues with ‘Ruthless Records.’ It was later certified “gold” for being downloaded over a 100 thousand times.
He released his second album, ‘Raw,’ in November 2010 and went on a nationwide tour to promote the album. The singles ‘Nocturnal Rainbows’ and ‘Sag My Pants’ from the album became hugely popular. The video for ‘Sag My Pants’ on ‘YouTube’ earned over 37 million “views.” The following year, he was featured in a mobile rap battle game that was widely circulated.
In February 2012, he appeared on the cover of ‘XXL’ magazine as one of their ‘Top 10 Freshmen.’ He also appeared on ‘MTV2’s ‘Sucker Free Sunday.’ His ‘Ill Mind of Hopsin’ video series was a huge hit on ‘YouTube.’
His next album, ‘Knock Madness,’ released in November 2013, with a positive message for the youth. He toured the US, Europe, and Australia, along with the crew of his label, ‘Funk Volume,’ to promote his album and the message it carried. The album reached number 76 on the ‘Billboard 200’ list and sold over 12 thousand copies in the first week.
In between rumors that he was about to quit rapping and move to Australia, his fourth album, ‘Pound Syndrome,’ was released in July 2015. This was the last album to be released by ‘Funk Volume,’ before the company closed down in 2016 due to his differences with Damien Ritter. The album reached number 17 on the ‘Billboard 200’ list.
He then formed his independent label, ‘Undercover Prodigy,’ through which he released ‘Ill Mind of Hopsin 8,’ followed by his fifth studio album, ‘No Shame,’ and the hit number ‘All Your Fault.’
Hopsin has five studio albums to his credit, namely, ‘Gazing at the Moonlight’ (2009), ‘Raw’ (2010), ‘Knock Madness’ (2013), ‘Pound Syndrome’ (2015), and ‘No Shame’ (2017).
He released his mixtape ‘Haywire’ with SwizZz in 2009.
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He has appeared in the TV serials ‘That’s So Raven’ and ‘Murder in the First.’
He has also appeared in the movies ‘Fame,’ ‘Max Keeble’s Big Move,’ and ‘Bomb the World.’
He was in a relationship with an Australian makeup artist named Alyce Madden, with whom he had a son. However, the relationship turned sour later. Following this, she put a restraining order on him to prevent him from meeting their son.
Hopsin suffered from bouts of depression and once walked out of a show to be on his own. He has often displayed suicidal tendencies and taken the help of his close friends to get himself out of depression.
He likes to take breaks from his busy schedule to just be with himself at times. He is most inspired to create music during these breaks.
He was arrested in Orlando after an altercation during a show where he was trying to intervene and bring peace. He claims that his detention was motivated by racism.
Hopsin’s trademark white contact lenses contribute to his distinctive look. He is against the promotion of drugs and claims that he does not even drink.
He has been in a long-term feud with rapper Soulja Boy that dates back to 2011. The rappers have “dissed” each other as rivals ever since.
He has played minor roles in TV serials since the age of 15 and has also appeared as a rapper in the film ‘Fame’ in 2015. His notable works as an actor include the TV sitcom ‘That’s So Raven’ and the drama series ‘Murder in the First.’