Hopsin Explains Dissing Kanye West & Kendrick Lamar On "Hop Is Back"

posted Tuesday October 29 ,2013 at 01:30PM CDT | 91 comments

Hopsin Explains Dissing Kanye West & Kendrick Lamar On

Exclusive: The Funk Volume co-founder says that although he's a fan of Kanye West's earlier work, the Chicago rapper-producer has fallen off.

Last week, Hopsin released the video for “Hop Is Back,” the latest single from his forthcoming album, Knock Madness. In the song, the Funk Volume artist took aim at Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West.

In an exclusive interview with HipHopDX, Hopsin explains why he chose to toss bars at two of Hip Hop’s most notable acts.

“I’m a Kanye West fan,” the Panorama City, California emcee says. “I like Kanye West. I like a lot of his old stuff so, you know, it’s not [like I’m not a fan]. But he’s on some bullshit now. He’s on some straight up [bullshit]. I’m not the only one that thinks this but it’s not even about what other people think. I just know what the fuck I think. Yeah, he’s on some bullshit.”

Hopsin cites the religious references in West’s latest release, Yeezus (which includes the track “I Am A God”) as an example. “The Godliness stuff, nah,” he says. “He can do whatever he wants. He’s a human. He’s entitled to do whatever. He can do whatever he wants. So can I, though. So can I. In his mind, he can be like, ‘What the hell? Who’s this cat dissing me, man? He don’t know who I am?’ And I can be like, ‘Oh, who the hell are you to be acting like this?’

“It’s two humans,” he continues. “It doesn’t matter. We’re just two humans doing human shit at the end of the day. He does what he does. I do what I do—simple as that. If he doesn’t like it, he can do something about it. If I don’t like what he does, I can say something about it. That’s just how the world works.

“But I’m a fan of his old stuff,” the Funk Volume co-founder adds. “I don’t hate Kanye. It’s Rap. It’s a game of sharks swimming around.” 

Hopsin Says He Doesn't Want To "Go To War" With Kendrick Lamar

Hopsin also explains that even though he does not intend to “go to war” with Kendrick Lamar, targeting the TDE artist following the rapper’s highly publicized verse on Big Sean’s “Control” is just a part of Hip Hop competition. 

“I’m glad Kendrick did that,” Hopsin says. “I hope it made other rappers [feel] like, ‘Oh shit, we gotta step our game up.’ That’s good. I’m glad that he fucking did that. That’s a great move. I don’t hate Kendrick Lamar. I’ve got nothing against him. I listen to his stuff from time to time. He’s not a guy that I’m trying to go to war with. I’m not saying that I’m fearing it like, ‘Oh, I don’t want to go to war.’ He’s a West Coast artist. He’s doing his shit. I’m not hating on him. But, it’s the Rap game. He knows it and says the same. It’s the Rap game. Rappers are gonna be fucking rappers.

“He raised the bar, but I’m a rapper myself,” Hopsin continues. “There’s not ever gonna be a time where I’m involved in something full-throttle with my life and I can just let someone else come out and go, ‘Boom! I’m the king.’ If I let you say that, and not acknowledge that, then I’m cool with that person being king. Nah.”

Hopsin also emphasizes that there is no ill will between him and Kendrick Lamar. “At the end of the day,” Hopsin says, “he’s cool. There’s no fucking bad vibes that I’m trying to spread between me and him. I haven’t met the guy personally. We had a show together a long time ago but I haven’t actually met him. It’s just like he raised the bar high and I made a joke about his height. I know he’s a little small dude. I’m just letting him know I’m about to raise the shit even higher. He’s cool though. I’m not hating on him. This is Rap.”

“Hop Is Back” is not the first time Hopsin has publicly called out rappers. On 2010’s “Sag My Pants,” the 2012 XXL Freshman dissed Lupe Fiasco, Drake and Rick Ross.

Hopsin’s Knock Madness is scheduled to be released on November 26. The video for “Hop Is Back” can be viewed below.

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  • Tyler
    Radio across the globe*..And Selling, being on the billboard, and winning grammys matter..Don't be a artist,and reject the fundamental cornerstones of your art...Just influence them forever the way you see fit...Make those mainstream elements recognize you, that's how you make a real legacy...Hopsin either needs to do that, or shut the fuck up..I swear if he drops some bs album that doesn't sell or is even in best buy or any store, or if its some wackly produced fruity loops sounding shit, I will drop his ass so fast...Cause he's been coming with that a lot..It's the same and not pushing boundaries..I mean Outkast was independent, underground, but they were truly creative/experimental, and had groundbreaking production and skills that forced the industry to adapt to them and give respect..Be like that..I gotta feeling Hop is gonna disappoint
  • Tyler
    I kinda like hop, when I discovered him in like 2010, he was the only artist around with actual serious youtube views that was any good...He was definitely influenced by em, and I like that..But at the same time, don't say I'm about to raise the bar higher than Kdot..Just do it...Don't rap about being better, just be better...The way Kdot did it was appropriate, because he got commercial, critical, and peer acclaim/respect then spit that shit on control...That's how it works...FV is cool, but dont be independent and use that as your overall image thing..Literally compete with the mainstream, change the mainstream if you don't like it like TDE..Don't just say well i'm not even in the same lane(Mainstream), but my lane is better(Independent) and diss that way, its wack...I love real hip hop and fucks with Pro Era, Logic, TDE, etc...But FV should have already blew up by now, and I truly think there reluctance to embrace the mainstream is why..Why be kinda underground with a bunch of youtube views, but not be actually critically and commercially successful and be on the radio across the control..It's almost hypocritical..Numbers don't lie, and if Hop's new album still sounds like some fruity loops produced shit ima drop him forever...He needs to make an effort actually get real success rather than just sit in your fan base and never transcend that..
  • georgel
    I can explain it for him, he disses two of the hottest in the game to get in the news because his career isnt going anywhere quick. I liked his album raw but his newest song is wack. He keeps dissing everyone in the ill mind of hopsin songs and it hasnt gotten him much yet. eventually no one will ever do a song with him and regardless of what anyone says im sure he wants to do some with big artists if he could. money is more powerful than keeping it real. sorry. bills are real, children are real, woman who like money are real and any of these artist will sell out to get it all and so would u. but hopsin should shut up dissing and take out the dumb contacts and focus on making decent music not corny funny shit
    • Maj
      Are you an idiot? His career isn't going anywhere? He owns the BIGGEST Independent Record Label, he was an XXL Freshman & One of the people he signed. His networth is 2 MILLIONS dollars & the kid isn't even 30 yet. He owns all of his licensing, publishing and clothing line rights. Mainstream Rappers wish they were in the position this guy is in. He can literally say fuck music and become a plumber tomorrow. He literally makes MILLIONS rapping in his basement. Shit, let me get something like that. These others guys are stuck in record deals and can't do shit until that deal is up. They aren't making much & the publicity will fuck them in the end. I wish I could still walk around to certain places like Hop, but have a lot of money in the bank. Sheesh Lol, no hate man. But just know what you're talking about before you say something. He has co-signs out the ass too! & most of his song are good positive filled tracks.
    • Anonymous
      Yeah, Hopsin is far from being broke.
  • Martha Anderson
    before I looked at the bank draft four $7601, I have faith that my friends brother truley erning money part time at there labtop.. there brothers friend started doing this 4 only 17 months and resently cleard the debts on their place and bourt Mitsubishi Evo. read what he said... http://smal.ly/nkY63
  • ??
    Who da fuc is this fishazz nigga?
  • mwdinsa@gmail.com
    Tupac was against having the government raise the kids. He said this. When he was growing up he was basically indoctrinated into Communism. Communism/Marxism is all about having the government raise the kids.The media, and the government schools essentially do "raise the kids." I think that Tupac realized this later. That might be why he was killed. He was killed as a public spectacle like Kennedy. This has happened to other famous people who started opposing the power structure. I think that he realized how brainwashed he, and other people have been. Unfortunately, using the name "Illuminati" for a system that can be shown to exist simply associates valid research with wild conspiracy theories. This marginalizes any information which might make people start thinking. Thinking about the high-level control structure is the last thing that the elite who manipulate, and use the media, and the state want. Any form of state collectivism can benefit the controlling elite.
  • MAC
    "You either corny or an oppurtunist." That young man did not lie. Hopsin and rappers alike if u wanna acknowledge the fact the he raised the bar than how about you in your studio and make something or TRY to make something timteless! I swear you guys are missing the point. This how he popped off like he said in his own song, so, whateva
    fuck all these pussy ass niggas free the champion of real niggas free big guwop
  • Anonymous
    My response would have been fuck them bitches i'm going to destroy there careers.Why go after artists with out the intent of laying them to rest (ending there career or actually putting there ass in the dirt)the rap game is way to friendly.
  • nyttowll242
    Haha, i got scared as shit. Could have sworn i clicked the link for Lauryn Hill new song and this shit came on.... Had a nigga like wtf Lauryn, nooooooooooooooo
    • nyttowll242
      fuck! it was lauryn hill, smh
  • jaceshadoe
    kanye's in the past few years has been on some wack ass shit and bullshit. The content in his music is shitty and makes no sense at all. I wouldn't have thought an artist who putted out the albums his first did ( first 3 prob.) would end up on some self-centered " I am God" delusional insecurity shit. Can't wait to hear Hopsins album soon.
  • Level 32
    This ol soggy sandwich '90s rapping 1 hit wonder ass nigga. If that's how you're bringing hip hop back "Flipping people off from the trapeze" you can leave that off brand form of hip hop where it's at...I'm so tired of hearing these L7 ass nigga's saying they're gonna bring the game back...it never left it just lowered the bar and you're causing it to lower that much more with shit like this...