Los Angeles rapper Hopsin is sticking to comments he made in regards to Kanye West on his Knock Madness track, “Hop Is Back.” On the song, Hop initially expresses excitement at the thought of buying Ye’s sixth studio album, but becomes frustrated after hearing the project.
“I was ecstatic to buy Yeezus / But I burned it first / Heard it and snapped in five pieces / Man, Kanye on that bullshit,” Hopsin raps.
Nearly two months after “Hop Is Back” was released, the West Coast wordsmith still feels Yeezus was a “wack” release. Hopsin elaborated further on his thoughts about Yeezus during an interview on MTV’s “RapFix Live” this week.
“That album was wack. It was—and I tell everybody this, being creative is like a clock,” said Hopsin. “So, a clock only has 12 notches. He went all the way around like he was at the one then went all the way to 12. And then you go so far to where you just end up back at one again. That’s what he did. And one is bad. But in his mind I can tell he’s like, ‘I’m getting so creative. I’mma spin laps around this clock.’ But it’s like ‘Yo, you’re really going back to zero every time.’ The album sounded like he tried to get so creative where he maxed out and went to back zero. To where it just sounded like something a local producer would have made in my neighborhood. Or from my high school or something.”
Despite Hopsin’s critique of Yeezus, the rapper still expressed his confidence in Kanye as an artist and went on to clarify the fact that he feels Yeezus was wack and not Kanye.
“He’s a producer, so you can’t underestimate someone like him because he’s made a lot of great music in the past and he knows the formula to everything great that he’s ever been a part of,” said Hopsin. “So, it’s not like someone else did it for him. He’s a producer, so he knows many formulas. And if it came down to it I’m sure he can bring out the old school and old school sound. He can bring out shit that sounded like it was from six years ago. He knows so many things. He can’t be wack. He’s not a wack artist. Just that project in particular was wack.”
Following the release of Yeezus in June of this year, the LP was met with favorable reviews. Kanye’s album received a 4.5 rating on HipHopDX and secured the #2 spot on Rolling Stone’s "50 Best Albums of 2013" list.
Additionally, Kanye received Grammy nominations for both Best Rap Song and Best Rap Album. The Chicago rapper recently criticized his lack of Grammy nominations during a show in Phoenix, Arizona this week as he proclaimed, “Fuck those nominations.”