The Los Angeles born presenter rhymes more than just with the microphone. He is also a record producer, director, and actor. Hopsin has released several mainstream and independent projects since 2003.
Once he signed contracts with Ruthless Records and Warner Bros. records. The “Gazing at the Moonlight and Pound Syndrome” rapper signature look uses white contact lenses in his music videos, stage performances, and even interviews. He says he does this to somehow distinguish himself from the stereotype of the “African American rapper”.
Hopsin Bio – Early Life and Career Begining
Hopsin was born and raised in Panorama City, a predominantly Hispanic area of Los Angeles. He was born on July 18, 1985, as Marcus Jamal Hopson. An avid skateboarder, he was placed in Special Ed classes during his time at James Monroe High School.
In 2001, at the age of 16, Marcus began to try his hand at rapping thanks to the inspiration of Eminem. He finally decided to really make something of it and in 2003 he released his first local project, Emerge. In 2004, Hopsin was arrested for vandalizing his high school property; he had dropped out of school earlier that year. The vandalism, which was supposed to be a school prank, got him sent to Los Angeles County Jail for a year. His friends, who had been arrested with him, were put on bail of $20,000.
When he came out in 2005, he decided to take his music and his craft seriously. He bought a microphone and music production software and started to grind out his own music.
Hopsin began working on his debut album Gazing at the Moonlight in 2004, which was released in 2009 on Ruthless Records, a label he signed to in 2007. Due to a below-average financial compensation, lack of support, and collaboration between the artists and lack of promotion by the label, Hopsin tried to leave the label.
During this time he founded his independent label Funk Volume with his friend Damien Ritter. Later he brought Ritter’s brother, SwiZz, as the first artist on the label. They worked together on a project to promote the label called HayWire. They couldn’t sell it, however, as Hopsin was still under contract with Ruthless Records at that time. They had to release it for free on DatPiff. Meanwhile, the mixtape was certified Gold for more than 100.000 downloads on the platform. Later they earned a few dollars when it was offered for sale on Amazon.com and iTunes.
Hopsin released some singles before the release of his second album. Most notable was the single Sag My Pants, with which he dealt blows to the owner of Ruthless Records, Tomica Wright, and rappers like Drake, Soulja Boy, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, and Lupe Fiasco Jabs (Lupe Fiasco). The song and the accompanying video were published on YouTube and found millions of visitors. The album was released on November 19, 2010. From March 2011 he toured with the album for two months.
The same year after his tour, Hopsin continued the tirade and this time he focused on “Tyler the Creator” by Odd Future. He also became a character in Jump Shot Media’s Battle Rap game “Battle Rap Stars”.
In 2012, Hopsin made it onto XXL’s “Top 10 Freshmen List” together with other celebrities like French Montana, Iggy Azalea, and Macklemore. He was also featured on the music video for “Am I A Psycho?” by Tech N9ne. He also appeared with Mystikal, Mac Miller and Schoolboy Q on a BET Cypher at the 2012 Hip Hop Awards.
Struggle with Religion and Further Career Exploits
In July 2012, Hopsin released the video for Ill Mind of Hopsin 5, initially worried that his fans might not relate to it because of the content of the song. He had started to build a relationship with God after the previous part of the series and this song showed this. However, the song became the most viewed video of Hopsin on YouTube with over 89 million hits to date.
On November 26, 2013, the rapper released his third album Knock Madness. It debuted at number 76 on the Billboard 200, on which he worked with Emcees such as Tech N9ne, SwiZz, and Dizzy Wright. In autumn 2012 he went on an international tour with his funk volume family for the album. In 2013, the Funk Volume family also released a video for their song Funk Volume 2013, which they performed at the Paid Dues Festival in San Bernardino that same year.
Hopsin’s next album, Pound Syndrome, was released on 24 July 2015. Recordings at the beginning of the month helped the album to 17th place on the Billboard 200 in the first week with 17,000 copies sold, and one month before the release, his singles Sag My Pants and Ill Mind of Hopsin 5 received RIAA Gold certification.
Hopsin left Funk Volume in March 2016, after several business and financial disagreements with co-founder Damien Ritter. He founded another independent label, Undercover Prodigy. In October 2017 he signed a distribution contract with 300 Entertainment and released his fifth album No Shame a month later.
The rapper’s acting career includes appearances as an extra in Disney Channel movies and television shows. These include Gilmore Girls, Even Stevens, John Tucker Must Die, and others. He also appeared as a rapper in the 2009 film Fame and in the second season of Murder in The First, a TV drama series in 2015.
Hopsin’s Girlfriend, Baby Mama, and Son
Hopsin seems to have had no litany of relationships before the very public relationship he had with Alyce Madden. The Australian is a make-up artist from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Hopsin was obviously very committed to her in the past. He even announced once in 2014 that he would pause the music and move to Australia to spend some time with her.
Eventually, they had a son. But when their relationship deteriorated, Alyce struggled to keep him away from her son. She even took out a restraining order against him, prohibiting him from ever entering Australia. Hopsin repeatedly poured out his pain and frustration in his social media and music, as he did in Ill Mind of Hopsin 9.
Height and Body Statistics
Hopsin has a physique suitable for a career in sports. The rapper is not by far the greatest, but he stands at a respectable height above the ground. The presenter stands at an adult height of 5 feet 10 inches, which corresponds to 1.78 meters. He is reportedly able to support a bodyweight of just under 80 kg. Hopsin has black hair and dark brown eyes behind his characteristic white contacts.
Net Worth – How Rich is Hopsin?
Throughout his career, Hopsin has appeared in commercials for Underground All-Star and the NBA. Keep in mind that these commercials have to do with the income from his album sales, and on tours, you will get his net worth. His net worth is reportedly about $2 million.