Hopsin is an American rapper, record producer, and music video director whose real name is Marcus Jamal Hopson. He is best-known for his work in the hip hop genre of music. Through his work in the music industry, Hopsin has become a very successful man. In fact, it is estimated that he has accrued a personal net worth of $3 million as a result of his various roles in the entertainment industry. So, how exactly did Hopsin get so rich?
He was born in Los Angeles on July 18, 1985, and was raised in the Panorama City neighborhood. He struggled at school and was in the classes for those with special educational needs. One of the main activities he enjoyed was skateboarding, and fans can see his passion for this hobby in many of his music videos. According to Spinditty, he was an actor in his teens. He appeared in single episodes of ‘Malcolm in the Middle’ and ‘That’s So Raven. He also played a pizza parlor guy in the 2001 film ‘Max Keeble’s Big Move’. This artist first showed an interest in rapping at the age of 16, although he did not begin recording rap music until 2002. This was the year that he began working on the tracks for his debut project ‘Emurge’ which was released locally the following year. It was never officially released, so copies of this album are extremely rare and hard to find.
Debut Album and a Record Label
By 2004, Hopsin had begun working on his official debut album, although he did not sign with Ruthless Records until 2007. This meant that ‘Pans in the Kitchen’, the lead single from his debut album, was not released until May 2008. The album ‘Gazing at the Moonlight’ was not released until October 2009, and there was very little promotion. Hopsin had predominantly self-produced the album, so he sought his release from his record company as he felt there was a lack of support for his work. This led to Hopsin founding his own record label called Funk Volume. His first project for his own record label was to collaborate with SwizZz on a mixtape called ‘Haywire’ that was released in 2009 and aimed to promote Funk Volume. They were unable to sell it for retail because Hopsin was still under contract with Ruthless Records. However, the mixed tape was successful as a download.
In 2010, Hopsin began working on his second album ‘Raw’, and he released the first single from this album ‘Nocturnal Rainbows’ in August of that year. A few months later, he uploaded the music video for the second single ‘Sag My Pants’ to YouTube and it became an instant success and has now achieved over 37 million views since its release. He finally released the album in October 2010. In a bid to promote this album, Hopsin also undertook a nationwide tour titled ‘I Am Raw’. Hopsin had also been working on a video series called ‘Ill Mind of Hopsin’, and he released the fourth installment of this in July 2011. The following year, he appeared on MTV2 and was one the front cover of XXL. He also released the fifth installment of his video series on YouTube. These projects all helped to propel Hopsin into mainstream music and helped him to gain international fame.
In 2012, Hopsin went on tour with other Funk Volume artists. The tour covered 60 days and traveled around the United States, Australia, and Europe. The following year, Hopsin released his third album ‘Knock Madness’. It features a number of guest artists, including SwizZz, Tech N9ne, Dizzy Wright, and Jarren Benton. The album was reasonably successful in the US Rap Charts. The rapper was supposed to perform in Colorado in October 2014, but he was suffering from depression and walked out of the venue before the show began. He returned to Colorado in July 2015 to make amends for his actions and performed for free. He later used his social media accounts to say that he was retiring from the music industry. This was later revealed as a joke and Hopsin made the announcement that he was planning to release his new album ‘Pound Syndrome’. He released the first symbol from the album ‘Crown Me’ in June 2015.
Funk Volume is Dissolved
In 2016, Hopsin dissolved Funk Volume due to ongoing financial disputes and business issues, He then founded a new record label called Undercover Prodigy’ following the dissolution of his former record label, says All Music. So far, he has released five singles under his new label; ‘Ill Mind of Hopsin 8’, ‘All Your Fault’, ‘The Purge’, ‘Happy Ending’, and ‘Witch Doctor’. He has released his fifth studio album ‘No Shame’ in November 2017.
By 2019, it was estimated that Hopsin had a personal net worth of $3 million, say sources. He has made most of this money from his work in the music industry. This includes sales of his singles and albums, profits from tickets sales to his performances, and money he has made from producing the work of other artists. However, music is not the only way that Hopsin has made his fortune.
Hopsin has also worked occasionally as an actor. On television, he appeared as Fatty B in ‘Murder in the First’ in 2015. He played the supporting role of a senior rapper in the 2009 film ‘Fame’. His starring roles are Face in the 2010 film ‘Bomb the World’ and himself in ‘Independent Living: The Funk Volume Documentary’, which is a documentary film that was released in 2013. Furthermore, he also played himself in the 2011 video game ‘Battle Rap Stars’.
The rapper, who continues to work in the music industry, doesn’t waste his money on harmful substances, such as cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs. He claims to live a very straight lifestyle and says that he has never smoked, drunk alcohol, or taken drugs. In his personal life, he is unmarried and has no children.
Written by Liz Flynn
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