SwizZz Says Hopsin's "Knock Madness" Is Important For Rap

Exclusive: Funk Volume's SwizZz says Hopsin's "Knock Madness" is "a fresh breath of air to today's Rap game."

SwizZz, Hopsin's longtime friend and label-mate on Funk Volume, recently spoke with HipHopDX about the label's release of Hopsin's Knock Madness album, which is slated to arrive in stores tomorrow (November 26), and Hop's significance in Rap. 

"Hopsin is an extremely important emcee, especially for this generation of Hip Hop," SwizZz said in an exclusive interview with HipHopDX. "Hop fills a huge void that the game's lacking in today's Rap climate. He's raw, creative, humorous, lyrical, conscious and wildly entertaining.

"On top of that, he doesn't just rap," SwizZz continued. "He produces his own music, mixes his own music and directs his own videos. There isn't another rapper out there like him. He successfully incorporates the elements of early-mid 2000s Hip Hop into today's Rap culture, and reaches, but isn't limited to, a big demographic of music fans that were reeling from the direction Hip Hop was headed." 

Hopsin's Knock Madness, an album that has been discussed and anticipated by supporters for more than two years, is set to be released tomorrow. However, fans have been able to hear the project, as it was made available to stream by Hopsin today (November 25).

SwizZz, who appears on Knock Madness' "Jungle Bash," says this is a vital Funk Volume release. 

"Knock Madness is an important album for a lot of reasons," SwizZz said exclusively to HipHopDX. "From a business perspective, it's our biggest and most anticipated release yet. Shit, it's the first Funk Volume project that will have physical copies hit the shelves in stores. To Hop, it's important, I'm assuming, because it's his moment of truth. It's been three years since Raw dropped, and everyone has been waiting and anticipating the release of Knock Madness. There are a lot of expectations surrounding this project and his buzz is bigger than ever.
"Knock Madness really has the potential to take Hop's career to a new height," SwizZz added. "From a Hip Hop perspective, Knock Madness is important because it truly provides a fresh breath of air to today's Rap game. Hopsin's creativity and artistry can't be denied. He's the consummate artist, for real. Critics might not like his image, or preferred style, but no one can refute that he can rap his ass off."
SwizZz is readying his own Funk Volume album. Recently, SwizZz announced that he is going to release a project in 2014.

“Once you get your head and your mind right and your personal life situated, that’s what’s next,” SwizZz said. “It’s like, how are you going to make music or try to present an image or something like that when you don’t even know who you are as a person? That’s the main battle that I was dealing with—just getting my mind right.

RELATED: SwizZz Guarantees Funk Volume Debut Album In 2014


  • J dirty

    Hop's album is dope..miles better than that Kanye west garbage ass pop Rap,Or that bullshit Odd Future music.

  • Real Talk

    Hopsin's new album is nothing special. There is albums released almost every week as good as Knock Madness and no i do not like or even listen to lil wayne. Pretty funny seeing a rapper with such little credit and respect in the industry talking up an album by his longtime friend and labelmate. The rap industry needs authenticity and until their is authenticity in the game the fans will always be left dissapointed. Itunes sales are irrelevant, Drake sells a ton of records and not to disrespect him but he is not a top 100 rapper in any way, shape or form, Hopsin is like the rest of the rap industry lacking authenticity, Another album that is going to come and go with little remembrance by anybody other than his diehard fans, Everybody has got a following its whether the people who are not into him respect and remember the album.

    • Madness

      I don't agree with most of your comment BUT I 100% agree with "Pretty funny seeing a rapper with such little credit and respect in the industry talking up an album by his longtime friend and labelmate." Nobody cares what SwizZz has to say about anything. Dude's a complete goon.

  • Hop should give up

    He mixes his own music and directs his own videos because he is broke, he shouldn't be proud of doing a half arsed job on either of these things. His mixing on Knock Madness is terrible, it makes the album almost unlistenable to. Some of the verses ARE dope, but they are ruined by terrible hooks and filler junk bars.

  • 101

    "On top of that, he doesn't just rap," SwizZz continued. "He produces his own music, mixes his own music and directs his own videos. There isn't another rapper out there like him." - swizZz Tyler, the creator. PERIOD!!!

  • TMZ

    Kendrick Lamar Disses Trinidad James ! http://tinyurl.com/polkdhx

  • Jackpot

    Hopsin's album is not important for hip hop. Neither is this fuck boy. Chingy is hip hop's savior and will make everything better next year when he returns. #FullDekk

  • pauliedee

    listened, it was mediocre at best

  • Anonymous

    I know you see a lot of bullshit on here but here's new real hiphop soundcloud.com/nsikan9

  • Mercedes Rush

    til I saw the check which had said $4930, I did not believe ...that...my neighbours mother actualey earning money part time on their apple laptop.. there neighbour has done this 4 only about 12 months and recently repayed the morgage on their villa and purchased a gorgeous Ford. check... www.Fb39.com I spoke to my friends about it that Kim is starting to look like Beyonce in that video and they didnt even notice it. Luckily im awake and seeing that Ye is trying to be Jay

  • Anonymous

    His album was released yesterday haha. Hopsin's Facebook wall says "Since motherfucka's was leakin my shit, hear ya go! Knock Madness.."

  • Anonymous

    Hopsin > Lil Wayne

  • Elizabeth Talbott

    til I saw the paycheck four $8056, I be certain that my brother was like really making money in there spare time at their computer.. there dads buddy had bean doing this 4 only about 10 months and just now cleared the dept on their condo and purchased a great new GMC. over at this website... www.Fb39.com Now, thanks to the laziness & shiftlessness of the black man, rap music is being used as a severe copout to escape their life in the ghetto instead of working hard, going to college, and earning a degree.

  • SM

    Knock Madness should be good... Hopsin is a beast. But SwizZz is absolute trash, and idk who cares about his views on hip hop.

  • Cealix

    HA....HAHA......HAHAHA.....this guy is still around? It's gonna flop HARD, all because he's constantly crying and bitching about the state of hip hop.

  • Ja Rule Army

    who the fuck is this?

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