In a video titled “The REAL reason Hopsin left the music industry,” Los Angeles, California lyricist Hopsin revealed that his announcement to move to Australia and quit rap was all part of an elaborate prank.

At the start of the video, which was uploaded to YouTube yesterday (December 25), Hopsin states, “My name is Marcus Hopson and I’m a former Hip Hop artist. I’m about to explain the real truth behind me leaving the music industry. What you’re about to hear is probably gonna blow your mind, so brace yourself.”

Following Hopsin’s introduction, both the rapper and fellow artist Jarren Benton appear in a scene inspired by the film Dumb And Dumber To. Hop then reveals that he’s not quitting rap and later informs fans to “Get ready for that Pound Syndrome,” which is scheduled to be released next year.

In an Instagram post uploaded to his account last week, Hopsin left the following message about his alleged retirement from rap:

“I just wanted to take time out to say I appreciate all of u who have supported my music over these past few years. A Lot of u have told me stories about how I have changed your life. You too have changed mine in ways that u can never imagine. Unfortunately, tonight is the night that I am actually moving away to Australia. Over the past couple years I have come to conclusion that this profession just isn’t for me, so im going to venture out into new areas of life. I will always be an MC at heart, but this rap stuff just isn’t for me. I hope Youguys can respect it. I’ve signed over my half of the funk volume label to my business partner Dame. I also wished Swizzz, Dizzy Wright and Jarren Benton good luck in their careers. Thank u all! I’m out.”

In addition to last week’s Instagram post, Hopsin previously spoke on his desire to move to Australia.

“After the world tour I want to take a break for a year and just live—and I’mma move to Australia and just find myself,” Hopsin said during an interview with SKEE TV last year. “And just live a—cater to my personal life more than the career side of everything. Cause it’s kinda stressful right now… The people there are so cool. I like the vibe. I like new places and I like the fact that I’m gonna be there and I’m just gonna not really know anybody.”

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