Hopsin and the Fate of Funk Volume

Funk Volume

By now, most people know that Hopsin has split from the label he co-founded, Funk Volume. But what was behind him deciding to split from what seemed like a very solid team of individuals? He stated in his Instagram post from January 6, 2016 that “Funk Volume is officially dead now thanks to the monster Damien Ritter.”

So how did we get to this point? Funk Volume was founded in 2009 by Hopsin and Damien “Dame” Ritter following a very bitter split between Hopsin and former label Ruthless Records, taking aim at Tomica Wright, CEO of Ruthless Records  and widow of late rapper Eazy-E. This was very evident on Funk Volume’s first album release “RAW” .

Former Funk Volume marketing manager Josh Rickards confirmed to The Smoking Section over at  uproxx.com that it “didn’t take long for problems to begin between Hopsin and Dame. Dame needed the artists to consistently make music, but Hopsin seemed to move to the beat of his own drum. By late 2011, Dame looked elsewhere for new music and began expanding Funk Volume by signing two new up-and-comers, Dizzy Wright and Jarren Benton.”

Hopsin didn’t seem to mind having the new artists on the label, as it gave Damien Ritter time to focus on them and take the spotlight off Hopsin.

January 6th, the Internet exploded with the news of Hopsin‘s departure from Funk Volume.

It is still unknown what is going to become of the label, with numerous rumors on the Internet regarding Dizzy Wright and Jarren Benton’s future, as well as if the label will completely dissolve or move forward without Hopsin. 

Hopsin still remains on good terms with former label-mates Dizzy Wright, Jarren Benton, DJ Hoppa and SwizZz. I’m very interested to see where this story goes as far as Hopsin’s new music. We all remember how he felt about Tomica Wright. Will Dame get the same treatment? I guess we’ll find out soon enough.