Hopsin’s Pound Syndrome Review
Over at Cultured Vultures, a website for amateur freelance writers, hip-hop enthusiast Shaun SYpher is reviewing his top 25 hip-hop albums of 2015. Every Tuesday for five Tuesdays he is revealing five albums from is his list. Listed as #23 in Cultured Vultures’ Top 25 Hip-Hop Albums of 2015: #25-#21 is Hopsin’s latest self-produced album Pound Syndrome. The writer gave a mediocre review of this album because it isn’t something he will listen to a second time. He relayed a respect and fondness of Hopsin’s talent and finesse. This is obviously someone who likes Hopsin’s music just not too thrilled with this latest Funk Volume release.
After pranking his fans with a fake retirement, Hopsin returned this past summer with his third album since going independent with Funk Volume. It was bound to satisfy his core fans, as they waited two years to hear a new album from him. Sticking to his usual formula, the album is produced entirely by himself, and the guest features are kept to a minimum (this time with the only guests being within the Funk Volume roster). The good thing about this strategy is that you pretty much get what you’d expect from Hopsin, but the bad is that there isn’t much that’s different that makes you feel any special way about this album. Hopsin is still killing it with sharp rhymes, clever punchlines, and versatile vocals, but the music itself isn’t as grabbing as previous albums.
Don’t get me wrong, the album is amazing the first time you listen to it. The problem here is Hopsin almost gets too focused on the subject matter, so that these songs are about such specific situations that you don’t feel the need to listen to them again unless you can really relate. For example, songs like ‘Ramona’, ‘Fort Collins’ and ‘FV Till I Die’ all have specific stories to them, and once you know the story there’s not much else to make you want to revisit. Other more general songs can possibly bring listeners back if they want to hear about Hopsin’s views on religion, education and relationships, and there are of course the more braggadocios songs Hop is known for, where he’s rapping about rapping. Whether or not you relate to the songs enough to repeat them, Hopsin still stays true to himself and brings his usual emotion, style and sense of humour.
What do you think? Did the storytelling on this album make it stale? Do you think that this writer was too critical of Hopsin? What’s your Pound Syndrome review? Let us know in the comments below!
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