Welcome to Musical Appreciation. I can already tell that this will be a controversial post. Among some of my fellow music lovers and reviewers on Twitter, there are some artists who have been the target of scrutiny and one of them is L.A. rapper/producer Hopsin. This is a guy who has been described as a black Eminem, speaking his mind without any fucks to give and I see why some people wouldn’t like him. He can be corny and does carry a holier-than-thou attitude on some of his songs and that turns people off. I get it. But the guy is talented and some of the things he say on-record does hold weight like today’s Musical Appreciation. The fifth installment of the Ill Mind series, this is Ill Mind Of Hopsin 5.
The Ill Mind series is a bunch of tracks where Hopsin vents on certain topics and issues on his mind. The first Ill Mind is an introduction to who Hopsin is, the third Ill Mind is where he vents out his frustrations against Ruthless Records (the label he used to be signed to), and Ill Mind 4 is where he notably disses Tyler The Creator. Here, we have the fifth installment, where Hopsin turns the light on to the youth of this current generation and expresses his frustration with them, especially those who are part of the audience of modern hip-hop.
The first verse is aimed at the worst of millennials, the ones who follow the latest trends, worship false idols, and are afraid of becoming their own individual because of society’s idiotic standards. Hopsin addresses those who have no aspiration for their future and live their life through rap music, not knowing that a lot of it is just entertainment. These people haven’t been given a reason to be inspired and that’s thanks to a society that mentally programs them into being sheep, finding instant gratification in drugs, alcohol, and sex and not contribute anything worth of value to society.
The second verse is aimed more towards the women of this generation and… it’s the most controversial part of the song. Mainly because there are lines that stink of somebody suffering from Nice Guy Syndrome AND the unfortunate slut-shaming from Hopsin which goes too far. Still, he makes good points about women who make unwise decisions in terms of men who would eventually hurt them. You’re not gonna find your shining knight in armor in a club, a place where people go to get drunk, dance to shitty music, and find someone to empty their love juices in/on.
The third verse address the so-called “real niggas,” the dudes who think being a hardcore gangster is cool. These are some of the people who give black people a bad name, involving themselves in gang activity, selling drugs, shooting people, etc., not caring who they hurt because they think they’re hot shit. Hopsin begins this verse wanting to know what a real nigga is because the phrase doesn’t have a concrete definition and has been loosely used for people doing so-called real shit. The reality is, these so-called real niggas are only wasting their time on a lifestyle that has two outcomes, a prison cell or a coffin six feet under.
The entire song is Hopsin sitting millennials down and telling them about their terrible decision-making skills and how they should take accountability for their actions instead of blaming everyone and everything but themselves. This message is still relevant today as things haven’t gotten better since this song was released. If you haven’t heard this song, then check it out right here and share it with your friends and family members. It’s never too late for change.
So that was Musical Appreciation. Next time, we’ll talk about Illmatic.
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