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Exclusive: The Funk Volume co-founder says that although he's a fan of Kanye West's earlier work, the Chicago rapper-producer has fallen off.

Last week, Hopsin released the video for Hop Is Back, the latest single from his forthcoming album, Knock Madness. In the song, the Funk Volume artist took aim at Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West.

In an exclusive interview with HipHopDX, Hopsin explains why he chose to toss bars at two of Hip Hops most notable acts.

Im a Kanye West fan, the Panorama City, California emcee says. I like Kanye West. I like a lot of his old stuff so, you know, its not [like Im not a fan]. But hes on some bullshit now. Hes on some straight up [bullshit]. Im not the only one that thinks this but its not even about what other people think. I just know what the fuck I think. Yeah, hes on some bullshit.

Hopsin cites the religious references in Wests latest release, Yeezus (which includes the track I Am A God) as an example. The Godliness stuff, nah, he says. He can do whatever he wants. Hes a human. Hes entitled to do whatever. He can do whatever he wants. So can I, though. So can I. In his mind, he can be like, What the hell? Whos this cat dissing me, man? He dont know who I am? And I can be like, Oh, who the hell are you to be acting like this?

Its two humans, he continues. It doesnt matter. Were just two humans doing human shit at the end of the day. He does what he does. I do what I dosimple as that. If he doesnt like it, he can do something about it. If I dont like what he does, I can say something about it. Thats just how the world works.

But Im a fan of his old stuff, the Funk Volume co-founder adds. I dont hate Kanye. Its Rap. Its a game of sharks swimming around.

Hopsin Says He Doesn't Want To "Go To War" With Kendrick Lamar
Hopsin also explains that even though he does not intend to go to war with Kendrick Lamar, targeting the TDE artist following the rappers highly publicized verse on Big Seans Control is just a part of Hip Hop competition.

Im glad Kendrick did that, Hopsin says. I hope it made other rappers [feel] like, Oh shit, we gotta step our game up. Thats good. Im glad that he fucking did that. Thats a great move. I dont hate Kendrick Lamar. Ive got nothing against him. I listen to his stuff from time to time. Hes not a guy that Im trying to go to war with. Im not saying that Im fearing it like, Oh, I dont want to go to war. Hes a West Coast artist. Hes doing his shit. Im not hating on him. But, its the Rap game. He knows it and says the same. Its the Rap game. Rappers are gonna be fucking rappers.

He raised the bar, but Im a rapper myself, Hopsin continues. Theres not ever gonna be a time where Im involved in something full-throttle with my life and I can just let someone else come out and go, Boom! Im the king. If I let you say that, and not acknowledge that, then Im cool with that person being king. Nah.

Hopsin also emphasizes that there is no ill will between him and Kendrick Lamar. At the end of the day, Hopsin says, hes cool. Theres no fucking bad vibes that Im trying to spread between me and him. I havent met the guy personally. We had a show together a long time ago but I havent actually met him. Its just like he raised the bar high and I made a joke about his height. I know hes a little small dude. Im just letting him know Im about to raise the shit even higher. Hes cool though. Im not hating on him. This is Rap.

Hop Is Back is not the first time Hopsin has publicly called out rappers. On 2010s Sag My Pants, the 2012 XXL Freshman dissed Lupe Fiasco, Drake and Rick Ross.

Hopsins Knock Madness is scheduled to be released on November 26. The video for Hop Is Back can be viewed below.


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