Funk Volume Presents : Hopsin at the Highline Ballrom

Under the black of the venue, faces became unrecognizable. With the space dripping with teenage angst and sweat, one wrong move could have landed you in the center of a brewing mosh-pit.

Hopsin made his way to New York on the Funk Volume 2012 Tour last week at the Highline Ballroom in the Lower Eastside.

Consist in his stage presence and performance Hopsin played “Nocturnal Rainbows”, “ How You Like Me Now” and “You Are My Enemy” off his 2010 Album “Raw” released of his independent label, which features fellow Funk Volume artist SwizZz and Dizzy Wright.

Running off pure adrenaline, Hopsin feed off the crowd’s energy for his hit “Sag My Pants”, a machine gun of a track aimed at some of today’s most popular rappers.

With the aggression of a heavy metal crowd mixed with the raw fire that underground Hip Hop admits, Hopsin’s performance was more than commendable. The LA rapper has such a severe connection with his fans that he jumped into the crowd, not once, but four times during his set. At one point Hopsin was held upside down, inches from being dropped, yet still managed to spit his rhymes effortlessly, keeping complete composure as if the words were etched in his brain.

Hopsin challenged MC’s in the crowd to come on stage and spit, in addition to grabbing a few amped up volunteers up on stage and throwing them forward to be carried away by the wave of the crowd.

The Funk Volume Tour heads overseas this November and will be hitting up the UK, France and Germany in the process. You can stay in the loop on everything Funk Volume via Twitter on the Official Funk Volume Twitter Page, or via Hopsin, Dizzy Wright, SwizZz and DJ Hoppa.

Words by Gyasi Williams- Kirtley 

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