At 30, Hopsin is one of second-generation
Hip Hop’s old guard, a genre veteran for nearly half his life who has
used devices both fresh (white contact lenses that give him the
appearance of an extra in Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video, YouTube
promotion, a positive spin in his lyrical message) and time-tested
(artist feuds, label conflicts, a fake retirement announcement, run-ins
with the law, an acting career) to widen his exposure.