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Picking The New Face Of Strange Music [Editorial]

Published: February 11, 2011 in Strange Music by

Coming off one of the hottest years for Strange Music, it is looking like everyone wants a piece of the indie monster label. With a roster of superstars, Strange Music is shaping up to be a powerhouse of talent in the industry. So, as the label steps into the spotlight, it would only make sense for Strange to scout more talent. Tech N9ne, Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, Jay Rock, Big Scoob, and Brotha Lynch Hung are all expected to drop new projects in 2011. With so much attention on Strange, now would be the perfect time to introduce a new face to the world. This would be the perfect platform to push a new successful artist, in both a business and creative sense. The million dollar question though, is who does Strange sign next? Taking a look at the landscape of unsigned artists, it’s always a good idea to start close to home. As the birthplace of Tech N9ne, Kansas City has no shortage of spectacular local talent. The first that comes to mind is the always charismatic Craig Smith. The Kansas City native has been making a lot of noise as of late. Craig Smith has already caught the attention of Strange Music, having appeared on multiple albums for the label. His signature call, “Mista Smith”, can be heard on tracks like “Laughing Stock”, “In The Air”, “What’s Next”, and “Like I Died (Remix)”. Smith’s unique voice can be picked out from anywhere, and his presence hits listeners without warning. Smith’s appearance on “In The Air” shines as an example of a guest spot that can keep up with Tech N9ne. His smooth delivery and laid back swagger give the impression of a confident MC who can spit with the best. Given his sound and subject matter, Strange Music could easily package Craig Smith as a mainstream hopeful. He has all of the characteristics of a superstar, and it doesn’t hurt that he can deliver hot bars.

You don’t have to look too far to find yet another Kansas City talent worthy of the snake and bat. Irv Da Phenom has been blazing through the independent scene on his lyrical and vocal abilities for years. The MC doubles as a singer and much like Krizz Kaliko he excels at both. Just like his peer, Craig Smith, Irv has found himself featured on several Strange Music releases. On Tech N9ne’s “Hunterish”, Irv drops an adrenaline pumping verse that showcases his knack for speedy rhymes. Irv is not a one trick pony though. While he may be able to deliver quick flows like Tech N9ne, Irv can also switch it up and lace a track with wordplay that would make backpackers hit the rewind button. On his latest mixtape track, “Toyota Mode”, Irv breaks any preconceived notions of his music. His R&B influence is nowhere to be found as he unleashes straight lyrical fire, and crumbles lesser MC’s. When Irv does feel the need to belt out hooks though, he could give most singers a run for their money. His feature on the chorus for “Keep It One Hunit” is a perfect example of what Irv could do when given the opportunity to shine. As of this writing, Tech N9ne has already expressed interest in signing Irv Da Phenom. We hope this happens sooner than later.

It would be irresponsible to ignore the one name on the tips of fans’ tongues everywhere: Hopsin. The young and brazen MC has created a buzz of epic proportions. Seemingly coming out of left field, the West Coast menace has taken independent music business to another level. His do-it-yourself tactics have paid off in the long run with numerous YouTube videos, self-released mixtapes, and full-length albums. From directing to editing to producing, there appears to be nothing Hopsin can’t do. Then of course, there is his rapping. Hopsin’s lyrical skill has been compared to that of a young Eminem. His penchant for multi-syllabic rhymes and punch lines has earned him respect in heavyweight hip hop circles. Just what is it that fans love about Hopsin? It could be his comical and sometimes violent imagery. It could also be that Hopsin oozes pure talent, the likes of which fans haven’t seen in a long time. Hopsin is a breath of fresh air in an oversaturated market. Strange Music fans love Hopsin so much, that it is not uncommon to find his name littered across the Tech N9ne message boards. The Kansas City King himself has met with Hopsin and even broke news of an intended collaboration on Bad Season’s “Losin’ My Mind”. The collaboration did not come to fruition, but that hasn’t deterred Tech N9ne from seeking out Hopsin for future projects.

News of Tech N9ne’s interest in new talent came during his live Ustream broadcast from Atlanta. Tech made mention of seeking out deals with CES CRU, Irv Da Phenom, Stevie Stone, and MayDay. A myriad of talent, these names have all demonstrated something to hit on Tech N9ne’s radar. There is no official news as to who will be the next to rock with the snake and bat, but one thing is for sure, the fans will decide who sticks around in the end.

-Victor Sandoval, Strange Music Blogs Contributor

  • http://www.facebook.com/heskman Paul Hesketh

    Hopsin

  • http://www.facebook.com/heskman Paul Hesketh

    Hopsin

  • Anonymous

    How about giving the best artist on Strange some love? (Prozak)

  • http://twitter.com/m8x9796 max ambrose

    I think you should sign all three 😀 but maybe get back Prozak. Throw In Bizarre & maybe Trae!

  • Slakerpde

    hopsin and the scalebreakers

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1161464930 Stefano Uebeler

    wow Irv and Hopsin!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brett-Tigner/100000247938049 Brett Tigner

    Thats a tough one I agree with all three but i like craig smith and irv da phenom a lot. Either one is cool with me.

  • Jizzle

    Craig Smith! hella yeah! 😀

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1045166037 Berwa ‘Bromotion’ Mahmod

    Hopsin, Irv Da Phenom, Craig Smith on STRANGE? FUCK YEA!!!!

  • Jeff Markway

    Irv DEFINITELY! Dude goes hard and has, in my opinion, one of the best stage presences I’ve ever seen. Muti-talented lyrical weapon! Staying local, I think KC has A LOT of talent. Nesto the Owner, BdoubleE, and Cash Image just to name a few. I think no matter who they choose it’s gonna b dope!

  • Richsibley

    No offense to West Coast but give it a rest for a while. Strange did good with Krizz, Kali, and Kutt, u can’t go wrong with ur local talent. Irv being a rapper and singer makes him worthy plus tour experience are things to note. His name is as unique as Krizz and Lynch. I see Craig as more of a feature artist for now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Fluffy-Reed/100000668575268 Richard Fluffy Reed

    yall need to put hospin on thea man bring bacc that wicced shit to strange music dont get me wrong irv hot but he aint strange if you ask me

  • Victor Sandoval

    What does everyone think about some of the other artists Tech wants to sign like MayDay, CES Cru, and Stevie Stone?

  • InternetJunky

    Can’t say I’ve heard MayDay or CES Cru (if anyone has some links to some songs let me know), but the rest of the artists listed I’d love to see on strange, especially Hopsin.

  • Jeff Nelson

    As far as CES Cru look no further than “Livin’ Like I’m Dyin” from Tech N9ne’s Bad Season mixtape. Being a KC native I’m definitely partial to them but make no mistake, they have world-class talent.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lorestani Åmid Kaliko Lorestani

    Strange NEEDS to sign Hopsin !

  • Ordoinc

    Nesto, Irv, Mista Smith, I still need to hear more Hopsin. I think I’ve only listened to him once. Thing about Irv is he “says” he wants to do it all on his own as DMG, but maybe he can do a one album deal to give it a try? Lynch still sees Siccmade on the side. But whoever they do sign next, it’ll make for a Strange Year!

  • http://twitter.com/ShawnzyBeatz ShawnzyBeatz

    Wow, Thatz A HARD Ass Question Ta Answer! All 3 Are Amazingly Talented AND Dedicated To THeir Musicc. But Imma Go Wit IRV Or HOP.

  • http://twitter.com/KILLERJESSIKA J E $ $ I K A

    Hopsin!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nicholas-Alexander-McGinnis-Gottsch/510708883 Nicholas Alexander McGinnis Go

    well krizz and kali are the same person…

  • james

    HOPSIN!

  • Scottyballs17

    Hopsin belongs on the label. Fuck yeah.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=702388947 Valerie Strange

    tough choice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/corey.clay1 Dizzy Dizz

    Hopefully soon all three of them collab on a track

  • Mr.UNSTABLE

    HOPSIN!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nicholas-Alexander-McGinnis-Gottsch/510708883 Nicholas Alexander McGinnis Go

    I think IRV is a deff he fits with strange very well… i love hopsin but i think he needs to drop one more cd to see if he can keep it poppin cause as good as he is he is bound to fizzle… but idk about the long run…

  • http://www.facebook.com/kyler.sikorski Relyk Strange Sikorski

    Damn. they all got their own type of talent fa sho.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kyler.sikorski Relyk Strange Sikorski

    Damn. they all got their own type of talent fa sho.

  • JoseJFB

    Hopsin needs to be signed into this label

  • JoseJFB

    Hopsin needs to be signed into this label

  • Bob

    hopsin.

  • Bob

    hopsin.

  • Smokd2thabajesus

    Hopsin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ThaKidd

    Hopsin – if he would take that chance. But Who Knows

  • http://twitter.com/kcnick89 nick from kc

    do you mean MayDay as in the band that helped make Wayne’s Rebirth album? If so, they are pretty dope and that would definitely be a good move to make. Strange needs to sign a rock group bad. and they definitely have that left field feel that strange is all about

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1245182561 Damien Dame Ritter

    Thank you all for the support. Hop has put in A LOT of work and it’s good to know that he is finally getting recognized! Funk Volume – Turn it up!!!

  • Ozywan

    Craig Smith deserves it!

  • Syanidenwl

    HOPSIN

  • Victor Sandoval

    Everyone saying Hopsin, what do you think he could do over Strange Music production?

  • Crotti01

    Hopsin man hopsin!

  • http://twitter.com/MrDraMatc Mr DraMatic

    I dig Irv…but don’t sleep on your boy

  • Midweststrange23

    they do have a rock band. Dirty Wormz. Check em out. They’re set to be the band for KABOSH. Look up Speed of Sound Dirty Wormz rmx.

  • Z1mm3r

    i gotta vote hopsin. his flow is amazing, i would DEFINITLY pick up hopins album before either of the others

  • DetroitJake

    HOPSIN!!

  • http://twitter.com/Anghellic313 Alyssa

    Im scared to even answer this! lol

  • Nbononcini

    Give west coast a rest??? Have you heard hopsin? I agree irv needs to be signed. He can rock a crowd with anyone of his skill sets. His song smoke somthn is a beast. But you can’t rest on hopsin, he’s a lottery ticket waiting to be cashed.

  • Krazy

    I Think you should sign irv da phenom and hopsin those to would fit right in at Strange

  • Cole Payan

    HOPSIN

  • KC 4 Life

    WICKED WAYZ should be in that Category as well.They have done shows with the Likes of ICP all the Way to Rappin 4tay, Thier Fan Base in KC is out of this world…Their Stage show is one of a Kind, with Snappy lyric that catch your attention and leaves u wanting more… They are Def a Dynamic Duo not to Be overlooked….WICKED WAYZ til the end of dayz..

  • Suburbannoizefan

    HOPSIN!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/therealbrandonosborn Brandon Osborn

    Look, heres an educated answer, IRV is dope, but we have heard him, and he does his own thing, craig smith is good but i dont think should be on strange music hes not different enough, i think hopsin as far as an artist is the best choice, hes real, he can write, and hes a work horse hes not afraid to loose sleep to work, and he can perform live, and those tech fans have to know a live performance is just as important to strange as on the wax……that is just my opinion HOPSIN

  • Kswan1

    Phenom & Mista Smith

  • korn the wickedlette

    all the rappers you mentioned are good but what about wicked wayz them dudes be throwing it down where ever they go they heve great love for there fans and can rap like no other

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Erik-Quinty/579623575 Erik Quinty

    HOPSIN would be a worthy act to sign. everyone else cant bring enough to the table. i love 80% of the other acts but this dude is fire and other big name people have respect for him. if strange gives him opportunity to grow there’s no telling the heights hopsin can go

  • http://twitter.com/RapDeathMetal Jeremy Horner

    HOPSIN!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1324953384 Casper Ye Ol Skool

    Stevie stone .. everyone else mentioned in this would be a huge disapoint .. there all the same sound..we dont need it… and if all those no named people was any good they wouldnt be so tiny.. Stevie stone got the skillz but if they dont sign him they need to look away from the same ol bullshyt sound look for artist that stand out..and that are as far away from the ” gangsta” sound as possible.. a rap/rock band ? a jedi mind tricks clone ? Sutter kain ? anyone with a unique sound really.

  • Al_excell

    SNAK THE FUCKIN RIPPER!!!!!

    YALL NEED TO LOOK UP NORTH!!!!!!!

  • Juztinsane

    Why is strange sleeping on Prozak???? I want a new Prozak album

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Eric-E-Rock-Rembosky/1641635611 Eric E-Rock Rembosky

    Irv Da Phenom baby!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Eric-E-Rock-Rembosky/1641635611 Eric E-Rock Rembosky

    Irv Da Phenom baby!!!

  • Fuck-Science

    Snak The Ripper!!!

  • Afsantiago28

    What about Grewsum?? Hes been in the underground for years and his shit is def STRANGE!!

  • Juggalo_life

    Hopsin & Snak The Ripper FTW

  • Tom Cat

    strange music needs snak the ripper

  • Tom Cat

    strange music needs snak the ripper

  • Halkett09

    PHENOM!!!!!!! time for the Kansas city prince to take his rightful spot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ace Wonder

    snak the ripper snak the ripper snak the ripper

  • 3tch3r

    Hopsin

  • Dan_mitbrodt

    snak the ripper.

  • Gunty

    I think all the artists are good. Hopsin stands out the most to me.. but i think there are other rappers you should be looking at! (Snak The Ripper caugh caugh)

    Dont ignore canada!

  • Jeff Nelson

    Hey Damien thanks for stopping by! What does Hopsin think of all this and Strange Music?

  • http://twitter.com/kcnick89 nick from kc

    dirty wormz isnt getting signed to strange tho, they just gettin together for kabosh.

  • http://twitter.com/kcnick89 nick from kc

    dirty wormz isnt getting signed to strange tho, they just gettin together for kabosh.

  • http://twitter.com/kcnick89 nick from kc

    dirty wormz isnt getting signed to strange tho, they just gettin together for kabosh.

  • GraffMonkey

    snak the ripper & hopsin ftw

  • Fuckno

    search snak the ripper on youtube!!!

  • Fuckno

    search snak the ripper on youtube!!!

  • Four20jay

    much rather c stevie stone any day!! Irv is good on features but his solos, not so much!

  • WICKEDWILDREC

    Hopsin brings the fire and heart that Strange Music represents and would be the most perfect all around artist.

  • Four20jay

    How many cd’s has irv dropped? Hopsins one cd is killin irvs, no compition!!

  • Four20jay

    Stevie Stone!!!!

  • affliction85

    hopsin all the way!!!!!!!!!1

  • http://twitter.com/KorruptX Korrupt

    Hopsin baby!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jesse-Kronic-Walters/655775480 Jesse Kronic Walters

    TECH N9NE AND SNAK THE RIPPER= PROLLY THE BEST SHIT THERE COULD BE

  • Sarah Rogers

    SNAK THE RIPPER

  • None

    i say Nesto the owner and Hopsin!!

  • Brillhartmelvin

    WICKED WAYZ The hottest underground in K.C.

  • Mike_c322

    GORDY!

  • ReserETC

    SNAK THE RIPPER

  • jake the shape

    I would say hopsin but hes got his own label funk volume they should just collab or maybe a distribution deal of some sort.Its not gonna look to good for Hop to work so hard for funk volume to just abandon it, and s-w-i-z-z-and add another. any strange music fan should be thinking IRV hes been in the back for a while spittin flame and I personally think it just fits.

  • Robbie D

    HOPSIN, the guy is dope. He WORKS to create his lyrics. They’re never sloppy and ALWAYS delivered with expert force. This guy is a power house. Sign, him. I PROMISE that he will create the buzz that em did when he became popular.

  • http://www.facebook.com/truejug.galofamily TrueJug GaloFamily

    Hopsin!

  • jake the shape

    fuck yeah sign king mutha fuckin gordy

  • Nickb47

    HOPSIN!!!!!

  • Unsignedtalent

    “Unstable Minds” would fit perfectly on strange music

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1245182561 Damien Dame Ritter

    Hopsin is excited about ALL the energy that has been built up over the past year. When you been through all the crap that he has been through…it’s a relief, but he also knows that there is a LONG way to go. Being recognized by one of the best indie labels is one hell of a start though…lol.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1715280143 Jordan Jacey Jasnoch

    Hopsinnnn

  • http://twitter.com/piggofdoom Emery Pigg

    Tech sure knows how to pick em, these cats are fire.

  • http://twitter.com/piggofdoom Emery Pigg

    Because I honestly think all three of these men would be successful on the label.

  • jack

    Hopsin FTW, #Realshit

  • Seound

    Look up wooMARVIN on YouTube. Good stuff coming from the group “woo”. Recently not a lot ofwork has been done due to school but it’s about to get messy up in here, this stuff is gonnabe amazing.

  • Buddha

    You should try for other rappers in places like Wichita. But irv is a great rapper an so is hopsin. But there might be new talent hidin in other places. Just my opinion. But good luck on the search. STRANGE MUSIC fo life baby!

  • gvgrunsdis

    A Funk Volume and Strange Music partnership would be better in my opinion because if Hopsin signs what’s going to happen to SwizZz? Both of them make the dopest tracks together so that would be the best for both labels

  • Chrisncool

    The one that excites me the most is Hopsin. He’s the first who should get signed. But all 3 are worthy of signing with Strange. But Hopsin is the best from this line-up. He’s one of the best, period.He soared his way into my Top 5. I couldn’t believe it. He can also make it INCREDIBLY big in the mainstream with a proper push & machine behind him.

  • :)

    Hopsin

  • Matt

    definatly snak the ripper.

  • FV & STRANGE MUSIC<3

    HOPPPSSSINNNNN!!!!!

  • Mr64magic

    hopsin

  • DJ

    Irv and hopsin. I’d love to hear some more Irv hooks on Strange songs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/William-Blair/100001309054577 William Blair

    What happens if Hopsin is selected as the new face of Strange Music?!?! Is Funk Volume going to remain in act and Hopsin just work side by side with Strange? I am a HUGE Tech N9ne, Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, BLH fan. I also listen to Hopsin and SwizZz and a huge fan of them as well. It would be the shit to see Funk Volume and Strange Music working together. If you can answer those question hit up my Facebook or email mrnastytreats@hotmail.com

  • Spikedom7

    Stevie Stone!

  • Cgoofyrun04

    The best answer would be to sign Funk Volume and Irv. Tech has said in the past he would like to step back alittle. Think about it Hop, Swizz, Irv all being push, and mentored by the strange family will change the music industry plus elevate Strange to the next level on power houses. Think about it!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001219510771 Salim Akbar

    HOPSIN

  • Jordon

    Hopsin! Funk Volume! Turn It The Fuck Up!!

  • Josh Mettz

    Hopsin! For real!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joey-Gaskin/500862641 Joey Gaskin

    Hopsin.

  • Stievo_13

    snak the ripper and hopsin should deff be sighned by stange musik. snak the ripper and hopsin with tech nine would be some shit that would tear the musik indusrty upp!

  • 850

    them dudes kinda suck ass

  • 850

    in all realness i dont even know that other rapper… but Hopsin is the shiiit!!!

  • 8BALL

    Respect everyone, but HOPSIN definately

  • STRANGEgenius

    in this order…
    1. HOPSIN
    2. CRAIG SMITH
    3. IRV

  • Cele0n

    Hopsin and Nesto ALL DAY!

    i already put so many folks up on them and they all luv them.
    Craig and Irv are talented as well but they dont fit Strange in my opinion. KC all Day though!!!!!!!!!!

  • Cele0n

    yes sir,

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=702388947 Valerie Strange

    he was dropped :'(

  • http://www.facebook.com/DjDuRity Savage Produktions

    I was just sayin to the wifey, that strange should just sign craig smith, that boy always brings the heat when he collabs with stange, just do the thang already and sign the boi

  • http://www.facebook.com/DjDuRity Savage Produktions

    Ok so after readin these responces and re-readin the article, WHAT THE FUCK, did yall forget about BG BULLETWOUND??? that nigga spit way harder than hopsin and craig smith combined, aint showin hate towards either of them kats, im just sayin cant we keep it kansas city???

  • Nitro

    Hopsin is definetly the most worthy of being signed to strange

  • Nitro

    Besides me of course, here’s a taste of my lyrics…. Verbally and physically slaughter you and your henchmen and leave em’ in fetus positions in different dimensions, my wickedest sickedness satan can’t get with this no-one can spit with this leave em’ with sifilis, lyrically giftedness demons are kin to this enter the nemesis of a real lyricist, and i get quick with this eve is the venomous origins of the serpent alive in the genesis. …Who likes my shit??

  • MCOD

    I love to see our Midwest boys getting exposure and doing their thing. Irv is good and so is Craig! I know he is from the west coast but, Hopsin is incredible! I think he would be a great addition to Strange Music.

  • Tart Travis

    phenom

  • Kriston42088

    Gotta go with Hopsin

  • http://twitter.com/bobwazzu tomwazzu

    HOPSIN!!!!

  • Julyhardesty

    SIGN DA PHENOM!

  • Julyhardesty

    SIGN DA PHENOM!

  • Logan aka L

    Hopsin iz sick az hell….. Tech you need to sign his ass!!!!! i love the song sag my pants….n i love that he loves the song i love you by krizz kaliko… hahaha

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001491452290 Timothy Woodward

    Hopsin most def he has a unique style that I believe would be perfect for Strange Music.
    TURN IT UP!!!

  • OverdoseOfWPO

    HOPSIN!!!!

  • Dukecityspecialist

    hopsin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hektik Tha Psyko

    Prozak himself said that is a rumor, he’s still a part of Strange and still gonna keep it going with them for a long time to come

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Broski-Love/1200844614 Broski Love

    hopsin is buns. kid was an actor first and and still is. the played out contacts,industry woes, illuminati crap and name dropping only proves this. his music appeals to white kids whos musics tastes have yet to evolve beyond the standard teen angst nonsense of make up wearing clowns who think generic soda is moet.

    the kid cant freestyle either, like an actor, he needs time to write and craft his act because it isnt real or flowing thru him. peep his thermal freestyle video on youtube and youll die laughing .
    one of the worst things about hopsin is how many people he has worked with on lame projects with cornball rappers. hopsin is so desperate to get his name out that he will put it on anything and even put the worst rappers on his junk volume label. serious, this kid is done . ole wanna be eminem with a bell pepper nose and cant skate to save his life. antwuan dixon you aint cuzz.

    i got more dirt on this kid and have no issue releasing it to expose how cornball he really is, can your pr people handle it?

    victor sandoval dumb ass trying to hype something thats garbage and did it pay off? the skinny ass hat claims he has eating issues, a heart problem and lost his girl, got booted from a label and now is trying his last shot at fame thru strange. lmao @ these morons

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Broski-Love/1200844614 Broski Love

    hopsin is buns. kid was an actor first and and still is. the played out contacts,industry woes, illuminati crap and name dropping only proves this. his music appeals to white kids whos musics tastes have yet to evolve beyond the standard teen angst nonsense of make up wearing clowns who think generic soda is moet.

    the kid cant freestyle either, like an actor, he needs time to write and craft his act because it isnt real or flowing thru him. peep his thermal freestyle video on youtube and youll die laughing .
    one of the worst things about hopsin is how many people he has worked with on lame projects with cornball rappers. hopsin is so desperate to get his name out that he will put it on anything and even put the worst rappers on his junk volume label. serious, this kid is done . ole wanna be eminem with a bell pepper nose and cant skate to save his life. antwuan dixon you aint cuzz.

    i got more dirt on this kid and have no issue releasing it to expose how cornball he really is, can your pr people handle it?

    victor sandoval dumb ass trying to hype something thats garbage and did it pay off? the skinny ass hat claims he has eating issues, a heart problem and lost his girl, got booted from a label and now is trying his last shot at fame thru strange. lmao @ these morons

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Broski-Love/1200844614 Broski Love

    damien, you seem educated but ignorant of what hopsin truly is. i believe this is motivated by your own struggle for acceptance and want for money.
    this kid is buns. funk volume is a joke with all its cornball rappers. you guys are broke and your core audience are broke white kids who think faygo is moet.
    now damien, ive researched your background and know a lot about you and marcus as well as past endeavours and job history. you need to keep it real and just move on like Ruthless did. but you probably wont, youll tax hopsin for as much as you can for whatever its worth and the both of you will end up has-beens forgotten in a long list of indy artists that arent signifigant .
    do yourself a favor and do hopsin a favor, abandon ship and get a real job that makes money so you dont have to spam forums and youtube trying to promote a failed artist like your rent money depends on it.

    contacts,name dropping, industry woes,illuminati, come on kid, get original or stay home, no poseurs allowed

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Broski-Love/1200844614 Broski Love

    damien, you seem educated but ignorant of what hopsin truly is. i believe this is motivated by your own struggle for acceptance and want for money.
    this kid is buns. funk volume is a joke with all its cornball rappers. you guys are broke and your core audience are broke white kids who think faygo is moet.
    now damien, ive researched your background and know a lot about you and marcus as well as past endeavours and job history. you need to keep it real and just move on like Ruthless did. but you probably wont, youll tax hopsin for as much as you can for whatever its worth and the both of you will end up has-beens forgotten in a long list of indy artists that arent signifigant .
    do yourself a favor and do hopsin a favor, abandon ship and get a real job that makes money so you dont have to spam forums and youtube trying to promote a failed artist like your rent money depends on it.

    contacts,name dropping, industry woes,illuminati, come on kid, get original or stay home, no poseurs allowed

  • Ghostdtx972

    he is no longer with strange

  • Ghostdtx972

    check out the wikipedia, and there’s a reason there’s no Strange Music logos on his fliers

  • Critical718

    Opinion from a Brooklyn N.Y dude. I heard Irv and Craig on multiple tracks throughout tech n9ne albums and i SERIOUSLY NEVER really went “ohhhhhhhhh shit,dude went HARDDD,lemme go research more of their music”.In my opinion,they dont bring nothing that brings my ear into a new zone of listening and excitement but recently i have heard of Hopsin as well. I listened to his video “Sag My Pants” and jsut by that song,ive immediately went researching for his material and became a fan of his album “Raw” and mix “Gazing at the Moonlight”. I believe that Hopsin fits Strange Music Perfectly,thats just my opinion on this and i see from these comments that most people believe that as well lol

  • James White

    They left out a major player on the east coast by the name of Fury, he also does everything on his own and has a few YouTube videos under his belt. He has many artists on his tracks such as Bizarre, King Gordy, Q-Strange, Prozak, Jack Beazly, Weerd Science, Big Left, etc. He just released his third Studio album on top of a least four mix tapes plus two albums under the name Kapital Punishment with Ether. He is also realeasing Something Awful this year, a collab album with Bizarre. If you haven’t yet seen “Skies are Grey” on YouTube then you are really missing out on raw talent.

  • Da_krayzieone

    I say HopSIn boi got skilz and Im feelin him mo than Craig or IRV, don’t get me wrong they got good skillz but they stylez ain’t StRaNgE. Ultimately their stylez ain’t really different enough to be on strange they sound as they could rap with catz from the mainstream. Hopsin’s muzick feel like a breath of fresh air, Hop is another example of Bizzare/Rapcore Genre. To me personally he has that same style as what Tech N9ne is now labeled as Bizzare/Rap core. Dis article or people iz wrong what HopSin sounds like(eminem) he reminds me mo of Tech just without the fast rapping skillz and rappin backwordz plus tech raps bout diffenrent subjects. Tech iz My favorite rapper but now Hopsin iz in my top list of favorite rappers/rap groups. I know that there iz many wack rappers in the mainstream(Lil Wayne) and in the Underground (most horrorcore rappers) but new good rappers keep risin out of the ashes of actually good good Hip-Hop dat used to be (Tupac,Biggie,etc….) Hopsin iz one of those catz dat are gonna bring da noize as well as one other rapper (I know personally) up and coming artist on my list of favorite rapperz/groupz ST.LUKE Local great of YOUNGSTOWN!!!, Im pretty sure most yall have not heard of him I just had to put hiz name out there cuz he really iz GOOD. Check hiz Muzick out. He’s ahead of Hopsin by 1 rank on my list. 1.Tech N9ne 2.Twiztid 3.Three 6 Mafia 4.Brotha Lynch Hung 5.Atmosphere 6.ST.LUKE 7.HopSin 8.Krizz Kalico 9.Dayton Family 10.Dark Lotus 11. Boondox 12.Potluck 13.Eminem 14.Necro 15. IlL Bill. I listen to much more but dat list would fill up half dis forum. I find it good to listen to somebody datz good & new to me when I find out bout em. Finally sum of dez forums need to stop talkin shit on Juggalos and their muzick yes , ICP SUCK!!!! at least today not back then(COC to Great Milenko ,AMB are mediocre, so is ABK, Blaze ya dead homie is pretty good but in a old school sense.Dj Clay cannot rap dat good but his production iz awesome. But the fans of PSY Reords is kinda responsible for helping Strange Music blow up some mo. alot of juggalos have been fans of Strange since it’z begginings, I as A Juggalo fo 11 Years is dissapointed what the label stands for today. Not just the music but I am dissapointed with the way alot of juggalos act makin us( DA REALIST JUGGALOS) look bad. In a way I have defected to Strange Music fo da many metionablez in dis long ass comment. The world u can hate continue to hate thingz u dont understand that iz just small mindedness and the refusal to change just like racism all this H8TE is going to lead to your self destruction. But hey at least Im not gonna self destruct like da haterz cuz we juggalos don’t die we are just dead to the world and that’s all that matters cuz Fuck The World and The H8Terz. I Don’t need Ya’ll!!! You’ll Just have to deal wit a real ass Lo Like ME!

  • T-RO

    Hell yeah HopSin is thee shyt! Im addicted to his music, just like i got addicted to Tech when i first heard him. HopSin should get signed fo sho and Irv is right there too

  • http://www.facebook.com/N9NJA Chuck Hancock

    PHENOM! Craig Smith could definitely do his thing with Strange, altho Hopsin is mediocre at best. I just think Phenom and Kali could do beautiful things if we could get a duet album.

  • El Jay

    Hopsin & Stevie Stone both should be signed on Strange 1st then go for the others.

  • http://www.facebook.com/xAmandaxReneex Amanda Harris

    Hopsin & Irv!!

  • Crediance

    WTF is you come from KS your don’t even have any Idea of who Hopkisn even is so Phenom, Craig Smith & Stevie Stone, and plz keep cognito and put out another album. IT’s not his fault he didn’t sell alot I remember a time Tech didn’t do so hot back in the beginning. Cognito’s whole album is straight fire just people haven’t heard of him cuz you don’t have him touring with Tech and the main artists DUH that’s almost the only reason why I went to the Halloween concert was to see him and lynch live but nope!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kasey-Stokes/100000708034787 Kasey Stokes

    HOPSIN ALL DAY

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1625082454 Kevin Quick

    What about the artist P.R.E.A.C.H. from St. Louis, MO that was on “Far Out” with JL, Stevie Stone, and Tech N9ne

  • Herculesandbutch

    HOPSIN HOPSIN HOPSIN! Get that Hopsin kid…he’s too raw!

  • INzANEjuggalo

    Hopsin all the way. Spittin that wicked shit!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Spohn/869830250 Mike Spohn

    Shit, sign ’em all.

  • Mikeodgen

    Esham…please

  • http://www.facebook.com/killjoyuncut Nick Killjoy Tully

    I gotta go with hopsin i think he’d be a perfect fit for strange

  • The_punisher4eva

    HOPSIN HOPSIN HOPSIN!!!! thats all i got to say.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Phillip-Slaven/100000382821833 Phillip Slaven

    strange need ta to sign HOPSIN for realz that ninja can flow and is sick with it

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Phillip-Slaven/100000382821833 Phillip Slaven

    strange need ta to sign HOPSIN for realz that ninja can flow and is sick with it

  • Trevor

    Hopsin Mothafaku!

  • Roy Razor

    Craig Smith all day. Hopsin already does his thing. Signing him on Strange would be useless.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1500388265 Allen Stiritz Jr.

    Hopsiiiiiiiiiin

  • Craig

    I would like to see Strange sign Liquid Assassin. That dude has skill and Tech already knows what he is about.

  • Midwestmonster

    Hopsin im telling you raw talent and i think he would make you some doe we heard the others no disrespect i like them but hop diserves a shot

  • No

    GREWSUM http://WWW.GREWSUM.COM

    YOUTUBE – GREWSUM FT. TECH N9NE – WHERE’S MY HEAD AT

  • IKy

    You need to sign Hopsin!! He 1 of the siccest most unheard of rappers out there! If not Hopsin then I would have to go wit Mista Smith….. Sorry Irv, u tight n all but I just like Craig Smith a lil better…. But Hopsin overall!!!!!

  • Tabailey51

    MR. SMITH

  • Guest

    GREWSUM http://WWW.GREWSUM.COM

    YOUTUBE – GREWSUM FT. TECH N9NE – WHERE’S MY HEAD AT

  • Thalunchboxx

    irv da phenom is the future. he sings and raps…very well. thats the future. i belive him to be a kaliko hybrid or somethng strange the rap gods put together into a human being. he’s redicuklously talented and i can’t spell for shit. irv for president in my book.

  • Jakebeighey

    just look at the comments to see who the fans want they wnt hopsin but if they sign him they should also sign swizz but the only one i would like to see besides hop and swizz would be irv i love irvs style but he’s preatty much with them with all the colllaborations they do together hop/swizz should be there over irv and then get irv at a later date. p.s. irv and kalico should do a song together that i just them singing

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Mclean/100000131098226 Mike Mclean

    Damn I would love to hear Tech and Hop collab on an album that would be fucking insane

  • Anonymous

    HOPSIN!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Munson/100000540778533 Chris Munson

    i think u guys should sign hopsin

  • MShaffer34

    hopsin all day!!

  • IwisOG

    I’ve been down with HopSin since day one and I always knew that he will be a part of Strange Music :) SIGN HOP!

  • http://www.facebook.com/letari Letari Paku

    HOPSIN BITCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Sick MothaFuxxa

    PLEASE! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD STRANGE! SIGN HOPSIN NOW!!!!

  • Sick MothaFuxxa

    PLEASE! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD STRANGE! SIGN HOPSIN NOW!!!!

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