Hopsin
Funk Volume Mixtape: Haywire


3.0
good

Review

by LambsBread USER (22 Reviews)
February 7th, 2014 | 34 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A Breath of Fresh Air for the Asthmatic Lungs of Hip Hop

California. A beautiful land that was once home to Indigenous Mexicans and Native Americans, the eventual home of the Wild West and American Individualism, the land where countless American policemen and civil servants died to create a safe-haven by resisting the Mafia and the Ku Klux Klan. Yet, today California is known only as the place that elected The Terminator as Governor, and for being overwhelmingly filled with unbelievably stupid people who render the minorities of level-minded people helpless. This is especially true in Los Angeles, a city that’s immigration or bilingual polices (depending on who you ask) are so dreadful, that half the population has a harder time communicating with one another than a flock of geese. Swizz and Hopsin become relevant to this scenario as defenders of the style of LA in the past. They have an obvious bone to pick with the direction their society has taken in modern times, and they are here to show intelligence and good faith still exists in a shallow wasteland of imbeciles.

On the fourteen track Funk Volume Mixtape: Haywire, five tracks are from Hopsin alone, and five are with verses from only SwizZ, leaving four tracks with verses from both SwizZz and Hopsin. Swizz and Hopsin’s style is vaguely similar to the Michigan based rap group Binary Star. Their influences in old school hip hop are apparent, but not exaggerated, and their overall style is still distinctively new school. Hopsin has a similar voice to One Be Lo of Binary Star, and also combines intelligent lyricism and a purposeful message in such a way that it is hard to believe he is a new school rapper. Swizz, meanwhile, is distantly reminiscent of Senim Silla of Binary Star for his humbleness and candor in his lyrics.

The mixtape starts with underwhelming tracks that feature both artists, and SwizZz’s first verse alone may prove to be enough to get many listeners to hit eject. The main flaw on Haywire is SwizZz’s voice is too goofy, which is a shame because lyrically he is a beast. He over pronounces with a type of E-40 rhyme-accent, and this is only made worse when he raps about foolish stuff like Flip Cup and Beer Pong on the first track Funk Volume. Yet SwizZz is nevertheless a good rapper and usually features notable subject matter. He manages to create a worthwhile dance song on Ramble , a deep and emotional track Wanna Know, an excellent lyrical effort on Too Far Gone, and he plays a big role in the highlight of the album, The Lucifer Effect, a masterful song reminiscent of Eminem and Dr. Dre’s back-and-forth on the track “Guilty Conscience”. However, SwizZz-only tracks like Blow a Cloud and Low Dough feature the worst hooks on the album, and are what make this mixtape drag on near the end.

While SwizZz manages to create tracks that are good-but-flawed, Hopsin is much more consistent and overall the superior emcee by far, which is why the second, third, fourth, and fifth best tracks are the ones where Hopsin is left to do the verses on his own. It’s All Good Now features very bright lyrics about fake friends, plus an excellent blending of flow and a west-coast inspired beat. The song also features the mixtape’s best hook. I Make the World Spin is a talented and aggressive rap dissing the new age. Cover Up deals with fake 'bitches', a term which he painstakingly defines on the track, and Leave Me Alone is essentially a continuation on the topic. Hop Sin’s only bad effort on the entire mixtape comes on The Hop Train, which is one of the worst tracks on the entire mixtape because of a corny pop sound created by the hook and beat.

Although mixtapes are not typically judged for the overall cohesion of the album, it is nevertheless strange how naturally the topic switches from pure happiness to absolute sadness on Haywire. This first comes off as an odd contradiction, but in the end seems more like the enlightened view of wise kids that have seen more than their fair share of tragedies (and learned from them). All in all, despite a decent amount of flaws, this album amounts to a critically needed breath of fresh air into the Asthmatic lungs of modern day hip hop.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
psandy
February 7th 2014


83 Comments


Good review but funk volume eh
I would be okay with never hearing SwizZz ever again

LambsBread
February 7th 2014


3884 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ranking (Top=Best; Bottom=Worst) and Rating (5=Classic;1=Awful) of Tracklist:

The Lucifer Effect 5
Its all Good Now 4.5
I make the world spin 4
Cover Up 4
Leave Me Alone [b] 4
[b] Wanna Know
4
Bad Motherfucker 3
Ramble 3.5
Low dough 3
Funk Volume 3
Too Far Gone 3
Blow a Cloud 2
The hop Train 2


LambsBread
February 7th 2014


3884 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You can stream or download the free mixtape here:

http://www.datpiff.com/SwizZz-Hopsin-Funk-Volume-Mixtape-Haywire-mixtape.51509.html







Thanks Psandy. I actually was asked to review this, I was not familiar with either of them before hearing this album. What Hopsin albums would you recommend?

SharkTooth
February 7th 2014


6396 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Damn, didn't think you would like it this much, hard pos and let's see what I'll do for that KRS
album!

highly reccommend RAW,
dunno about GAML
His latest album though is cheesy as fuck, though.


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Azn.
February 7th 2014


5617 Comments


let's just say that hopsin can rap

SharkTooth
February 7th 2014


6396 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

unfortunately I can't start reviewing the KRS album today due to some unexpected bullshit, but I will
do what I can during the weekend and what limited time I have during the weekdays to listen.



GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
February 7th 2014


6201 Comments


Why am I not surprised that hil likes hopsin

Lotus
February 7th 2014


507 Comments


awful summary

SharkTooth
February 7th 2014


6396 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ehh, it's okay

LambsBread
February 8th 2014


3884 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah no worries write it whenever

Buzzkillr
February 8th 2014


1541 Comments


lel

Spec
February 8th 2014


27297 Comments


gimme back my homie

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
February 8th 2014


6201 Comments


Yeah summary is basically the worst

VermTheImpaler
February 8th 2014


1360 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well, is enjoyable, not the best but still better than most of the crappy hip hop loved by ironic
hipsters, dude this guy compared to lil b, asap rock, gucci mane and drake is like MF DOOM, chuck D
and Sadistik combined

SharkTooth
February 8th 2014


6396 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Now if only he started getting an original style

VermTheImpaler
February 8th 2014


1360 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Maybe he will be a 4 or a 4,5

LambsBread
February 8th 2014


3884 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@Gnarlyshellaeagh Yeah man The Abstract & The Disappointment

that shit was brilliant!

lmao

Azn.
February 8th 2014


5617 Comments


summary is fine

but why is it in all caps

LambsBread
February 8th 2014


3884 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

my brain is not insane but im insane if you know what im saying

LambsBread
February 8th 2014


3884 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

SwizZz kind of sounds and looks like a Ninja Turtle



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