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  • Summary: The Los Angeles rapper self-produced his third studio release featuring guest appearances from Jarren Benton, Dizzy Wright, G-Mo Skee, Passionate MC, SwizZz, and Tech N9ne.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Dec 11, 2013
    80
    Third time’s the charm for horrorcore rapper Hopsin, as the angry and often awful character balances his aggressive, violent vocal style with more pop and approachable music during the rewarding Knock Madness.
  2. Dec 5, 2013
    80
    Knock Madness is indeed a stepping stone album, one that can only produce even better music in the future.
  3. Dec 5, 2013
    70
    Knock Madness works best when Hopsin is either angrily fighting or humorously poking fun at some sort of ludicrosity.
  4. Dec 5, 2013
    70
    Die-hard Funk Volume supporters get everything they want and more with Knock Madness.... But casual fans and savvier listeners may ultimately find Hop’s latest frustrating.
  5. Dec 5, 2013
    60
    In order to continue to excel, he needs to move past the solipsistic and look outward. He raps better when he does.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 4 out of 10
  1. Dec 11, 2013
    10
    Okay before you DARE even think about bashing Hopsin, you have to look at the mainstream TRASH that comes out these days. It's not a perfect album (especially jungle bash...that sucked some camel but its damn close. RAW is the perfect album, but this one definitely gives RAW a run for its money. Hopsin raps from the heart and deserves much more than these people that get high and practically get their cats to piss on paper and try to pass it off as rap. Expand
  2. Dec 12, 2013
    10
    Really great album! Preferred it to RAW and this shows his more personal and emotional side. People who hate this album probably didn't give it a proper chance. Well done Hopsin! Expand
  3. Dec 17, 2013
    10
    Knock Madness shows an interesting contrast in Hopsin's life. While contains the goofy rapper bashing Hop we all know, it also has songs that show a different Hopsin. I think this was his first album to truly show his internal struggle as a rapper. I personally like the direction he seems to be heading in rap. Expand
  4. Feb 20, 2014
    6
    While there are moments of brilliance in Knock Madness, there are many key factors that weigh the album down. However, that is not to say that Knock Madness is a bad album. I'll start with the negatives first, so I can end on a positive note. First off, Hopsin needs a change in attitude. Throughout the album, there are many moments where Hopsin gives off a very cold and pretentious vibe. He sounds bitter when rapping about his past relationships, and seems to blame everyone but himself. In the love songs, which are easily the worst songs on the album, he spends verse after verse detailing how horrible his ex's were and how it's their fault the relationship failed. He seems bitter about people in general as well, with the hook of "What's My Purpose" being: "I can't stand humans, I hate humans But I'm a human (I'm only human) One monkey eats **** now all the other monkeys wanna do it Humans are so stupid" Hopsin just seems generally unhappy with his life, and it's extremely clear he is dealing with depression, using his rapping as an outlet to vent. There are lyrics on Knock Madness that make you sympathize with Hopsin, where on "I Need Help", he raps: "Ya'll assume that I'm cool when I rhyme See I'm tryin' to be Marcus and Hopsin But I get depressed when the two intertwine Truthfully, I'm not the man that I used to be Nobody cares who I used to be To talk to, so I lose to heat I cut bad and the bruise is deep Is there anything you can do for me?" The other major factor that weighs the album down is the length. Cutting 5-7 songs from this album would have helped the album tremendously. If Hopsin removed the tracks "Tears to Snow", "Good Guys Get Left Behind", "Still Got Love For You", "Dream Forever", "Whats My Purpose" and "Caught in the Rain", the album would be significantly better. While a long album isn't bad, these 6 tracks are easily the weakest songs on the album, and drag the album down with repetitive topics. The album would have ended on a higher note if "Lunch Time Cypher" was the final track, and the last three tracks of the album were removed completely. Fortunately for Knock Madness, the good songs are the most plentiful, with the first half of the album (minus "Tears to Snow") being the overall most impressive. On "Hip Hop Sinister", Hopsin sounds ferocious, and brings tremendous energy to a track that is easily one of the best on the album. "Lunch Time Cypher" is a song with a good, original concept. The concept of the song involves high-school kids having fun rapping over beatboxing and/or someone pounding their fists on the table in a set pattern. This song is unique, and shows Hopsin has creative potential for the future. The single "Rip Your Heart Out" features Tech N9ne, who is the most famous collaborator on Knock Madness. The song lives up to fan expectations. with both emcees giving good verses with honorable energy. The Funk Volume posse track "Who's There?" features fellow label mates Dizzy Wright and Jarren Benton, who all give album-worthy verses. The track with frequent collaborator (and label mate) SwizZz , while a good song, works best in the final verse, where Hopsin and SwizZz bounce back and forth off the energy of each other, and makes me wish the whole song was in that vein. If "Bad Manners Freestyle" is truly a freestyle (which I see no reason to doubt), it is impressive, and it is hard to deny his skill as a rapper after listening to it, although the freestyle includes some corny, albeit humorous lines. "Nollie Tre Flip" is a clever song about skating, containing skate terms and references that only those who are into skating would pick up on. The song "Old Friend", which was released prior to Knock Madness as "Ill Mind of Hopsin 6", sounds genuine. Hopsin raps about a friend that ruined his life with drugs, and reminisces on the time he spent hanging out with him. Hopsin details how much the drugs effected his old friend's life, and how much it affects his own. Part of his description in the first verse includes: "It’s like your mind vanished You don’t even know that I wish that we could go back Cause it’s so sad when I tell jokes and you don’t laugh like you used to I really hate to stress it, but you strange to mess with So I keep my distance, cause you always got this blank expression Like you’re confused and unaware of your surroundings Emotions have gone and no one’s found it, it’s overwhelming" Overall, while Knock Madness did not live up to my personal expectations, I believe it is a good album that could have been even better with the removal of a few select tracks. Hopsin shows potential, but his personal demons hold him back from being truly great. I believe he should seek help before continuing his rap career, and come back when he is ready. 6/10 Expand
  5. Dec 15, 2013
    3
    It makes me sick to see "Knock Madness" rated a single point below the Marshall Mathers LP. How can an artist like Hopsin, who takes Eminem's personality, beats, flow, EVERYTHING, be ranked nearly as high as the man he copies? His lines are at times so corny I can't listen I.E. "Im the like I slithered in poop", and his Chorus' are trash. Eminem's weakest part of his game are chorus', so Hopsin couldn't have been above Mediocre in the best circumstances. On top of all that, his "Im the nice guy so feel bad for me" image is anyting but respectable. I have no respect for nice guys who feel like their lives suck because the world hates them, not because they're boring, rude, and obnoxious.

    Overall, he really isn't terrible, but people need to hop off his D, just because he's the only underground rapper they know.
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  6. Feb 13, 2014
    0
    This is a terrible album... hopsin is basically a carbon copy of eminem and knock madness is very boring to listen to. i would not recommend this album to anyone even Hopsin fans. go listen to Raw instead Expand
  7. Dec 19, 2013
    0
    I couldn't sit through this garbage... This sounds exactly the same as his previous attempts at making music. He still can't do it. Just quit. Ok bye.

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