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Mace & Crown | April 30, 2017

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Hopsin Brings 'Savageville' to Norfolk

Hopsin Brings ‘Savageville’ to Norfolk
Brooke Nicholson
Contributing Writer

Marcus Jamal Hopson, better known by his stage name “Hopsin,” has had a particularly hard journey getting to the success he has built up. The Los Angeles native had always wanted to pursue a career making music and began producing his own music when he was just 16 years old. Having a hard time in school and being placed in special education classes, Hopsin found that pursuing his dream and believing in himself didn’t always come easy.

 

Hopsin first announced his latest tour, “Savageville,” on his official Facebook page on Aug. 22. He’s been busy taking on the tour, visiting numerous cities across the U.S. and Europe to promote his new independent record label. On Nov. 5, Hopsin’s tour came to visit The NorVa in Norfolk, Virginia to give his fans a concert experience like never before.

The night before the show, Hopsin made a video on his Snapchat giving his fans a bit of what he was doing before the show: skateboarding around MacArthur Mall and hitting up the nearest 7-11 near the venue.

The small, intimate setting of The NorVa was the perfect place to let Hopsin’s creativity and charisma shine. The venue wasn’t quite filled to capacity but still had a fairly large crowd. The opening acts, Joyner Lucus and Token, were the first to take the stage promptly at 8 p.m.

Once Joyner Lucus and Token had finished warming up and getting the crowd ready for the main act, the lights dimmed down and a bright blue neon “Hopsin” sign shone brightly in the background. He stormed the stage with his first song, “Crown Me,” as the crowd cheered him on.

He continued with some of his most popular songs, belting out “Hop is Back,” “Nocturnal Rainbows” and “Ill Mind of Hopsin 5.” The crowd was pumped hearing Hopsin mix some of his older songs as well as his new. He even tested them to see if they were keeping up with his latest material from his newest label Undercover Prodigy.

During the song, “Sag my Pants,” Hopsin decided to bring a female fan up from the crowd to help him sing it. The crowd went wild as other fans begged Hopsin to let them come up on stage as well. Fans helped the girl sing along with echoes of the song throughout the hall. Hopsin started wrapping up the show around 10:30 p.m., giving the crowd one of his more popular songs to finish up with, “Ill Mind of Hopsin 7.”

Hopsin is still currently on the U.S. leg of his tour, and soon will be heading to the U.K. Hopsin is a unique artist who loves to interact with fans personally and emotionally and promises to put on quite a show for everyone in the venue.