Ill Mind of Hopsin 5

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"Ill Mind of Hopsin 5"
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Single by Hopsin
ReleasedJuly 18, 2012
LabelFunk Volume
Songwriter(s)Marcus Hopson
Producer(s)Gresham Major
Hopsin singles chronology
"Hop Madness"
"Ill Mind of Hopsin 5"
"Ill Mind Six: Old Friend"
Music video
"Ill Mind of Hopsin 5" on YouTube

"Ill Mind of Hopsin 5" is a song by American hip hop recording artist Hopsin. It is the fifth installment in the "Ill Mind" series and was released on July 18, 2012 by Funk Volume.[1] In the self-produced song, Hopsin raps about his frustration with jaded youth and disenchantment towards other unrelatable rappers, a departure from the previous, more comedic "Ill Mind" songs. The song peaked at #17 on the Billboard Social 50 and R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs chart. The song was certified Platinum by RIAA on April 7, 2021.


Hopsin explained that he was originally writing a song different than the final result, reminiscent of the "wild", comedic "Ill Mind of Hopsin 4". However, Hopsin had begun building a relationship with God and felt that he could not create another "obnoxious" song, but rather something with a message: He went to the studio and wrote a majority of the song quickly and, although not sure whether his fanbase would react positively to his change, recorded the song and shot the music video a few days later. Hopsin said the people assisting at the video shoot weren't reacting to the song in his presence, making him skeptical of his choice – however, his girlfriend told him while he was away, "everybody felt bad 'cause of the song, really made them feel weird, all these parts were really talking to them."[2]


The video went viral on the day of release. It garnered over two million views in 24 hours and over five million in ten days.[3][4][5] The song managed to chart at No. 17 on two Billboard charts: the Social 50, based on weekly additions to online fans and followers, artist page views and song plays,[3] and the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs chart, with 20 thousand downloads sold in the first day, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[4] To date, it has over 100 million views on YouTube and remains Hopsin's most viewed video.

It also received highly positive reviews. Eric Diep of Complex wrote: "Whatever opinions you have on Hopsin, [Ill Mind of Hopsin 5] shows that he’s got serious skills with his piercing delivery."[5]

Charts and certifications[]

Weekly charts[]

Chart (2012) Peak
Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs[4] 17


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[6] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ "Ill Mind of Hopsin 5 - Single by Hopsin on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  2. ^ Huff Barili, Nick (September 7, 2012). "Hopsin talks Ill Mind of Hopsin 5, God, Eminem". Hard Knock TV. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
  3. ^ Jump up to: a b Gruger, William (July 28, 2012). "Hopsin Hops Onto Social 50 Chart After 'Ill Mind' Video Goes Viral". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
  4. ^ Jump up to: a b c Trust, Gary (July 19, 2012). "Bubbling Under: Casey Abrams, Chris Wallace, Hopsin, Half Mile Home". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
  5. ^ Jump up to: a b Diep, Eric (July 18, 2012). "Video: Hopsin 'Ill Mind Of Hopsin 5'". Complex. Complex Media. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
  6. ^ "American single certifications – Hopsin – Ill Mind of Hopsin 5". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved April 7, 2021.

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