Charlotte-based artist Cutright penned a rebuttal to “Ill Mind of Hopsin 7” after the song, which challenged the existence of God, dropped in July 2014, but he never released it.
However, Cutright said he recently felt led to re-write the track, and on Tuesday, he put it out.
Hopsin released “Ill Mind of Hopsin 7” two years after he announced that he had become a Christian. In its emotional music video, he denounced his faith.
In Cutright’s own words, here’s why he answered “Ill Mind of Hopsin 7” now.
The heart behind ‘Whispers (Dear Hopsin)’
I wrote a response to ‘Ill Mind of Hopsin 7’ two years ago and, after some wise council, decided to put it on the shelf because my motives for writing were out of order. I wanted to put him in his place. Instead of trying to hear him out, I just wanted him to know how wrong he was.
Three weeks ago, I found it again and ended up rewriting it, not as a response record, but as a heartfelt letter from someone whose been where he has been before. I felt a compulsion to record it, and so I did on Friday, Sept. 2 with no idea why God had me do so after all this time.
On Mon. Sept. 5, Hopsin posted on Instagram about the dark hole he’s fallen into:
“You guys may ask ‘why take it to social media,’ but you guys are all I got. Since 14, I slaved away for the music and fan base, and now music is all I have. That’s just the cards I was dealt. I fell into a dark hole that I haven’t been able to get out of. I’m a master at glorifying my pain, but pain isn’t never good.
“I’m only writing this right now because it’s making me feel better for the time being. Maybe it is so I can get sorrow. I don’t know. I can’t see myself ever doing it, but I actually wanna literally die.
“Like literally. My funeral would be a blessing for me right now. I’m the emotional rapper, I know. Make fun of me. Do as you please. I can’t change the way I am. This may be a moment that I look back on and laugh, but right now, I’m not laughing.
“What would make a 31-year-old man cry on a daily basis? Being rich as hell, successful with no love around him. That’s a first-class ticket on Air Robin Williams.”
I feel like it was God’s timing. The fact that I found the rhymes, that He led me to rewrite it and share my deepest pains and my struggle with the faith, to make the beat and to record it with no purpose other than being obedient to what I felt He was telling me to do? And then to read Hop’s Instagram post?
Most definitely God’s timing.
I pray that this message gets to Hop, and that he is genuinely encouraged to see that even through all the hurt we have endured and the dirt we commit that God still loves him.