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About Funk Volume

Funk Volume is a Los Angeles-based record label, marketing and production company that been cited as a leader among independent rap labels with over 200 million YouTube views, 2.6 million Facebook likes, consistent Top 10 chart placements on Billboard and iTunes and high profile write-ups in media outlets such as Forbes, Billboard, SPIN, LA Weekly, any more. Founded in 2008 by internationally recognized rap artist Hopsin and Stanford MBA grad Damien “Dame” Ritter, the label was created with one thing in mind: protecting the integrity of the artist’s vision.

Currently home to rappers Hopsin, SwizZz, Dizzy Wright, and Jarren Benton and more recently, DJ’s and producers Hoppa, Kato, and Rikio, the label has quickly transformed into being a label to watch by fans and industry insiders alike. Funk Volume recently released their first documentary, Independent Living, which captures the artists’ swift rise during their 44-date national tour in 2012.

Damien “Dame” Ritter
President | Funk Volume

48 Responses to “About Funk Volume”

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    • naji goldman June 17, 2013 at 9:43 am #

      I appreciate funk volume and hope to be apart of fv. I am 16 almost 17 and am a hiphop artist and have been for my whole life i am really interested in what yall are about i am originally from baltimore, maryland but moved to covington,georgia when I was 12 . My hunger for getting signed is outrageous i will only do or put forth my talent 10000000% . My number is 6787684800. I hope to be hearing from yall soon
      or you can contact me at najihiphop@

  2. MOB June 29, 2013 at 1:05 pm #

    My name anthony But i go By the name lil MoB or MoB. my question is how kan i get signed with funk volume. I’m Born in wichita kansas. i feel like i wanna Bring my town up. To keep it 5200 I’m no dick rider. I like you guys movement and the fresh styles and Beats you have Brought. I’m not feelin to much of the industry niggas. so im askin what i need to do? please hit me Back at 316 213 0940 or email me at thank you!

  3. Mitch July 1, 2013 at 9:26 pm #

    For dope music and beats. google “punchline3nt”

  4. Wedo July 3, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

    Ay whuts up, big fan off ya’lls record label. Ive been tryin to do my thang since 7th grade n wanted to get wit people like hopsin, Dizzy, n Swiss. Even if u guys didn’t need another rapper, I would like to feat. in there songs or yalls in mine. Got some shit when I was 17 on youtube, lilwedo90. Hope u check it out, I aint gone lie its alright but alot better lyrically now. Once I get my pro tools n record one fresh I could always send it if needed b. Send me message on email, id be tight hearing from u, Laterz!

    • Houndz August 5, 2015 at 9:04 pm #

      Its SwizZz, but sorry if I seem like a dickhead but yeah peace out brother

  5. Mark July 11, 2013 at 11:06 am #

    sup peoples? I must say that Funk Volume is the shit!!!!! maybe one day I will take my time and write some sick shit and see what everyone thinks cause lil wayne was my #1 until I heard Hop. my mind is always on music and I got talent (or so im told); so Hop if you see this hit me up on my email and maybe I can get an accurate assessment on my writing skills. don’t trip homie im not on some gooy fan shit or stalker status….but you are a fuckin genius!!!!!

  6. hunter July 18, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    what if lifestyle was in it ha ha ha

    • cam October 23, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

      The truth behind funk volume is they makes no money at all, swizzz has bene in the game for 9 years and no albums? wtf is with that, couple wack mixtapes and thts it, hopsin who is actually talented but is to vulger in all his rhymes therefor appealing to a small percentage of rap lovers (i happen to be in that group of people but still thats why he doesnt make a lot of money when he is top 3 in my opinion). Jarren benton who is older then my grampa and makes jack shit for money because his rhymes are all kill dis nigga cut dis nigga shoot dis nigga, then theres dizzy who puts no time into anything and therefor makes no quality music, and last and least theres dj hoppa, need i say more? the owner of funk volume must live in his gramas basement thats probs where jarren got tht idea, btw the album was absolutely heinous. I reccomend HOP gets a record deal with someone like TDE and then maybe dizzy gets a job at some weed confectionary, mr benton applies at a shooting range, and dj hoppa maybe walmart or something ahaha but legit if knock madness isnt absolutely unreal which i dont think it will be FV better pack up shop ahaha

      • JayTee September 25, 2014 at 12:51 pm #

        Is this guy for real? Cam, you have no material and nobody knows your name. And you took like ten minutes out of your day to personally come on FV’s page and hate. You’re just a hater that all of FV raps about in their songs. Get a life dude, or hell buy a Dizzy CD.

        • Anonymous December 15, 2014 at 1:22 pm #

          They don’t have haters only fans in denial

      • rick December 18, 2014 at 11:28 pm #

        you’re a dumb cunt

  7. Stephen aka Dj Locz July 19, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

    Hey I am a rapper and I want to be signed by FV contact me at 210-801-0729 here’s an example that when your mind starts to scramble then your thoughts become to much to handle I just wanna burn up like a candle and fly off like a bottle rocket that way I can be plugged in like the wall socket I should carry a mic in my pocket so I could take it out and smash young money to the point where its not funny if Dj stands for droppin jaws then their jaws are on the floor when I rap because I go zombieland and hit with a double tap can you hear my name across the map or can the top drop to put my name up higher call this flow the sandlot cuz its got you runnin like a pf flyer if you try to cut my wires pull it apart thats the pliers up next I twist your thoughts like a screwdriver then I drop in like a scuba diver with another spirit in the heart to fly by like Mario kart poison a persons system like a blow dart but why would you doubt me from the start I’m goin on to the end but right now I just want another message so I can click send rap so sick it needs to go to a clinic for an operation thats clinical maybe it will stick like a technical I don’t want anything thats disposable I want my rap to be better than tolerable just let the power rise and the truth synchronize or the truth might make me unwanted and then I would be forever haunted so Hopsin do you like the lyrics I’m droppin

    • arman June 12, 2014 at 9:59 pm #

      it wouldnt be that bad if ur syllable count was on point and ur switching ur rhyme scheme too much like ur pattern. i did the same for a while. keeping those two things in mind makes writing by those guidelines a challenge but it also makes it good quality. and more lyricism. always.

  8. Kavish July 26, 2013 at 5:29 am #

    Hey I’m starting a new brand and I had a few Designs for Hopsin T-Shirts and since he’s signed with you I was wondering if I could show them to you?

  9. Romeo August 2, 2013 at 1:56 am #

    Guys 12 thumbs up on Jarren Benton’s album…I have introduced to a lot of cats around where I stay in Durban plz send me new updates n links on my website for new albums..

  10. Des September 9, 2013 at 10:37 pm #

    Come to Canada!! Eh? :)

  11. JaeKae October 2, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    I’m a young artist from Pittsburgh 😀 I’m really intersted in FV. My youtube is

  12. Stephen aka Dj Locz October 25, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

    Hi I’m Dj Locz or you can call me the L-O-C-Z maybe I might get signed by FV and stomp on people called YMCMB cuz I’m a maniac a lyrical brainiac I don’t care about a paper stack I’ll murder the track and give everyone a heart attack so cut the slack like the knife against your thumb spit so raw I make your brain go numb so I can spit this game like I’m from the street or I can be discreet and to the point like the pencil tip I make the beat rip and make wayne take bullets like their pills here you go wayne it’s the full clip so listen to these lyrics that roll off my lip cuz that’s what will make me insane or at least in that category and your flow isn’t for me that’s why I took your cds and started a bon fire with them in the middle of the store I’m just death knockin at your door so kiss my sickle as it puts you in the pickle of death and screw your brain up like crystal meth and the reason I play these rappers like Nintendo is cuz their faker than Nicki’s bottom and that’s the way I spot em to smash em and bash em like whack a mole sweep all these rappers in like a black hole holy mackerel like Jarren I can say alsalaama’alaykumisme but me I tell Danny Trejo to get the machete so I can go Jason and crystal lake em oh for goodness sake em hold on I will take em and bring the house down no Whoopi oh goodie I took your cd and chunked it into the ceiling fan and watch it fly all over the room in a million pieces I’m so sick I give diseases and I cause you a mass contusion that makes me an optical illusion that’s called Dj Locz and no jokes cuz I’m gonna destroy your every thought my lyrics are my ammunition but watch out it’s my mission to keep my weapon hot I just murder a lot what else can I say oh drake don’t play the only bottom you no is the one of Rihanna but I’m just spittin these lyrics hotter than a sauna

  13. Antonio October 27, 2013 at 12:14 am #

    Funk Volume is hands the best record label out there, they hold some of the best talent out there. It’s rappers like them that inspire me to write, i’ve been writing raps/ flowetry since I was eight. Ever since i’ve started listening to Hopsin, Dizzy, and Jarren ( for about 3 years) i’ve discovered what real music is about and I wanna be part of this movement. I’d do anything to be a part of FV, i’d jump off a roof ( i’m not crazy i’m just a tad bit strange). I want to collaborate with some of hip-hops greatest and most talented, it’s them who showed me that hip-hop isn’t dead, and if it was, FV brought it back from the dead!

  14. Antonio October 27, 2013 at 12:26 am #

    by Antonio Huffman
    i’m 15 and i think i got the mind of a grown man, i’m gonna take care of the fam better then my father can, swear I haven’t seen that nigga in a minute, but if you ask me my life is good without him in it, spit like a crack addict, walk away from the pain never look back at it, this is the poet inside of me, i’ll shit on Ross and spit on YMCMB, it’s about the money, it’s not about the fame, I just wanna help bring life back to the game, resuscitate it with the words that I speak, i’ll crack open my mind and watch my flow leak, can’t stop i’m on a streak, I ain’t a psychic but your future looks bleak, my flow’s a heavyweight and yours is just weak.

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  17. Tre' February 4, 2014 at 12:09 pm #

    FV is the shit. can you jus hmu I wanna get to know you

  18. ondreas February 11, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

    i am going to get singed to funk volume one day just wait on it am going to be killing shit i am coming hopisn.

  19. Cesar February 15, 2014 at 11:34 pm #

    Hi my name is Cesar Castillo but I go by Ceas I love hip-hop it’s my passion I try my best to wright and rap and I always try and put my mind to my music I’m 14 about to be 15 and I’ve bin rapping since I can remember getting signed with FV is my dream and I really am hoping it comes true. I know I’m young n still gotta finish school but rapping fills inside me and when I think about it I start to wright and make something to help me out in my future goals. I get support from friends and family and I always have confidence to become something great. 281 653 4046 is my number you can also contact me on And by the way I live in Houston TX.

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  21. Skid April 9, 2014 at 7:50 pm #

    Why the fuck do people on here just expect FV to hand them a record deal? Nah it don’t work like that homie. You gotta get out there and grind for your success just like they did. A lot of the rhymes on here are weak too. Don’t you people know what multi-syllable rhymes are? Fuck, but who am i to judge? I’m in the same place that ya’ll are. Anyways, If I DID try to promote my music on here, I’d leave an actual song with me ripping it to shreds, not just a mediocre verse that i could’ve freestyled. Even then they wouldn’t give a fuck, because there are no shortcuts in this industry…..Unless you’re Waka Flocka or another “rapper” like that. Who the fuck knows how they got a deal.

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  27. Nirvana June 20, 2014 at 9:00 am #

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    Young white boy spits bars about real shit alot of people ask me what I wanna do with my life n I tell them I wanna be somebody that people rememeber not a basic ass person gettin a boring ass lifetime career doin stuff I dont even like n I like money thts why they call me money mike im just waitin fpr somebody listen to a rap of mine & be like damn! Why isn’t he signed yet? Lol let me know I can put in work when I put my mind to it let me know asap!!!

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  37. JayTee September 25, 2014 at 1:04 pm #

    It’s funny how a lot of people come on to this page expecting to get signed. Don’t get me wrong I want to be part of Funk Volume just as much as the next rapper, but you don’t get there by leaving a comment on a page man. You got to get your lazy-lack-of-a-work-ethic-ass up and do something about it. Write your songs, invest into studio time, market yourself and get some shows. No one is going to do that shit for you. Just listen to Hop’s music. He didn’t get a free ride to the top and now you expect him to just let some random guy who comments on his page get a free ride? I don’t think so. You could be the dopest rapper on the scene but it’s not about being dope to me. It’s about what the people want to hear and what kind of show will sell. It’s business. If you have proven that people like you then FV will come to you. You can’t say that your hungry but expect delivery food. Rap is like that foreign resturaunt you want to eat at; if you’re hungry you are going to have to work for it and travel a lot of miles. Werd to Hopsin and the rest of FV! You all inspire me to create real hip-hop and do my thing! May the Funk thrive in this ugly industry!

  38. JayTee September 25, 2014 at 1:28 pm #

    For everybody writing raps on hear thinking they are going to get signed this is for you:
    It’s obsurd, you turds believe you deserve a record deal
    when all you’ve done is surged the game for a lyric steal
    I met em and made em choke like methenphetamine smoke
    check it your not dope, so knot ropes, for your cock throat
    Yes I am whack, I can’t rap, yes, and I can’t dap
    with that slick crap you play when you spit splat.

  39. Megan December 27, 2014 at 5:58 pm #

    You need to do a Funk Volume tour world wide, it sucks for fans who aren’t in America.

  40. Ray June 25, 2015 at 5:49 pm #

    All I have to say is that my 15 year old nephew put me on to Hopsin and Dizzy. He’s been going through a lot at home and somehow came across you guys and your music has helped him stay strong and positive. I’ve listened to a few of your songs and I must say that I’m impressed! Not too many artist will take the chance and really “keep it real” with their lyrics but you guys seem to have kept consistent and I wish you the best. Thanks for helping my nephew in his times of need. Love!!!

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