t’s Friday the 13th, so it’s only appropriate that some weird shit starts dropping. And from the opening twenty seconds of Hopsin’s latest single “Happy Ending,” you can already tell that it’s going to be a strange ride. As you might have guessed from the title and album artwork, “Happy Ending” finds Hop putting on a masterclass in storytelling about his experience getting an “Asian massage.”And while it does have a few laughs, it might be hard to get past the cringeworthy Asian impression Hop puts on in the chorus: “I can give you good massage, I can be your everything, you give me fifty bucks, If you know say nothing, I can give you sucky-sucky, If you give me more money, I give you do something lucky.” Now that you have a better idea of what to expect, let’s dive in.
There are some heavy R. Kelly vibes on this one, circa “Trapped In The Closet,” evident in both Hop’s melodic delivery and the absurdity of the subject matter. The track is truly a narrative about Hopsin’s experience getting an Asian massage, which plays out in X-rated detail, complete with voice acting and (for better or worse) extremely detailed imagery. At times, the track has some strong moments of humor, but one wonders what might have gone through his head while recording some of these lines.