Dizzy Wright 2017: Funk Volume label break-up
Who is Dizzy Wright (La’Reonte Wright)?
Coming off as a Devin the Dude for the Tech N9ne generation, stoned ranger and weed rapper Dizzy Wright released his debut effort in 2010 on the stoner holiday of 4/20. Born La’Reonte Wright in Flint, Michigan but raised in Las Vegas by a mother in the music business, Dizzy saw the life of a major-label artist firsthand while growing up, an experience that led him later in life to remain entirely indie.
After a series of mixtapes filled with his smooth, Bone Thugs-influenced flow, Dizzy made it to the indies in 2012, specifically Hopsin’s Funk Volume imprint, which released his debut album, SmokeOut Conversations, on April 20 (4/20). The First Agreement EP followed on the label that same year, then 2013 saw the release of The Golden Age, a street-level mixtape that made the Billboard charts when it was officially released later in the year.
In 2015 he dropped the single “I Can Tell You Need It” as a preview to that year’s LP The Growing Process. The album featured guest appearances from Big K.R.I.T., Tech N9ne, and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. The Wisdom and Good Vibes EP followed in 2016. Later that year, he issued the 702 EP and a collaboration with Demrick titled Blaze with Us. Wright’s third full-length, The Golden Age 2, arrived in the summer of 2017.
What the fans say: Fans Comments about Dizzy Wright:
“Okay I am late… but I finally listened to this. “Now he’s dropped one of the most interesting and consistent mixtapes of the summer…” I disagree with the term consistent. While he was indeed interesting, I found him switching up between this old school vibe and this modern trap vibe rather frequently & randomly between the different tracks. I found it… odd. But nonetheless, I still enjoyed the album.”
“Looks like he’s about to be on and get the attention he deserves that’s whats up ”
“Been on Dizzy for a long time now. happy to see people finally recognizing real. ”
Styles Alternative Rap / Underground Rap
2015-Present: The Growing Process, Funk Volume Fallout, Multiple EPs, and The Golden Age 2
Main article: The Growing Process (Dizzy Wright album)
On May 26, 2015 Dizzy Wright released his second studio album “The Growing Process” which peaked at #47 on the billboard 200 charts.
In January 2016, Funk Volume disbanded. Dizzy Wright revealed that he still has the same manager Damien Ritter after the label split. On February 5, 2016 Dizzy Wright released his first project post-Funk Volume titled “Wisdom and Good Vibes”. On July 2, 2016, Dizzy Wright released “The 702 EP”. The EP was supported by two singles “East Side” and “What’s In My Pot”. A few days after the release of the EP, Dizzy Wright released a new single “They Know Why” commenting on controversial political issues. On August 11th, 2017, Dizzy Wright released his third official studio album “The Golden Age 2” named after his 2013 mixtape “The Golden Age”
Who is Damien Ritter?
Ritter created rap label Funk Volume, with business collaborator and rapper, Hopsin. The label, however, broke up, late 2015.
Here’s what Hopsin said of it at the time:
“I’ve been having issues with my business partner Damien Ritter. “We started this whole FV sh** years ago, but this man has all the sudden built up the courage to disrespect me and tell me I don’t work hard when I’ve made him Extremely wealthy over the years from my music. At this point, if he doesn’t leave funk volume, then I will. I’m putting it out there publicly so he knows that it’s f**k him forever. If you’re a real Hopsin fan, I need your support right now and I only hope u continue to strongly support me if/when I leave FV. My heart will always rep FV, but as of right now, it’s not home for me as long as Dame is apart of it.”
Damien Ritter says he knows what led to Funk Volume break-up. “Telling Hop ‘You don’t work hard’ was the trigger,” Ritter says during a spreecast.
The talk comes after former Funk Volume partner Hopsin released “ILL Mind of Hopsin 8,” which the Panorama City, California rapper debuted 2016.
In the song, Hop says that Ritter was “biting the hand that was feeding you” and his multiple roles of manager, label owner and accountant are “tricky.” Hopsin also disses Ritter’s Funk Volume Fitness initiative, claims Ritter has gambling problems and compares Ritter to Jerry Heller, the N.W.A manager with whom Ice Cube had a financial disagreement that led to his leaving the group.
Ritter says today that his hand was somewhat forced to discuss the dissolution of the label he and Hopsin started in 2009.
“This is not something that I’m happy to do,” Ritter says. “It’s something that’s actually pretty painful. Funk Volume has been my life for the past seven years.”
When he and Hopsin started working together, Ritter says he paid Hopsin’s rent early on and that he would drive the crew around the country for shows, mail out the merchandise orders and handle all of the business for the company.
The imprint’s growth led to a deal with Warner Bros. in 2015. “Funk Volume got to a place that was something special and I feel like we were just on the brink of something even more special with just a little bit more work and a little bit more patience, but unfortunately things unfolded,” Ritter says. “There was miscommunication.”
“All this stuff happened pretty abruptly,” Ritter says. “There weren’t issues that were lingering for a long time, at least that I knew of. We never had big fights. We never had arguments.”