Kurtis Hoppie is paving his way in the rap game with authenticity and lyrical intensity. Combining his singing background with his passion for rap, Hoppie seeks to bring a message of hope to the hopeless.
Hoppie grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada with his older brother and mother and struggled with loneliness and identity after losing his father at the tender age of five. But Hoppie always found solace in music. He sang in choir growing up and watched his brother try his hand at rap. Hoppie followed his brother’s footsteps and became Triple Thr33, a rapper who sought to bring a positive message to his listeners as he was exploring his own spirituality.
When he came to faith in Jesus, Hoppie found the father figure he was searching for. He also found peace from the paranoia that haunted him for years and respite from a life of emptiness. His new perspective led to a shift in the direction of the music, knowing that the words he was sharing were no longer his own.
“God told me that every word that I said had power in it and when I spoke, I need to be mindful as to what I was telling the people who listen to my music,” he explains. “… Of course they’re going to get pieces of me and they’re going to get pieces of who I am, but really I believe it’s the spirit of God speaking through me and when it speaks through me, it could speak to their hearts.”
Hoppie is a member of Kingdom Muzic, a ministry and brotherhood that seeks to share the Gospel with the broken and lost. By working with them, he met Adam Hagaman, a businessman with a similar heart to bring light in dark places. Hoppie relocated to Boise, Idaho to immerse himself in the music and partnered with Hagaman’s One Vision Army label to release the Mansions in the Sky LP as Triple Thr33 in 2018.
As Hoppie transitions to his new chapter, he will also have the backing of RMG Amplify after connecting with co-founders Derek Minor and Doc Watson through the natural progression of his career. It is a full-circle moment as Hoppie was making a name for himself in the hip-hop world completely unaware of the Christian Hip-Hop scene until he came across Minor’s music and was excited at the idea of having a community and platform for like-minded art.
“The doors just kept on opening and before I knew it, we’re working next to Doc Watson and like it was all a God thing,” Hoppie shares of his journey to RMG Amplify. “So it’s just a dream come true to be able to work with these guys and I’m super excited to just see what the future holds as we move forward in this.”