Midwest rapper Copywrite is back … again. After the release of his long awaited sophomore album, The Life and Times of Peter Nelson, in late 2010, the battle-tested rapper returns with his third LP, God Save The King, due in late February.
Over the course of his now decade long-career, Copywrite has been a lightning rod of controversy, engaged in numerous beefs (some of which have lived out in real time and not just on the microphone). Yet, in life, lessons are learned, you grow and mature; and above all else, life has a way of imparting upon you what’s truly important.
Following the successes of his debut LP (2002’s The High Exhaulted) and his 2010 Peter Nelson), the rapper found himself at a crossroad. He had first become popular in the underground scene for his battle raps and witty punch lines. Then, with his sophomore album, he found critical success by being more honest and candid about his life.
Some fans yearned for the Copywrite who ripped other rappers to shreds; while critics and newer fans appreciated the deeper more introspective side of Copywrite. Mix all of that in along with the deaths of a few close friends and family members that have taken place since The Life and Times… was released a year ago emboldened Copywrite to strengthen himself in his faith to change his content moving forward. What this offers the listener is a true look into the artist, who like many of us, starts something one way, but finishes it in a different manner.
Most artists lack the dexterity to make a shift such as the one Copywrite has embarked upon, but this is not an issue for him. No matter the topic, Copy stays to true his art form and offers plenty of proof that he is still one of the great wordsmiths in the industry today. God Save The King is an intimately honest record, filled with deep concepts like “Talk With Jesus” and the RJD2-produced “Synesthesia.”
Classic Hip-hop tracks still abound, such as “Golden State (Of Mind)” with Evidence, Roc Marciano and Casual, and “White Democrats” with Mac Lethal. Copywrite broadens his horizons on collaborations with fellow Man Bites Dog Records artist Jason Rose, who produced and sang on the pop slanted “J.O.Y” featuring Torae and the Dire Straits cover song “Yo! MTV Raps! (Money for Nothing)”; both of these tracks cast a wider net than Copywrite has aimed for in the past.
The upcoming LP drops February 28th on Man Bites Dog Records.