30 November, 2010@6:21 pm
It’s hard to believe that it has been almost a decade since Ohio emcee Copywrite released the critically hailed The High Exhaulted. Since then, Copywrite has been in and out of music, dealt with a number of personal issues and has finally resurfaced for his first full length album since 2002′s The High Exhaulted with The Life & Times Of Peter Nelson.
Copy has evolved since his days on Eastern Conference records. While widely known as a menacing punchline lyricist, his best work was arguably done with the narrative “June.” On his latest project, Copywrite expands his arsenal in gives a lot more insight on who Peter Nelson is. Copywrite has been though a lot in his life and spends roughly half the album discussing his personal issues, departure from the supergroup The Weathermen, the friends and family he’s lost and fighting his own personal demons. Those moments truly round out the album and prove that Copywrite isn’t just a rapper.
Copywrite sets aside his rapping persona and introduces Peter Nelson on songs like the RJD2 produced “Forever And A Day” which pays homage to all of the friends and family he has lost over the years. “Bored” finds Copywrite poking fun at himself and the numerous internet jockeys that drag his name through the mud on message boards while “Confessional” is a therapeutic session as the Ohio rapper acts as a tour guide through his turbulent past.
But don’t think he can’t shred a mic with the best of them. His romp with Planet Asia and Tage Future “Best In Show” proves this point to perfection. “Y.O.G.A. Stretch” is Copywrite at his hip-hop quotable finest as he pummels the racing production with what seems like a punchrhyme instead of a single punchline.
At a robust 20 tracks, The Life & Times Of Peter Nelson might be a difficult meal to digest in one sitting. A few tracks could have been shaved off the outing like the dreary “Don’t Kill Me” and thudding “Shotgun.” If condensed, Copywrite would have had one helluva album. However, the injection of mediocre songs weighs down the album and drowns out some of the excellent songs Copywrite recorded. But either way, Copywrite has made a valiant return to hip-hop.
In conjunction with TWV.
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