Review : Copywrite - God Save The King
PopStachePeter William Nelson’s latest recording, God Save the King, finds the Midwest rapper opening the book that is his life a little more willfully than his current hip-hop brethren. At his best, Copywrite’s flow brings back memories of the underground days of Royce Da 5’9”, and at his worst still provides adept rhyming skills. A member of the Columbus, Ohio, crew MegaHertz, Copywrite touches on everything from weak rappers who claim to own “swag” to the sometimes-taboo subject of spirituality.
God Save the King is a solid, message-driven record from a conscious rapper that definitely abides by the rule of being in the world, but not of the world....full text
Above groundRappers with range are a rare breed. Some heads find their lane and stay in it their whole careers, writing about the same topics and kicking the same flows project after project. They get good at what they do, but also run the risk of becoming stale and repetitive.
Not so with Copywrite. A real strength of his latest album God Save the King is that he shows off his ability to do more than just clever punch lines. He gets serious on the first track, “Post-Apocalyptic Request Box”, talking about the difficulties of being moral and tangling with the meaning of his own success in the music industry. He’s spitting real talk and it’s a great start to the album....full text
Kevin NottinghamHis latest project, God Save the King, continues with this intrapersonal evolution, as the Columbus, Ohio native delves into the affects derived from life’s curveballs. It’s not that he’s lost the edge that defined the early portion of his career; it’s more that he’s found a way to transform that energetic anger into a more productive output.
All in all, God Save the King helps mark the evolution that Copywrite has undergone over the last decade or so transitioning into a more well-rounded, thoughtful emcee. The album is consistent throughout, with few tracks really missing the mark (though “Synethesia” will undoubtedly throw off many, it is a pretty effective conceptual track”), and conversely, few that will overwhelm the listener. What we get is an honest, introspective album that provides the audience with a new perspective on Copywrite, one that goes beyond the harsher battle rap we had come to expect.
Hip Hop DXReally, the biggest complaint one can have about God Save the King is that, at a whopping 17 tracks, the LP stood to shed a bit of excess. “Yo! MTV Raps” for example, really doesn’t fit the album’s aesthetic – thematically or audibly. Nothing here is particularly bad, per se, but this project would be a notch better at a leaner 14 cuts.
A combination of irreverence, charisma, and outright technical ability are what make God Save The King a treat. Fans of honest-to-goodness emceeing will eat this one up – Copywrite is clever and knows how to cover a gamut of topics with equal parts humor and intensity. The oft-minimalist production allows Copywrite to remain front-and-center the entire way through – an outing which proves to be quite a show. Carefully-chosen guests such as Torae and Roc Marciano and a strong, cohesive theme really bolster the project and make God Save the King one of this year’s strongest outings thus far....full text
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