Copywrite aka Copywrite 78, born Peter Nelson, is an emcee who hails from Columbus, Ohio. Copywrite helped start the power group the â€œMHzâ€ or Megahertz, which consisted of Copy, Camu Tao (R.I.P), Jakkai Tha Motamouth and RJD2.
Copywrite has been in the rap game for quite sometime now. His debut solo record â€œThe High Exhaultedâ€ was released in 2002 on Eastern Conference Records and featured Jakkai Da Motamouth, Cage, Mr. Eon of the High and Mighty and production from RJD2. His last album was released in 2007, â€œThe Worst and Best of Copywrite: Mixtape Vol 1â€.
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Copywrite is back, after a 2 year hiatus with a new E.P. titled â€œUltrasound: The Rebirthâ€. As well as, working on his new full length album â€œThe Life and Times of Peter Nelsonâ€ Scheduled for release spring this year.
â€œ’Ultrasound’ is a mix of stuff; some of the songs are old. The song stop is from 2005â€ Copywrite explained, â€œwhere as ‘The Life and Times’ is all new material, think of Copywrite in 2002, just more refinedâ€.
The new full length album will also feature an a-list line up of emceeâ€™s: Louis Logic, Meta4ce, Tage Future, King.Dom, as well as Sean Price from Heltah Skeltah and more.
The E.P. â€œUltrasound: The Rebirthâ€ has a nice line up as well. It features rapper Sean Price and Royce Da 5â€™9â€ of super group Slaughterhouse as well as a song from the MHz. Also, the album features a diss track towards last years college frat boy rapper, Asher Roth. The track is titled â€œCreamationâ€ and it is actually the second diss towards the young rapper, the first being titled â€œThe Real Fake Shadyâ€. Asher Roth actually responded back to the diss â€œThe Real Fake Shadyâ€ with a track at Copywrite titled â€œSilly Boyâ€.
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The last couple years have been rough for Copywrite, having to deal with his close friend Tero â€œCamu Taoâ€ Smithâ€™s passing due to cancer has taken a toll on the emcee. And dealing with issues with the group The Weathermen, which Copy helped co-found with New York rapper Cage Kennylz. As well as a few other issues that will be brought to light on his full length album.
â€œIt didnâ€™t really effect my writing, it hit me personally. It was like having your brother taken away from youâ€ said the emcee in regards to his friends passing. Recently, the emcee has taken a turn for the better. Kicking the booze, pills, and cutting back on the smoking. â€œI feel like the old Pete. The one that I love, not the lazy, lethargic, cloudy headed forgetful, bullshitting watered down version of me.â€ Said the emcee on his blog via MySpace.
Copywrite has a few other projects in the works over the next year or so. Including a re-release of his album â€œThe High Exhaultedâ€ which will have some newer material and some new emceeâ€™s on the album. Also, slated for a release later on this year is â€œMHz 2â€ album titled â€œTero Smithâ€ a dedication to the late great Camu Tao. Which will feature Jakkai Tha Motamouth, Tage Future and production from RJD2.
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For those of you who thought Copywrite had disappeared, well you were wrong. He is still very much on the hustle game. He is always offering his talents to anyone; you can check him out via his myspace page www.myspace.com/odotrecords or follow him on twitter www.twitter.com/copywrite