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Copywrite returns with new album ‘The High Exhaulted II’

Columbus, Ohio rapper Copywrite has shared a new album called The High Exhaulted II, which acts as a sequel to his 2002 debut The High Exhaulted. An accomplished veteran in hip-hop’s underground, he has consistently released lyrically sharp, thought-provoking albums over the years. For his latest, Copy showcases his powerful delivery and deft lyricism atop dark, textural production from Swab, Stu Bangas, the late great Camu Tao, and more that combines a variety of influences together engagingly.

The album opens with “Cold Turkey Leftovers”, which finds him delivering fierce verses that weave together vivid lyrics at an electrifying pace. The production here is grand and muscular, with a cohesive blend of driving keys, snapping percussion and infectious bass. Project highlight “The Lah” follows, which features intriguing, mysterious production centred around dream-like guitars and energetic keys. Here, Copy provides sharply-crafted verses full of esoteric references, flowing in a smooth yet commanding manner.

“Spoiler Alert/ Have U Cena?” is an exhilarating track that finds him taking shots at wrestler John Cena, who he accuses of stealing his lyrics for Cena’s music. He begins by delivering clever, piercing lines, before an engaging beat switch takes the energy up even further, as he dissects the situation with a series of descriptive, rapid bars. “Hot Iron” enters next with a catchy hook containing high-pitched vocal samples and jovial keys, with sleek trap percussion beneath. Here, Copy and fellow Ohio rapper Fulio trade memorable verses containing sharply-crafted punchlines that drift atop the playful instrumentation.

“White Sean Price” provides another project highlight, with smooth samples made up of elegant vocals and subtle guitars. A gritty drum loop is brought in and pairs with rich bass to create an immersive groove, as Copy flows atop with assured ease. He collaborates with Cannibal Ox‘s Vordul Mega for “Maintain”, which talks about society’s ills atop soulful, chilly production. Lastly, the LP finishes with “Silence”, which contains thought-provoking pianos and textural drums underscoring Copy’s emotive verses.

The latest from Copywrite, The High Exhaulted II finds him delivering powerful verses atop textural, vibid production. An exciting album that combines a variety of sonic palettes through dark yet graceful instrumentation, this project is a gripping listen that provides surprises at every turn. Released on Man Bites Dog Records, The High Exhaulted II showcases some superb lyricism and deft flows from Copy, and finds him as sharp as he’s ever been.

Listen to ‘The High Exhaulted II’ now:

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