Sex Pistols Inspired Hip Hop: Copywrite's God Save The King

Featuring legendary Wu-Tang member Inspectah Deck, Genesis Elijah and Royce Da 5’9, this 17 track EP is a mix of British and American rap that sounds truly original...
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Featuring legendary Wu-Tang member Inspectah Deck, Genesis Elijah and Royce Da 5’9, this 17 track EP is a mix of British and American rap that sounds truly original...

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Released amidst surprisingly low fanfare and with understandable delays in the process, we’re finally treated to ‘God Save The King (Proper English Version) - a truly ambitious and commendable project from Ohio underground veteran Copywrite.

From the man himself, the birth of the project came from the idea, “Since we stole the title from the Sex Pistols, it was only right top do an album paying homage to my favourite UK artists and to bridge the Trans-Atlantic gap”. In the process, somewhat reversing the very essence of US-UK relations in regards to the music and culture that is quintessentially American. For far too long the UK Hip-hop scene has seemed like the impressionable little brother and it’s certainly refreshing to see the smaller scene looked at with mutual respect and reverence. With an album of the same title released earlier in the year it must be noted the ‘Proper English Version’ is an entirely different project with new tracks, features and original production.

Upon first learning of the concept, you could excuse sceptics for thinking this is little more than a hastily constructed set of tracks, solely aimed at increasing the publicity of a rapper little known in the UK. The intro track ‘Year of The Gun’ lines up Copy and North London’s Bigz along side legendary Wu-Tang member Inspectah Deck and affiliate Killah Priest. This stands as an early indicator of the consequent meshing of sounds and styles that follow over the 17 track LP. With diverse UK features coming from the likes of SAS, Dru Blu, and Genesis Elijah, verses from across the pond come courtesy of esteemed lyricists such as Royce Da 5’9, Evidence and Sean Price.

“Since we stole the title from the Sex Pistols, it was only right top do an album paying homage to my favourite UK artists and to bridge the Trans-Atlantic gap”

In regards to production, perhaps a couple tracks confuse the overall feel of the album but on a whole it remains consistent and complimentary. The real success here is the execution in the way the project was captained and delivered, for that Copywrite certainly deserves all plaudits. On his fourth solo album, Copy is as comfortable in his flow, style and persona as any other rapper you can come across today. This experience really pays off towards the music as you find an artist confident in his craft, allowing his collaborators the room to shine for the sake of the record, devoid of any insecurity that might come in being outdone or “killed” by the feature. In regards to production, perhaps a couple tracks confuse the overall feel of the album but on a whole it remains consistent and complimentary. The real success here is the execution in the way the project was captained and delivered, for that Copywrite certainly deserves all plaudits.

God Save The King: Proper English Version is out now

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