Back in the early 2000’s, you could find me with headphones and a backpack—consuming any and every “underground” act there was available. I wouldn’t doubt 85% of my music collection at the time was controlled by Rhymesayers, QN5, Stones Throw, Eastern Conference, Def Jux, and the rest. It was a great time.
The years that followed? One of my favorite artists from that time is still doing his thing. Despite being overlooked, Copywrite has delivered some phenomenal albums—2002’s The High Exhaulted is a classic (hands down), 2010’s The Life And Times of Peter Nelson, and 2012’s God Save The King. Not to mention all the work he did with Eastern Conference, MHz, The Weathermen, a show stealing verse on RJD2’s “June,” a series of mixtapes, Murderland with Surock, and more.
Copy is readying the release of his fourth full-length, Blood, Bath & Beyond. Four years in the making, the Columbus, Ohio emcee has developed a more in-depth approach to rhyming vs his punchline-heavy raps of the past. And today, the DopeHouse was given the green light to debut the official video for the first single, “OCD ADHD”—which finds Copy writing about how he, like so many other kids growing up in the States, have been told to take a pill and shut up.
“[OCD ADHD] is the most musical song I’ve ever produced,” Copy told 2DBZ via email. “I’m singing on it and layered vocals “Beach Boys” style, but I’m also rapping my ass off on it. There’s a sample in this but the bass and drums are live. Ben Schigel ( Spider Studios/Cleveland ) helped me out with a lot of that.”
Check out “OCD ADHD”—directed by TJ Boster & Joe Lewis of FlowLine Media—below and be sure to pre-order Blood, Bath & Beyond, Public School Records, before its July 9th release.