Review: God Save The King (Proper English Version) – Copywrite

God Save The King (Proper English Version) – Copywrite

We reviewed Copywrite’s God Save The King (Proper English Version).

We’ve seen a lot of hype surrounding UK artists in the US of late so it’s always refreshing to hear a US hip hop album featuring an all star cast of rappers from both sides of the Atlantic. Ohio’s own Copywrite doesn’t fail to disappoint with his fourth studio album God Save The King (Proper English Version), the title serving as an homage to his British counterparts and sending a message to listeners – this one will be regal.

If you were expecting a generic sounding mixtape-type affair suffering from a “too many cooks” complex, you’d be wrong. This one flows really smoothly, with all the MCs stepping their game up and producing jams after jams; rest assured there are no album fillers here. The album starts brilliantly with the summery/old school vibe of Year of The Gun featuring legends Killah Priest (who also features later on Arachnophobia) and Inspectah Deck. Crooked Coppers with Crooked I and Iron Braydz may well resonate with some British fans with regards to the police’s involvement in the London riots last year and they definitely go in. As the album continues, you definitely get a cohesive feel for the LP. It fits together and yet you can pick out favourite tracks for different reasons with little trouble. The lyricism and content is also varied; More Sorrow is very contemplative and quite religious with Copywrite’s final lines “Everybody’s an atheist until tragedy happens”, while Still Pickin exhibits words on money, Arachnaphobia featuring bars on spiders and the darker things in life and Golden State (Of Mind) a shoutout to California.

On a production tip as said before, this all meshes together despite the fact ten different producers have offered their musical expertise. But don’t be fooled by all the other artists on this album; Copywrite makes sure his voice is well and truly heard. He keeps it funny and serious in equal measure and should be a staple of any top hip hop albums list this year.