Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, Copywrite (born Peter Nelson) is an emcee best known for his contributions as part of one of the city’s most influential groups, MHz Legacy. He additionally was a member of the now-defunct collective, The Weathermen—a New York-based group that was formed by fellow emcee Cage and included original members El-P, the late Camu Tao, Yak Ballz, Tame One, Breeze Brewin, Jakki tha Motamouth, and Vast Aire—with Aesop Rock later becoming an affiliate. Copywrite emerged to the forefront of the underground rap scene in 1997 with the release of MHz’s debut single, “World Premier,” through Fondle Em Records. In 2001, the group released a compilation album, Table Scraps, before entering a period of hiatus. In 2002, Copywrite released his debut solo album, The High Exhaulted, on underground hip-hop label, Eastern Conference, with the project boasting production from RJD2, Intalex, Mighty Mi, Camu Tao and Copywrite himself.
Eight years later, in 2010, he released his follow-up LP, The Life and Times of Peter Nelson. The following year, MHz ended its hiatus and changed its name to MHz Legacy, going on to release what would later become their lone-recorded contribution as a group. The group’s self-titled debut studio album was released in 2012 on Man Bites Dog Records, featuring guest appearances from Danny Brown, Ill Bill, Slaine, Blu, and Slug. That same year, Copywrite released his third solo album, God Save the King, with guest appearances from Mac Lethal, Roc Marciano and Torae. In 2014, after getting in a bit of legal trouble that doubled as a wake-up call, Copywrite linked with Surock for the collaborative LP, Murderland. Most recently, Copywrite released his fourth solo album, Blood, Bath & Beyond, a project that signifies how far he’s come as an emcee and overall human being, particularly after experiencing the loss of his parents and longtime collaborator Camu Tao, all while keeping an eye on better days to come.