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TWITTER-VIEW: Copywrite, The Underground Legend, Friend of Camu Tao, and The Man Who Saves the King.




Copywrite started out in 1998, and quickly rose up through the ranks of the underground scene. He carved out a path working with both the late Camu Tao, and the King of Donuts, the late J. Dilla. He’s worked with everyone from Jake One, to Royce da 5’9″, to Killah Priest, and RJD2. There’s nothing that this man can’t flow over, and he’s not stopping anytime soon. His newest album God Save the King is out in stores now, and you should definitely take a listen. The Poetry Question had the spontaneous opportunity for this Twitter-View, and we couldn’t be more pleased to have been able to speak with Copywrite. 



@COPYWRITE How about 10 questions on twitter, and we’ll call it a “twitter-view”?


@poetryquestion: @COPYWRITE How about 10 questions on twitter, and we’ll call it a “twitter-view”?” Sounds religious. Lets go

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@COPYWRITE You came on the scene in 1998. Have the changes in the rap world since then forced you to change up your style? If so, how?


@poetryquestion hell no! I change styles daily. I have styles this world isn’t ready for yet.

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@COPYWRITE In 140 characters, describe what it was like to work with Camu Tao?


@poetryquestion spontaneous.We both could draw since a young age & both have synesthesia. We just had fun & wanted to both be pharoahe Monch

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@COPYWRITE What is your writing process?


@poetryquestion it changes every time I write. My style is water. I change forms & adapt easily.

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@COPYWRITE You are one of the few who got to work with J. Dilla. How amazing was that experience? How was that for a studio session?


@poetryquestion j dilla wasn’t in the room when I recorded but w beats like his, he didnt need to be. Rip j dilla

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@COPYWRITE Your grandfather played in Glenn Miller’s band. How influential was he on your choice of music as a career?


@poetryquestion I had no idea who he was until maybe 8 years ago. Never met the man but he can sing his ass off! RIP SKIP NELSON

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@COPYWRITE You released God Save The King in 2012 – a great disc. What’s your favorite track, and how do you feel it was received?


@poetryquestion my favorite was workahol, swag got killaz, got to make it, talk w Jesus & synesthesia…eff it, the whole album goes!!

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@COPYWRITE Do you feel that rap is the new form of poetry? If so, how? If not, is it poetry at all?


@poetryquestion rap & poetry are similar but once ur constrained by that beat, it limits things poetry can accomplish a Capella

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@COPYWRITE Since we are The Poetry Question, we have to ask: What is Poetry?


@poetryquestion: Whatever the listener or writer wants it 2 b

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@COPYWRITE Who is your favorite lyricist? Why?


@poetryquestion Between rakim/biggie/eminem. They paint a vivid pic w words we hear everyday

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@COPYWRITE That’s a huge triad of rappers. Nice choices. Rakim and Eminem together these days would KILL. Wow.

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@COPYWRITE And finally, if you could have a drink with one emcee, musician, or author, who would it be, why, and what woudl you drink?


@poetryquestion Brian Wilson, john lennon or my grandpa (Skip Nelson)

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@COPYWRITE Brian Wilson is the odd one out. Wasn’t expecting that. Absolute genius though.


@poetryquestion Wilson is my all time fav

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@COPYWRITE Then we need you rapping over some Beach Boys music. Copywrite Meets Pet Sounds!


@poetryquestion check #ccpaps for a hint of that. Gotta go fam! Thanks for taking the time the interview me

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@COPYWRITE Thanks for hanging out with The Poetry Question! Have a great night.


About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

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