Copywrite (also known as Copywrite 78 and born as Peter William Nelson) is an underground hip-hop artist from Columbus, Ohio. A member of the Columbus crew MHz (or MegaHertz), Nelson emerged from the underground scene in 1998 along with his group "MHz" with a debut single on Fondle 'em Records,entitled "World Premier" b/w a solo song by the late Tero Alexander Smith, better known to the rap world as "Camu Tao" entitled "Camu" own by Bobbito Garcia & later went solo due to DJ Mighty Mi not wanting to sign his group, "MHz". In 2000 he released "Holier Than Thou" with producer RJD2 on Eastern Conference/Rawkus Records.
His debut album The High Exhaulted was released on the Eastern Conference label to some praise, although some felt that RJD2's beats were too dark for Copywrite's persona. His second release, Cruise Control Mixtape: Volume 1, was released on the O.D.O.T. record label in 2004, rerelased on Nature Sounds in 2005 and featured production from Jake One, J-Zone, & the late, great Jay Dilla. Copywrite co-founded the Weathermen, but left after personal disagreements with Cage.
Also in 2005 Copywrite had his tough guy image tarnished by photographs which appeared on the internet of two separate non-related scuffles. One with former fellow MHz Camu Tao and another with Philadelphia rapper iCON the Mic King. Copywrite was the apparent loser in both candid photo reports.
In 2007 Copywrite appeared on the debut album by R.O.N.O. and on the UK rap group Rhyme Asylum's debut album. His 2007 mixtape The Jerk: Volume 0 features guest appearances from Royce da 5'9", Crooked I, Killah Priest, Thirstin Howl III, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Jakki Da Motamouth, Catalyst, King.Dom, and Meta4ce Omega. It also features production from the late J Dilla, Jake One, Rocktight, the late DJ Przm, DR Period, platinum producers Cool & Dre, D-Dot, Needlz, Kickdrums, Chris Scholar, Jay Notes, Mighty Fuzz Young, and more.
Copywrite recently released his EP Ultrasound: The Rebirth EP and is currently working and releasing his second official album, The Life and Times of Peter Nelson, which was scheduled for a 2010 release on Man Bites Dog Records/O.D.O.T. Records. The album features collaborations with Sean Price, Royce da 5'9", Copywrite's O-Dot crew (Jakki Da Motamouth, Catalyst, King.Dom, Tage, and Meta4ce Omega), and more. Production will come from RJD2, Illmind, Marco Polo, Kount Fif, Jay Notes, Surock and more.
Copywrite is also the grandson of the late singer Skip Nelson (born as Scipione Mirabella) who most notably sang & played piano/guitar for the Glenn Miller Band in the 1940s.
He has recently come out with two disses to Asher Roth called "The Real Fake Shady (Asher To Ashes)" and, after response track "Silly Boy" from Asher , "Cremation" Produced by DC's Official Beatsmith Surock. It explains how he feels about this "copycat Eminem."
* The High Exhaulted (2002) Re-Release (June 1th 2010)
* Ultrasound: The Rebirth EP (Jan 2010)
* The Life And Times Of Peter Nelson (Oct 2010)
* Cruise Control Mixtape: Volume 1 (2004) Nature Sounds
* The Jerk: Volume 0 (2007)
* The Worst Of The Best Of Copywrite: Mixtape Vol. 1 (2007)
* The Rarities (2009)
* EV Money:The ODOT Takeover in MHz
* Table Scraps Re-Release (2009)
* The Conspiracy
* RJD2 Deadringer LP