Once again, another across-the-world collaboration from Coptic Sounds – U.S.A, is ready to hit the worldwide market. The record is set for a 28th July release, as one of D-Blacks two American collaborations. Also to appear on Coptic’s Album - ‘Close To My Roots’.
Coptic is a producer extraordinaire who has been into music production for almost 20 years in the USA and is well known across Africa for his works. He is one of the few African producers who are making it on a big scale outside the continent. He has produced records for the likes of P. Diddy, The Notorious B.I.G, Jermaine Dupri and many others.
D-Black is a young Ghanaian rapper who chooses to serve his lines in American English mixed with a bit of local Ghanaian Language lines to spice them up. He has been on the scene for just three years and already has his name stamped all over Africa and has gained massive international recognition after making the cut to a BET International Act – Africa in 2011.
Salah Edin is a Dutch rapper who was raised in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands. He lived in Morocco for about 2 years. After a brief career in English, Salah began recording in Darija Arabic. Most of Salah Edin’s music since 1998 has been produced by Mohalim, who is responsible for the distinct Salah Edin sound, embedding the Arabic sound in hiphop.
Rell is is an American R&B singer. He was the first male R&B singer signed to Roc-A-Fella Records, where he recorded with artists such as Kanye West, Jay-Z, Consequence, and Young Gunz.
Sheek Louch, is an African American rapper and member of The LOX (aka D-Block), along with Styles P and Jadakiss. He was also featured on an episode of World’s Wildest Police Videos, which demonstrated his notorious past.
He has worked somewhat prolifically with Ghostface Killah. They are currently working together along with other members of Wu-Tang Clan and D-Block on the Wu-Block LP, after drawing inspiration from one another while touring and recording.
In a lead-up to the release of ‘Joy and Pain’, D-Black, Coptic and Sheek Louch tell us how the collaboration came about and what is next after the song is released.
1. When did Coptic Sounds begin?
It began when I was born, but the music work began when I heard my first hip hop record “I Know You Got Soul” by Eric B. & Rakim in 1987. I had just arrived from GH and had no idea what Hip Hop was, but after hearing that record I was hooked forever.
2. What is the story behind the name ‘Coptic’?
I got that name from a Jamaican friend of mine in Brooklyn, New York. I had just started learning music production and was not sure which handle to use, he recommended that name and then insisted I use it. He was so convinced that it was the right name for me, he eventually convinced me also.
3. Is this your first collaboration as a producer featuring other artistes?
No, I have produced many records featuring other artists. I have done records featuring artists like Usher, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris and many others.
This record happens to be a collabo that features a US and GH & Moroccan artists. Its on D-Blacks “Revelation” album and my personal compilation album “Close To My Roots”
“Close To My Roots” contains songs featuring artists from all over Africa and the U.S.
4. Do you already have an album or this is the lead-up to your maiden one?
This is my maiden compilation album, its 99% done already. It will be release Christmas 2012
5. What brought about your collaboration with Sheek Louch, Rell, Salah Edin & D-Black ?
I was making the record and it seemed perfect for them.
6. What is in the near future for ‘Coptic’?
I am currently working on a distribution/promotional deal in GH to open my record label there (The Black Star Line).
Our goal is to help talented GH artists get to the next level, whether is getting to the U.S. – Europe with their music or just getting them better production and sound quality.
We also want to change the culture of the music business in GH and we feel that this is the best way to do it. Most GH Artists need to be properly educated about the music business and provided the necessary tools to succeed artistically and financially.
I am also working on “The Fantastic 4″ album which features mostly Me, D-Black, Kwaw Kesse & Edem.
We will be dropping the “Close To My Roots” and “The Fantastic 4″ right Christmas 2012.
1.Tell us about ‘D-BLACK da Ghana Bwuoy
I’m a young Ghanaian rap artist and entertainment industry executive. I love and make music for the people.
2. How endowed are you in the Hip-Hop game….
I’ve been rapping as a hobby since I was 16 years old, when I was first introduced to Hip Hop. However professionally it’s been 3 years since my first commercial release.
3.What inspired your collaboration with Coptic, Sheek Louch and Salah Edin…..
Coptic is a friend, a big brother and an inspiration. We’ve known each other for quite a long time. We’ve recorded a lot of songs together so this is one of the songs we recorded but this time it felt special because Coptic made sure we had Sheek louch from the LOX, Rell as well as Salah Edin from Morocco on it. We took it from there and rocked it.
4.You’ve been a number of stages to perform. When next will you be on a stage to perform…
There are quite a few stages i’m slated to perform at however the most looked forward to is in USA next month. I’m on a 10 city tour with TM Entertainmentz with other Ghanaian artists.
5.Is anything new coming up from your camp…….
A lot fam… Well first a new artiste signed onto Black Avenue Muzik is about to be outdoored. She is ‘DEIN’. A singer/rapper. She’s incredible. Also the youngest member of Black Avenue Muzik now, Young Dapper, he’s 14 years has his first official Music Video dropping on the 7th of July titled ‘MOVE THIS’ featuring myself.
The Black Avenue Clothing ‘I Rep Series’ drops with my album ‘The Revelation’ in September. Then our TV show ‘EFGH – Entertainers From Ghana’ which will be shown across Africa also premieres pretty soon.
A lot of Super Music Videos off ‘The Revelation’ Album will be dropping soon. Be on the look out for my international singles ‘JOY & PAIN’ by D-Black featuring Sheek Louch, Rell and Salah Edin (produced by Coptic) as well as ‘DROP DAT’ with Wale, DJ Webstar & Gudda Gudda.
1. Who is the man behind ‘SHEEK’?
The man behind Sheek the artist is a stand up guy…who never kissed anybody’s ass..10 year in the game and still strong..
2. How much do you know about African Hip Hop?
Well everybody that I’ve met in person or online..that’s from Africa..tell me how much they love my music from way back to now…so I know that rap is strong over there..
3. How did this collaboration with Coptic, Rell, Salah Edin from Morocco and D-Black from Ghana come about?
Coptic is a friend of the fam and he thought about me when he made that joint…and now we got some FIRE..! Thanks fam.
4. Should your fans in Ghana expect to see you on stage soon?
I would get on a plane RITE NOW…if I had a chance to come hang out with guys…!!!! Lol
5. What is up next for you and The Lox?
Lox are doing great, should have the Lox deal done soon and expect my new album called Wu/Block with Ghost Face Killah Soon!!