Wes Lee the Wordsmith releases new album Cope Deluxe
Rapper Wes Lee the Wordsmith has been dubbed “the poet who brings the raw soul back to hip-hop,” thanks to clever, thoughtful lyrics and a heartwarming flow of lyrics. Lee’s new album, “COPE Deluxe,” which was released on November 1, is a heartwarming and heartwarming response to the myriad mental, emotional and physical traumas he has overcome in his life.
“I ended up getting into poetry to help mourn my losses,” Lee said.
At a very young age, Lee faced more family deaths than any child should ever have to face head on. At the age of four, Lee experienced his first open-casket funeral when his godmother was lost to violence. Then her favorite aunt (the one who gave her her first Gameboy) died of cancer. Her mother lost her twin siblings to a miscarriage. Then, at the age of nine, he witnessed the birth of his sister.
“I saw her come out of the womb,” recalls Lee. “I changed her diapers, fed her and took care of her, and was pretty much her keeper. She eventually died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
“I had a lot of trouble dealing with it. I started having difficulty in school because of this. I started to struggle socially because of it. I couldn’t stop crying or being angry. My faith has been tested as much as my belief in God. Imagine having this mindset at such a young age. It’s a lot to deal with.
Lee discovered poetry as a honors student in college, learning about Romantic and Gothic poets like Edgar Allen Poe. Through his class homework, Lee realized he had a natural talent for poetry and began to keep a personal notebook. One day Lee read one of his reading responses to his classmates which left them in awe.
“This feeling is a feeling I’ll never forget,” Lee said. “That’s when I realized this was what I had to do. Speak in front of people and be the voice of those who find it difficult to stand up for themselves, or to express their feelings about things, and to teach people how to improve themselves in this area.
Lee continued to write poetry when he attended Savannah State University to study computer engineering. Lee was freestyle with his friends and they encouraged him to write his lyrics, but he still hadn’t considered taking rap seriously.
“Freestyle was more fun, poetry was more passion.”
While attending SSU, Lee met John Lattimore, the founder of the famous writing group WORD INC. (Way of Real Discovery), which convinced him to attend open mics. Lee eventually joined WORD and quickly became president of the organization.
“From that point on, he continued to fan my flames and push me up,” Lee said. “Now I realized that people recognized the talent that I had cultivated for so long, but not only did I realize that I had the platform, the opportunity and the gift to teach others. how to elevate their art as well. “
In 2016, while still in college, Lee suffered yet another trauma when he was nearly killed in a workplace accident. Lee was in a coma for five days with a punctured lung and level 4 lacerations to his liver and kidneys. He spent three weeks in the hospital and an additional eight weeks on bed rest.
“Life went by so fast and I didn’t know if I was going to live or die,” Lee said. “I wasn’t sure I wanted to live because it was a depressing space to exist in. This is one of the things that I also face. This is one of the things my music is dedicated to. You know the saying that God fights his battles with his strongest soldiers. It touches me closer to home because I know a lot of people who wouldn’t have walked away from it, who wouldn’t have come back to where I was, and who also graduated from college on time after graduating. missed eleven weeks. from school.”
After graduating from SSU, Lee balanced his job with learning to produce music. He released his debut album, “Diary of a Potted Plant”, and an EP, “COPE”, on Soundcloud before forming his own music production company, Bonzeye Productions.
“COPE Deluxe” is Bonzeye’s first major album.
“This is the culmination of what I like to call my ‘therapy sessions’, bundled into one deliverable,” Lee explained. “Each song is a snow globe that captures a moment in time and what I felt at that moment. Every time you shake it it reminds you of the life I was leading, or the state I was mentally and emotionally in that time … I have so much to do that sometimes I just don’t take enough time to express myself or feel emotions that are essential to stay rooted in the human experience.
“That’s it for me. These are my scheduled therapy sessions. It’s not with a therapist, it’s just me with a microphone, good vibes and me struggling with whatever challenges I face. It’s efficient management in that when I’m done with that track I don’t even want to go back and touch it again because I don’t feel like that once I leave the cabin. I left my feelings there.
COPE Deluxe features fluid neo-soul beats and a production by fellow SSU alumnus DJ N-Harmonix aka Duke LaRon. It also features guests like ExRealities, another SSU graduate. ExRealities and DJ N-Harmonix both have their own releases on Bonzeye.
“We do everything in-house, from sound engineer to writing to executive production,” said Lee. “All of our resources come from our few guys that we have on board, all former SSUs.”
“This is the vision of the production company. Building a professional business oriented platform for the freelance artist. But, realistically, this is something I envisioned to be able to represent and support my friends professionally. We do these kinds of things. We grew up together making music and doing different things. As we continue to do this and start to age and get more resources in terms of monetary assets due to career development due to our teaching careers at Savannah State University, it is was like, “Okay we’ve been doing this for a long time and we can tell how good we are all day.
“Let’s make sure people recognize and respect how good we are. How do we do this? . “
COPE Deluxe isn’t just about voicing your problems through Lee. He hopes that his music will stand out from the “cookie-cutter expressions” found on the radio, and that listeners will regain the same balance and autonomy that he experienced in creating it.
“I hope these songs are so raw, so relevant, and an image of imperfection, which allows people to connect to them much more deeply than the music you hear in the mainstream,” said Lee. “It shows you that no matter what these people are like, what horizons they are going through right now, that they can relate to you, that everything will be fine, that we are all going through difficult times, but we have to find beauty in these difficult times to progress from them.
“COPE Deluxe” by Wes Lee the Wordsmith is available on streaming platforms and wesleethewordsmith.com.