In 2001, the hungry entrepreneur earned a valuable internship at Steve Rifkind's New York based Loud Records. During this time Loud was the home to hip-hop giants like Wu-Tang Clan, Big Pun, Three 6 Mafia, Mobb Deep and Dead Prez. Booth soon found himself working in Loud's A&R department under Arelene Delvalle. Here is where the driven artist learned the ins and outs of the record business and built valuable relationships.
Not missing a beat, William Cooper teamed up with legendary rapper Tragedy Khadafi (Juice Crew, Capone-N-Noreaga)
Knowing that timing is everything, Booth did not hesitate to show that he was much more than a seasoned producer/A&R. He began showcasing his mc abilities which led to the formation of the super group "Black Market Militia". BMM is a five member group that consists of William Cooper, Tragedy Khadefi and Wu-Tang clan's own Maccabeez lyricists Killah Priest, Timbo King (Royal Fam) and Hell Razah (Sunz of Man).
The group went on to release two street mixtapes that were followed by their worldwide self titled debut LP "Black Market Militia on Nature Sounds records. The LP received praise from the hip-world and was considered the best independent release of 2005.
Presently, Cooper has been perfecting his solo début "Beware Of The Pale Horse" which has taken blood, sweat and more than 3 years to perfect, and it features his Black Market Militia comrades, 9th Prince (Killarmy), Nature (The Firm), Ill Bill, Wu-tang's vocalist Blue Raspberry and more, with the album dropping on the 20th of October, 2009, Wu-International caught up with the man to find out why he has taken him so long to release album, Black Market movement, conspiracy theories, Obama and music. Enjoy!
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