Young Wise left Columbus for several years to promote his music across the country, but now he's back in Columbus - with perhaps the busiest schedule of any rapper in the city.

Young Wise left Columbus for several years to promote his music across the country, but now he's back in Columbus - with perhaps the busiest schedule of any rapper in the city.

From headquarters on the North Side, the witty, confident rapper born Robert Ryles is booking shows, producing tracks, promoting his Wizzle Worx clothing company, fronting local outfit Take Over Gang and lending his skills to colleagues around town.

"If there's a good rap CD out in Columbus, I probably had something to do with it - whether I rapped on it, designed the clothes or sang a hook," Wise said.

His own releases set him apart, though.

Since fall 2006, Wise's trademark project has been The Cocky Mixtape series. It's a stunning blend of Lil Wayne's verbal mania and T.I.'s dapper swagger that lets him flex his lyrical muscle over a range of original and familiar beats. The video for "Ryder," tracked on volume four, recently aired on MTV2.

"Every time I do a new one, I try to find a new way to compete," Wise said with a laugh. "I'll drop off CDs at the liquor store on Friday, because I know people go to the liquor store on Friday. I'll drop CDs off at the library."

Wise plans to hand out the fifth installment, subtitled "I Rap Better Than You," at the Bands to Watch show on Saturday.

To take things to the next level in 2008, the ambitious emcee emphatically describes a nine-point artistic and promotional plan that he's undertaking with the help of Multiman Music Group, the New York imprint that signed him officially in May. The lynchpin is Selfish, a studio album due this summer; new mixtapes and tracks with numerous Columbus artists are set to follow.

"I try to fit as much as I can on my mixtapes, and with an album, I try to give you more of me - not just my ego," Wise said. "My family all does gospel music - uncles, nieces, nephews, my grandfather. I wouldn't choose anything other than rapping. I love it. I breathe it."