Uncompromising Rhymes, Hard-hitting Beats
This is the Detroit MC on his best form, rapping over beats perfectly tailored to his rough baritone. Listen to the single "Fractured"
Guilty Simpson has always been skillful at combining hardcore rap with thought-provoking observations about the world around him, and it’s this talent that comes to the fore on Detroit’s Son. This LP distils the essence of what made Ode To The Ghetto an underground classic. With the subject of life in the Motor City placed front and center, Guilty’s rhymes fit seamlessly with producer Katalyst’s beats.
“The kaleidoscopic sound feels influenced by the likes of George Clinton and Sun Ra. For Detroit's Son, Katalyst applies a dark sheen that reflects Guilty's home city's gritty reputation.” - Pitchfork
The raps are every bit as gritty as on Ode or OJ, but there’s also a little light relief on tracks such as “Smoking,” probably about as close as Guilty will get to a summer anthem.
“Though he has not achieved multi-platinum success…
he's also regarded as one of Motown's finest no-nonsense street poets.” - NPR
Guilty Simpson, Detroit’s Son
The Story of Guilty and the Motor City
Guilty’s testosterone-charged, inner city themes possess of a sense of humor at times so side-splitting, it only proves how serious he really is. This rapper was raised on the field of battle and he has more to say than just how fresh he is and how fresh “they” are not. As a matter of fact, he’s found that he’s here to remind the hip-hop world – currently captivated with that manufactured freshness – that life in the ghetto is real. The evidence shows excessive use of double entendres, too much flavor on public grounds, microphone assault, and verbal harassment of an officer of the law. On the counts of freshness AND realness: The Court of Hip-Hop finds Mr. Simpson to be Guilty.
For years Guilty Simpson has been a rock on the Detroit hip-hop circuit alongside those such as J Dilla, Slum Village, Eminem (whom Guilty still calls “Marshall”) & D12, Obie Trice, Proof, Phat Kat and Black Milk. A member of the Almighty Dreadnaughtz crew, Guilty emerged as a sound to be reckoned with after linking with producer Dilla in 2001. In the midst of recording an album’s worth of material on the MC – including the recently released duet “Take Notice” off of Dilla’s heralded Ruff Draft album – Dilla gave Simpson his first appearance on disc with “Strapped” (from 2003’s Jaylib album).
2006 marked his allegiance with Stones Throw Records – at Dilla’s behest – where he has released Ode to the Ghetto, OJ Simpson, and Detroit's Son.
- Blunts in the Air (ft. Cysion)
- The D
- Detroit’s Son
- Fractured (ft. Fat Ray)
- Radiation Burn
- Smoking (ft. Spacek)
- Rhyme 101
- The Music
- Beautiful Death
- Blue Collar (ft. Elzhi)
- The Time is Now
- Dirty Glove (ft. Phat Kat)
- Say What?
- Power Outage (ft. Spacek)
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Stones Throw Records
One of the leading names in underground hip-hop with a global cult following. Based in LA, founded in 1996, and consistently releasing critically acclaimed albums.
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Double Gatefold LP
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