As a Detroit Hip-Hop fan ‘Guilty Simpson’ new EP really did satisfy my want for a new Detroit project. From the days of ‘Slum Village’, ‘Phat Kat’ and ‘Esham’ when Detroit was dropping that funky Hip-Hop which is kinda like the Mo-Town of Rap and I’m all about flava on top of flava like a raver quaver. ‘Guilty Simpson’ has been around longer than you may think! Starting off in the Detroit supergroup ‘Almighty Dreadnoughtz’ and he really is like fine wine and age in music is no barrier at all. Yes this project is short but it is an EP. It’s full of glorious instruments with added FX to really give it a distinct but natural sound from it’s tight drums, violins, cello, live keys, brass and stellar production ‘Guilty Simpson’ does what he does best, that’s give us that Detroit reality rap and slaying tracks with a double edged lyrical Great Sword and being known for his smooth rugged flow he doesn’t switch that up which is a good thing (if it isn’t broke don’t fix it).
‘Looking for More’ is a beautiful start to ‘Guilty’ with its percussion layered snares and a Vibrato/Tremolo effect it’s amazingly smooth. ‘Make it Count’ has crazy good drums that are tight and dusty with some live keys and strings for added emotion with great cuts from ‘DJ Ragz’ plus a fire verse from ‘Jason Rose’. ‘Off Herb’ features two underrated artists ‘Bronze Nazareth’ and ‘Oh No’ who ride this sick bass track like a night train. ‘Linch Pins’ is so beautiful! From the intro which switches up for the drop then cello strings and drums are heavy here and the feat. Here is the legendary ‘Prince Po’ and more cuts from ‘DJ Ragz’.
‘Go Where I Please’ is that hard hitting raw ish track that every Hip-Hop project needs and ‘Guilty Simpson’ seriously goes in hard to match “who you tattle on, babylon, you jumping over that same fence you straddled on, spray areas of shady characters, so the family is taking care of ya huh, I hold the peace like I never break a marriage up, citizen, African American, well aware, hell is near, I see the devil and the devil’s here, and I can tell he’s scared, gripped up, get him nipped tucked, when we hit’ em up with the big stuff what, watch him plummet with half a stomach, when I hit him with half a dozen from half a hunid” seriously one of the best verses this year for real.
Verdict: 10/10 Guilty is going to be one of the best Ep’s of 2022 without a doubt. Great lyrics, dope production, fire cuts and killer features is all you need to make a great project.