Sounds of Detroit: Phat Kat + Guilty Simpson
This weekend, Australia is being invaded by two of Detroit’s ruffest MCs this weekend: Phat Kat & Guilty Simpson. Cold Crush has word that the boys have just landed in Melbourne and are ready to tear shit the fuck up! Both of these cats are doing big things at the moment but this show is going to be a special treat for the legion of fans of another Detroit legend, J Dilla, as both Guilty and Phat Kat were homies and heavy collaborators with the late beatmaker. Cold Crush will be tearing up the decks on support duties for the Sydney show, along with a live beats set from Sydney MPC killer Dizz1, and a special DJ set from members of Sydney band Seekae. Tone is gonna have the roof torn off once again baby!
Guilty Simpson was born in Detroit, the son and grandson of the family’s performing musicians in his father and grandfather. At age four, Simpson and his mother began traveling with an aunt in the military, living in California and Birmingham, Alabama, before settling back in the Motor City at 15. Big Daddy Kane, N.W.A, and Scarface were all major influences, but it was Queens-bred street bard Kool G Rap who made the biggest impression. “That’s my crème de la crème rapper right there,” says Simpson, his own presence among the latest in a rich lineage of heavy-handed MCs.
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 – and appearances on both Chrome Children installments and subsequent tour. 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.
Phat Kat (a.k.a. Ronnie Cash) is from the east side of Detroit, Michigan. His career began in the mid 90′s as part of 1st Down, which consisted of Phat Kat on vocals and Jay Dee on production. His first full-length album, The Undeniable LP was released on June 22, 2004, on Barak Records. It featured appearances from Slum Village, Dwele, Big Tone of 87 Wasted Youth, and Obie Trice. Phat Kat released a 12-inch single in late 2006 for the song Cold Steel produced by J Dilla, he then followed it with his latest LP, Carte Blanche, on April 24, 2007 on Look Records. The album has proved to be Kat’s most universally acknowledged effort yet. With that being said his new album Katakombz is set to be released in 2011 and we could very be treated to a pre-release exclusive show in Australia.
Guilty Simpson – Clap Your Hands
The featured track is from the Chrome Children compilation from Stones Throw & Adult Swim. Compiled by Stones Throw label boss Peanut Butter Wolf, the album also has tracks from Oh No (who will be rocking a show at Cold Crush in February!), Madvillain, MED, Percee P and Aloe Black amongst others. Clap Your Hands is straight fire — Guilty Simpson slaying a burner J Dilla beat with hardcore rhymes. Check out Chrome Children at the Stones Throw onlinestore.
Sounds Of Detroit: Phat Kat + Guilty Simpson tour trailer
Phat Kat & Guilty Simpson Australian tour dates
Melbourne: Friday Jan 21
Phat Kat & Guilty Simpson, M-Phazes, David Dallas (NZ), AOI & Aux1
The Hi Fi, 125 Swanston St Melbourne
Brisbane: Sunday Jan 23
Phat Kat & Guilty Simpson + guests
XYZ Bar, 648 Ann St Fortitude Valley
Adelaide: Tuesday Jan 25
Phat Kat & Guilty Simpson + Guests
Rocket Bar, 142 Hindley St Adelaide