If you’ve been following JOVM over the past couple of years, you may know that Detroit‘s Guilty Simpson is not only one of my favorite emcees, but I think he’s arguably one of contemporary hip-hop’s shamefully unheralded, under-appreciated artists as he’s worked with the legendary and beloved J. Dilla and Madlib.
2013’s Highway Robbery, a collaborative effort featuring the production work of Philadelphia‘s Small Professor was one of the best albums of any genre that year as the material told tales of the hellish world of desperate men forced to do desperate things to survive in a dystopian inner city. Since the release of Highway Robbery, Simpson had been working with Quakers‘ co-founder and producer, Katalyst on the material that wound up comprising his third full-length effort with Stones Throw Records‘ Detroit’s Son, which is slated for a September 11 release.
“Fractured,” the first single off Detroit’s Son features Guilty Simpson’s rugged baritone vocals rhyming over a menacing and choppy guitar and synth-based sample, bolstered by boom bap drums that references Run DMC‘s “Down with the King,” and others — all while reppin’ Detroit incredibly hard. Much like “Animal,” the latest single possesses a purposeful and forceful stomp.