Joining forces once again with Sydney’s own Katalyst, Guilty Simpson spits raw and gritty lyricism on the latest album release Detroit’s Son. Guilty speaks truth and depth, honing in on the culture of Detroit and how the city has formed who he is. The vibe between Guilty and Katalyst is strong. Having worked together on various projects in the past, the two have developed a flowing connection and understanding that shines through on Detroit’s Son with an intrinsic merging of production and lyricism. Guilty Simpson and Katalyst will be hitting the stage at Plan B Small Club in Sydney on Friday February 5.
We chat to Guilty Simpson about what Detroit’s Son means to him, the change in mentality since the loss of the great Sean Price, and what we can expect from his Australian tour. Ayla Dhyani writes.
It’s been over a year since you were out in Oz, what can we expect from the shows in comparison to last time?
Pretty much just new music. I don't do too many theatrical performances so it’s pretty much going to be raw lyricism over hip-hop beats. No gimmicks!
Tell us what Detroit’s Son means to you.
It means everything to me. It's who I am and why people even know who I am. I credit Detroit for everything I do and say. It built my character and made me the person I am. Detroit’s Son is just an updated version on that.
What are your thoughts on the current hip hop scene in Detroit?
I think the talent is there. I just think that there needs to be better communication between the elders and the young artists. I think it's some very valuable information that we can share with the younger artist to make their path a lot easier. But they have to learn it goes both ways.
Stones Throw gives off such a family vibe as a label. How has the journey been for you?
It has been good. Peanut Butter Wolf went beyond what he had to do to help me, so I'm always thankful for that. He's a great person and gets nothing but respect from me. I refer to him because it's his label.
On a deeper note – since the loss of the great Sean Price last year, has your mentality as an emcee changed in any way?
Yes it's changed a lot. He was invincible to me so to see him pass helped me put things in perspective. Life is short. We have to make the most of it. Death is undefeated. No one can beat that. So, I'm going to make the most of my life.
What’s the biggest thing you’ve learnt over the years?
That a lot of times your friends want you to do good – just not better than them.
What are you most looking forward to about being back in Australia?
The shows. I'm well aware why I'm here. I'm definitely looking forward to the sun and the great weather out here, but ultimately the music is why I'm here. I'm looking forward to performing for the people.
What moves you?
Family moves me. I'm a big family man. And when I say family I don't necessarily mean blood relatives. I mean the people that you hold close and dear to you in your life. That's family.
Sat JAN 30 // CANBERRA - Transit Bar
Sun JAN 31 // MELBOURNE - Laundry Bar
Fri FEB 5 // SYDNEY - Plan B Small Club
Sat FEB 6 // PERTH - MOJOS
Tickets available through Moshtix.