Guilty Simpson

There's more to Detroit's Guilty Simpson than a hilarious moniker (modified from the original "Guilt," and using his real last name) or an association with two of rap's great producers, Madlib and the late J Dilla. Guilty's 2006 song "Clap Your Hands" showed what Dilla saw in him: a tough, sonorous voice blunt and clipped enough to rival any beat thrown at him, with an unvarnished poetic streak in lines such as "it's a fact, when you're black, that you don't know how to act when your belly button's touching your back." Last year's O.J. Simpson (the initials referring to Madlib's name, Otis Jackson) was hood rap at its most iconoclastic, while a collaboration with Black Milk and Sean Price is forthcoming. With Muja Messiah & DJ Turtleneck, Mally, and So Gold. 18+. (Photo by Jeremy Deputat)
Sat., May 7, 8 p.m., 2011

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