Guilty Simpson OJ Simpson on 2LP
Producer Madlib (Otis Jackson) + MC Guilty Simpson = OJ Simpson. That's the name of this 2010 album. These are some 12 hard-hitting, straight-from-the-gutter hip-hop tracks featuring Guilty's inimitable baritone, and an equal number of Madlib's signature album-as-soundtrack/radio/sideshow arrangements, where the beat and sequence is as important as the rap. This, with a couple no-nonsense guest appearances, some cuts by J. Rocc, and a whole bunch of attitude, makes up one of Stones Throw's favorite projects.
The charisma that Detroit's heavy hitting MC Guilty Simpson and the Los Angeles based Beat Konducta Madlib share testifies to a musical kinship that is rare in today's rapper-as-an-accessory marketplace. Going back to Guilty's first appearance on wax (Jaylib's "Strapped" – 2003), Guilty over a Madlib beat is like hearing Guru over Premier circa Daily Operation, or CL over Pete around the time of "Straighten It Out." Some times, a rapper and a producer just work well together and OJ Simpson is a testament to that and then some!