Weird City Hip-Hop Live Shot: Guilty Simpson

Detroit MC calls it: “Weird City, first of many”

Following an excellent set by BoomBaptist (with special guest Keeper), Detroit rapper Guilty Simpson finished the night with a strong, no-frills performance. Guilty brings Detroit and its hip-hop history everywhere he rocks a mic. Friday night at Holy Mountain as a Weird City headliner, the veteran wordsmith dropped trademark ambassadorship.

Guilty Simpson (Photo by David Brendan Hall)

Guilty (Photo by David Brendan Hall)

The always-steady Simpson eased through his catalog, starting with cuts from 2008’s Ode to the Ghetto and the Apollo Brown-produced Dice Game (2012). He reciprocated audience energy on “Dear Jane,” giving considerably more gusto than provided by the album version over Brown’s dirty production.

Simpson came alive on tracks like the former disc’s title track, where he leaves trickery and flash to the production. That juxtaposes an easy, no-nonsense delivery. Simpson never pretended to be anyone he wasn’t, perpetually grounded and letting the crowd know it.

“I bring that real hip-hop shit,” he growled.

Most effective was his use of the crowd’s love, giving it back with verbal appreciation for Austin’s new festival and the city itself. Both evidenced genuine vigor. A hopeful Guilty, in his simplicity, gave the quote of the night: “Weird City, first of many.”

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