Listeners might know of Guilty Simpson from his upcoming release with super group Random Axe, but he was making music with J. Dilla long before the project. The Detroit, Michigan native recalled how the late musician would get busy in the studio and introduced him to Random Axe partner-in-rhyme Black Milk.
"He was just the best, the best motherfucker I’ve ever been around. He’s very technical, still in love with the studio, still in love with the process of creating. It was amazing," Simpson told HHLO.net. "He was Dilla, he already had his name and people, on a whole broad scale of the industry, recognized what he had to share. People knew about what he was doing.
While some have claimed that Black Milk's production style is too similar to that of Dilla, Simpson explained that Dilla was the one who introduced him to Milk, deading any notion that he was suspicious of Milk's artistry.
"I wouldn’t even know Black Milk without Dilla. Dilla told me about Black Milk and B.I. runners over at Barak [Records], and that was how we initially met," he continued. "I doubt very seriously that he would refer me to a clone."
Simpson's latest project with Sean Price and Black Milk, Random Axe's eponymous debut, releases June 14th.