Record Label: (iN)Sect Records
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Guilty Simpson, Detroit MC and all-around Bad-Man on the MIC drops two unreleased tracks over underground producers from Detroit, California and Texas.
The A-side , "Close Curtains", is a crazy Bass-filled production by Mexicans With Guns real-life alter-ego Ernest Gonzales (Innovative Leisure) who hails from San Antonio with DJ NickNack (Crowd Control Records) on the cuts.
Side B starts off with "Unbelievable" , a banger with production from underground veteran Slautah (from Guilty’s crew Almighty Dreadnaughts out of Detroit), also featured is a Remix provided by brand new beatsmith, Boom Baptist, who hails from Austin, TX and recently played Low End Theory & Beat Cinema on his West Coast Tour. Think DIBIA$E or DEVONWHO.
The two additional remixes of "Close Curtains" are both digital only. They include that of duo KONE (who just dropped his LP, "New Los Angeles" on Alphapup) and Fat Albert Einstein. Both of whom can be found on any given Thursday night in L.A. with House Shoes spinning that real shit. Here they give up a soulful live take on the song with Al on Drums. The second comes from Austin’s soundfounder (iNSECT). He manages to rip an amazingly simple but crushing beat for his flip. With Cowbell and Vincent Price. He recently dropped his LP "Complete Dream Home" on the (iN).
This release is limited to 300 copies Worldwide on Red Vinyl, with Blue Labels and Yellow Cover.
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