Guilty Simpson’s Guide to the Best Underground Rappers in Detroit Right Now

Guilty Simpson photo by Jeremy Deputat

“We put the world on wheels, the Motor city, baby! The big 3,” goes a line on Dice Game, Guilty Simpson’s new collaborative album with Detroit producer Apollo Brown. The beats carry Brown’s signature sound: pounding drums, obscure vocal samples and scratchy soul loops. Over them, Guilty raps about his weed addiction, brags about his individual talent, and naturally, trumpets his home state. Hive recently asked Guilty about Detroit’s underground rap scene and he picked the city’s top five underground rappers for us.

1. Quelle Chris

He’s part of a rap/production team called Crown Nation with Denmark Vessey. Me and Quelle actually have a record together on DJ House Shoes’ album, Let it Go — a song called “Nails.” I think Quelle is making the most noise, but that’s not to take anything away from the others. When people ask who’s poppin’, his name is really buzzin’.

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