Random Axe is the indie rap supergroup made up of Detroit’s Guilty Simpson, Black Milk, and Brooklyn’s own Sean Price (aka Ruck of Heltah Skeltah). The project has been a long time in the making since the group made its debut on “Run” from Guilty’s Ode To The Ghetto way back in 2008. Black Milk handles the entirety of the production, assisting on the mic for some hooks and the odd verse on the album.
This kind of music would have been on Columbia or Tommy Boy in 1995, but in 2011, meat and potatoes rap is a niche market. The content does not stray too far from murking wack rappers, smoking weed, and explaining the elaborate ways Guilty and Sean will kill you for the slightest slight, and God bless them for it.
Sean is at his comedic best with lines like “No love letter rhymes and raps about chicks, just a whole lotta druggin’ and thuggin’, that’s it!” Guilty plays a cooler, more collected contrast to Sean P’s knee-slapping outrageousness, but he’s not the soft one of the two by any means. Both MC’s have built a reputation for some of more vivid street narratives in the past few years, and they receive assistance from a few other MCs who specialize in that department. New Yorker Roc Marciano guests on a song, delivering some staccato braggadocio, and Danny Brown has a scene-stealing verse where his humor has him calling your girl a “ratatouille” and informing you she looks like an aardvark.
If you like your raps with menacing beats and minimal frills, do yourself a favor and check out Random Axe.