The Leonard Simpson Duo's Third Single 'G U I L T Y' Premieres on Complex
With just a week to go until Detroit MC Guilty Simpson and New Zealand producer Leonard Charles) release their first album together as The Leonard Simpson Duo, L.S.D., the duo share the project's third single. 'G U I L T Y' brings some very personal insights on Byron Simpson, the man behind the legend GUILTY, against the backdrop of a laid back but keen instrumental.
'G U I L T Y' premiered overnight on Complex, with writer James Keith saying, "Jazzy, soulful and timeless, the album's latest extract, 'Guilty', is part motivational mantra, part chill-out soundtrack."
"This beat came together really fast, I knew what to do with the sonics straight off the bat." says Leonard Charles.
"This is the closest a beat gets on the whole album to referencing some of my producer influences, the heads will know. I had Andy Morton a.k.a Submariner mix this track as I knew he would know how to treat it coming from a similar school of Hip Hop."
Listen to 'My Inspiration' now on streaming services. The Leonard Simpson Duo’s debut record L.S.D is out digitally and on LP on 31 January 2020 via Jakarta Records and is available for pre-order now via Bandcamp.
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Active since the mid-90’s Guilty Simpson has become an institution and earned his spot in Detroit’s hip-hop legacy alongside friends, fellows and colleagues such as J Dilla, Slum Village, Eminem, D12, Danny Brown, Big Sean, Phat Kat or Black Milk and receives nothing but love and respect from the hardest street emcees as well as from acclaimed producers wherever he goes. Over the last decade Guilty continued the name he made for himself since his 2008 debut “Ode To The Ghetto” (produced by J Dilla, Madlib; Black Milk and others) and has delivered plenty of features, mixtapes and studio albums ever since.
Leonard Charles is the music producer moniker of Jeremy Toy. He attended the Red Bull Music Academy in South Africa in 2003 where he performed with Hugh Masekela and attended lectures with synth pioneer Bob Moog. He produced New Zealand Music Award winning albums by Opensouls and Hollie Smith and has played on recordings for Aaradhna, Teeks, David Dallas, Homebrew, Avantdale Bowling Club, Ladi6 and more. As a producer he has worked with Grandmaster Caz, Kimbra, Mara T.K., Georgia Anne Muldrow, Declaime, and mixed, arrangement and drum production on the Silver Scroll winning ‘Everything to Me’ by Lips. He also works as a composer for film, notably the hit comedy The Breaker Upperers.