Unlike lightweight rappers “scared to face the reality of truth,” Guilty Simpson isn’t one to tiptoe around on the mic. “Truth Be Told” finds the Motor City rhymer bearing his soul over a slow-burning soul chop that is trademark Apollo Brown. Guilty’s usual ferocity is tempered by his introspection, reminiscing back to times when he was hustling and living fast but without direction. A sublime string loop gives Guilty’s monstrous mic presence center stage to tell his story, a specifically hood tale that is still widely relatable. Guilty punctuates his reflections with a worthwhile reminder: “You want change? It starts with you.”
Setting the tone for what you can expect on the full length, “Truth Be Told” hints at mature music, fundamentally sound hip-hop seasoned with substance and experience. With a monster behind the boards and a monster behind the mic, this is a Dice Game you don’t want to miss. November 13th, mark your calendars.