RIYL: Danny Brown, Ho99o9, Death Grips, Godflesh, Skepta, P.O.S., Dälek, Sleigh Bells and Run the Jewels
Guerrilla Ghost is the brainchild of two like minded individuals. Martin Defatte and Chuck Jones come from similar backgrounds, creating noisy and aggressive sounds in Volunteer, Tron Jovi, The Beholder and Importer/Exporter. After meeting through a mutual friend, Defatte and Jones bonded over their love of hip hop. It wasn’t long before the two decided to work together on a new project.
This is not an example of novices starting from scratch, though. Defatte has been composing tracks under his Guerrilla Beats moniker for the better part of ten years, while Jones has released a handful of releases as Bad Graphics Ghost. The result of this collaboration is something very, very aggressive.
Defatte‘s production is distinctly modern, but with an razor sharp edge that nods to the early days of gangsta rap. There’s a dissonance to his tracks that clearly draws on his background in Volunteer, as well as a strong forceful low end that could only come from a member of a rhythm section.
Jones‘ flow is much of an exercise in syllabic acrobatics as it is outright snotty. Sounding like Danny Brown doing his best Ad Rock impersonation, Jones is not afraid to match Defatte‘s aggression when necessary. This aggression, of course, is not misguided. Guerrilla Ghost‘s first single, the boldly titled “Make AmeriKKKa Great Again”, is a piss and vinegar powered middle finger pointed boldly at its enemy-President Donald Trump.
Their debut single, “Make AmeriKKKa Great Again” is Guerrilla Ghost coming out the gates guns blazing. Defatte‘s production recalls early Godflesh, with its buzzing guitars and crisp drum programming, while Jones gives the listener a performance that very much highlights his background as a metal vocalist. “I’ve been waiting for a revolution all of my life!” he screams through a cloud of distortion. This isn’t simply a melding of genres; this hip hop filtered through the anger and aggression of punk and metal. The result is something propulsive and forceful that demands the listener’s attention.
Their six-song debut EP entitled “Suicide Notes of the 21st Century”, is a a nod to the noisy and aggressive side of hip hop, showing influences of grime, dubstep and UK garage. Keep your eyes and ears open; Guerrilla Ghost has arrived.
GGHOST’s live debut makes Milwaukee Record’s “Favorites Moments of Arte Para Todos 2017”
“The “Undeserving Of A Proper Title” video had us excited to catch the live performance by hip-hop hybrid duo Guerrilla Ghost at Cactus Club. It did not disappoint. The group’s stage presence is enormous and their industrial-tinged beats and socially conscious lyrics are certainly winning over the now-sweaty Cactus crowd.”– [JH] MilwaukeeRecord.com
#GGHOST in the news
- “Guerilla(sic) Ghost Go For the Jugular” by Steve Lampris Shepherd Express
- “Meet Guerrilla Ghost in the “Undeserving Of A Proper Title” music video” by Tyler Maas, Milwaukee Record
- “After Eminem’s Trump-trashing freestyle, hip-hop becomes leading source of protest music” by Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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Guerrilla Ghost is:
- C. Jones - Vocals
- M. Defatte - Production