Random Axe: 5 Things You Should Know About the Rap Supergroup
Random Axe, the hip-hop supergroup featuring Sean Price, Black Milk and Guilty Simpson, released their long-awaited self-titled debut album last Tuesday (June 14) on Duck Down Music. The 15-track album arrives after the trio first started mulling a collaborative effort in 2008, with Detroit native Black Milk handling the entirety of the album's production.
The Random Axe MCs are about to introduce themselves to new audiences with a string of live shows that kicked off last night (June 21) at New York's Highline Ballroom. Before that, Sean Price, Black Milk and Guilty Simpson shared five things that fans might not know about them and "Random Axe" with Billboard.com's The Juice. From their family lives to the future of the supergroup, check out what the MCs had to say:
1. Guilty Simpson doesn't like going out.
The Detroit rapper, who released his debut album in 2008 on Stones Throw Records, describes himself as a "homebody" and says that he doesn't mind avoiding the night life to stay indoors. "I'm not the type of person that wakes up every day and feels like I missed something," he says. "I'm a grown-ass man, and I definitely don't think anything is for me in these hot-ass streets."
2. Black Milk doesn't listen to much hip-hop.
"I'm a hip-hop artist, but I think rapping is lame," says the rapper/producer, whose latest solo album, "Album of the Year," was released last year. "The older you get, the more you just want to listen to classic music. You wanna hear some laid-back cool shit." Sean Price concurs, adding that he mostly listens to classic artists like Curtis Mayfield and Bill Withers.
3. Sean Price loves being a father.
With a 16-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter (whose name, it should be noted, is Shaun Price), Price calls himself "Ill Cosby" -- without all the "crazy sweaters," of course. "I just love watching her grow, the whole process," Price says of his daughter. "Across the board, parenting is great. She calms me down too; I'd probably be in jail catching a felony [without her]. She calms me down a whole lot."
4. Random Axe didn't want any big-name collaborators for their LP.
"Random Axe" features guest spots by Roc Marciano, Fat Ray and Melanie Rutherford, among others, but the MCs wanted to keep their first joint CD an in-house effort for the most part. "Whoever we wanted to get on the record, we got on there," says Guilty Simpson. Black Milk adds, "When you got three voices, you don't need a lot of features."
5. There will be a sequel to "Random Axe."
"This ain't a one-and-done," Sean Price promises, adding that the trio will link back up for a sequel once they release more solo material. "You're gonna hear Guilty and Black on my solo albums. We're always gonna work with each other, regardless."