The two men who make music under the moniker Guerrilla Ghost, an alternative hip-hop group formed in 2016, have always been a little weird. Rapper Bad Graphics Ghost seems to feel as comfortable channeling screamo bands as other hip-hop outfits. And producer Tron Jovi bounces from electronica to house to dubstep on many tracks. But they’re definitely good weird, Milwaukee’s closest analogue to Danny Brown.
For better or worse, Guerilla Ghost’s eclecticism can make it difficult for wouldbe listeners to find an entry point into their music. Do you start with their collaboration with hip-hop pioneer Kool Keith, even though it represents a bit of a departure from the rest of their music? Do you begin with their latest release and work your way back from there? Or vice versa?
We asked Bad Graphics Ghost (aka Chuck Jones) for his pick, and he was quick to recommend “Everybody Rap,” which he describes as a great “introduction to our music and what we stand for as artists.”
The song was released on Guerilla Ghost’s 2018 LP Perpetually Sad Motion Machine. Like many of the group’s later songs, its energy is raw and frenzied, with partially scream-sung vocals. But it’s also still relatively accessible, and its unabashedly political lyrics are as timely as ever.