Music video for 'Red States' from the Guante + Big Cats! album 'An Unwelcome Guest'. The video is directed by writer and filmmaker, Justin Schell. Produced by Tru Ruts. © 2009 Tru Ruts/Speakeasy Records. truruts.com
“Part Cormac McCarthy, part Woody Guthrie, and part Public Enemy, An Unwelcome Guest is an intricately woven poetic and sonic excursion through landscapes mental, emotional, and physical, cementing Guante and Big Cats!’s status as two of the best emerging artists within Twin Cities hip-hop.” – TC Daily Planet
"Guante could very well follow Atmosphere and P.O.S. in the long-line of outstanding rappers to break from the Midwest." –CMJ
AN UNWELCOME GUEST is a hip hop concept album from Twin Cities producer BIG CATS! and rapper GUANTE. Over fifteen tracks, the album tells the story of one man moving from east to west in the wake of a man-made disaster and his own personal tragedy. Also, there are zombies.
The album features guest appearances from HALEY BONAR, PROLYPHIC (of Strange Famous Records), BIG QUARTERS, CHASTITY BROWN and ERIC BLAIR (of Hyder Ali and No Bird Sing). Through the album’s unique narrative frame, these artists join Guante in exploring issues of displacement, authority and the difference between the violence of the oppressor and the violence of the oppressed. Also: zombies.
Kyle “Guante” Myhre is a 2008 City Pages “Artist of the Year,” 2008 URB Magazine “Next 1000” artist, multiple Independent Music Awards nominee, the 2008 Minneapolis Grand Poetry Slam champion, 2009 St. Paul Grand Poetry Slam champion and 2009 National Poetry Slam champion (as a member of the St. Paul team).
Spencer “Big Cats!” Wirth-Davis has worked with Sage Francis, Jolie Holland, B. Dolan and others, and is perhaps best known for producing Sage Francis’ “Black Out on White Night.” His instrumental solo album, “Sleep Tapes,” received rave reviews from City Pages, Above the Fold, RapReviews.com and elsewhere.