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Black Milk Could Be the New Sound of Detroit. [Aug. 17th, 2007|09:45 am]
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[Current Location |Detroit, MI, USA]
[Special Music |Black Milk - Sound of the City (Instrumental)]

If you were wondering what new music was coming from Detroit, well, this artist would qualify.

Black Milk - Popular Demand.

Black Milk released his Popular Demand album this year. I like it.

Here's what Spliff Huxtable Dot Com had to write:

Black Milk is the future of Detroit. No lie.

I had heard his shit and heard his name around, most memorably as some drunk motherfucker from POUND was screaming “BLACK MILK IS THE FUTURE” at a NYE jam two inches from my face.

After getting his start cooking beats up for Slum Villiage and his own RJ Gunna project, Curtis Cross (better known now as Black Milk) dropped his debut solo disc earlier this summer on the legendary FAT BEATS and it has not left my decks or my headphones since. This shit bangs, what else can I say? Its also a perfect time to hype up Black Milk cause the full instrumentals are dropping Aug 24th on Fat Beats and Imma git git git em.

With the blend of what I call “Tron” music (acidic afro futurism as rooted in Detroit Techno as in Casio crazy Hip-Hop) and those so, so, so sweet SV soul joints we’ve all grown to love, “Popular Demand” is the spiritual heir to J. Dilla. By deftly blending his own rapping, D-town’s dirtiest guests, drums that will make you hate him for being so on-point and a grab-bag of production fucking backflips, Black Milk made me go back to the summer I bought a stolen copy of “Fantastic Vol 2.” from out front HMV and played it the fuck out. And that is exactly what I’d been waiting for. He gets this summer’s MVP award from SpliffyHux HQ. And he’s been on a roll lately, lacing banagers for Pharaohe Monch’s new disc, Guilty Simpson and a mixtape on Aftermath call “Caltroit” or something like that, whatever….Just get this fuckin’ album already, and for my heads who read this rambling crap, a few choice Black Milk Instrumentals.

“Sound of the City” is a ridiculous MONSTER of a beat, with fat bass notes propelling a shuffling break and some almost Hi-Tek sample chops. Highly Recommended. “Pressure” is some of that Tron music shit I was on about, and it too, is fire, and finally, the eye-watering “Broken Wax”….Ghostface would cry like a baby to this…it’s really that good, just wait after the glitchiness dies down…. and it’s like a minute long….. damn it. I hate this guy.

Be sure to snap the instrumentals from Black Milk at Spliff Huxtable, if you liked what hit your ears.


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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2007-08-17 04:43 pm (UTC)

'Next' Theory

I can imagine someone hearing this and saying, "yeah but this guy is just a copy of J Dilla."

On J Dilla - he didn't ask to die, but his death pretty much is like a guy who sits at the poker table of life, gets dealt pocket aces, and goes all-in with small stack, and draws out a couple calls and wins the hand, but then gets up and leaves the table with the winnings. Too short, but it was very sweet.

And that's the problem with death - people are often put into myth and legend at almost unfair levels. They were great, yes, but to possibly kill a guy's career because he happened to be similar to some other legend, almost too similar, well, it's arguable.

On one hand, if you have, say, Nirvana, and they ruled the rock land until that ended, and then you get, uh, Bush, immediately following and sounding way too similar, there really is no connection between the two groups to dismiss the notion of "sounds too much like" to go all-in for thwarting.

On the other hand, all the Wu-Tang members are similar in interests and influences. If they split up and their songs all sound the same, and they are quality, then yes, that's probably just fine because there's that connection to their origin that's valid.

In Black Milk's case, he produced for Slum Village, of which J Dilla was a part. For them to hold similar influences, I feel that's valid.

I haven't heard the entirety of the origin or all of their bodies of work, but I'd be ready to dismiss the notion that Black Milk's a mere copy. I like the sound, and that really has weight against such counters, which is also a part of it.
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[User Picture]From: micromegas
2007-08-20 03:59 am (UTC)
I tried to get ahold of this guy for the hip hop story i'm working on, but nobody got back to me.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2007-08-20 06:46 am (UTC)
He must be a busy guy, then?
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