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Video: Black Milk “Give The Drummer Sum”

Posted in Video with tags , , , on Friday, November 14, 2008 by Tim Althaus

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Check out the world premier video for the video “Give the Drummer Sum” by Black Milk. Thank you to the folks over at Okayplayer. Again go out and get Tronic it’s one of the best albums of the year and you won’t regret it.

Video: Black Milk & Pharoahe Monch, Live in New York

Posted in Video with tags , , , , , , on Tuesday, November 4, 2008 by Tim Althaus

artist_blackmilk-pic12Well the CMJ festival just ended recently and Detroit phenom Black Milk gave a performance of his single “The Matrix” with Pharoahe Monch (Sean Price isn’t in the performance). Pharoahe also does a performance of the track “Let’s Go” that was produced by Black on Pharoahe’s album Desire that came out in 2007. Black Milk just released Tronic on October 28th and is getting the attention of critics all over the place. Based on this video it looks as if Black can put on one hell of a show, and as usual Pharoahe looks like he’s lights out when he’s live as well.

All of you that are reading this I strongly urge you to go out and get Tronic on Fat Beats records. The album is super hot and you will not be disappointed. Also make sure you jump over and grab the free mix tape that Black put out before Tronic called Elec here.

Review: Black Milk, Tronic 

Posted in Music Reviews with tags , , , , on Wednesday, October 29, 2008 by Tim Althaus

It seems like this year the show formerly know as Hip-Hop is being stolen away by the state of Michigan (Detroit area specifically). So far this year we have seen new albums from Guilty Simpson, 14KT, Buff1, two incredible albums from Elzhi and now we are privileged enough to receive Tronic with open arms. Last year Black Milk released Popular Demand to critical acclaim as a self producing emcee. I have to admit that it was one of my favorite albums of last year, and Tronic is definitely one of my favorites this year. Black Milk is one of those guys that just drops my jaw every time that I hear something new of his because it’s like nothing I’ve ever heard before, I hate to compare him to Dilla (because there is no comparison) but Milk is taking it to that level very rapidly.

I have to say that this album had me from the beginning track “Long Story Short”. I was completely blown away by the elements of this track. It starts out with an almost “futuristic” synthesizer sound and fades to a beautiful piano melody. What comes next is a beat the hit me like a ton of bricks, it was so hard it almost made me cry. The incredible thing about the track is it literally is a long story short, it’s Black’s entire life up to this point in time and he tells his fable like Aesop. “Losing Out”, which is a track that features crafty veteran fire spitting Royce Da 5’9″, is another great track because the beat is lights out (particularly the sample) and Black and Royce exchange some straight butter verses. Black is very good on his verses but Royce holds his own as well and outshines Black a little. The only real conclusion comes out of Royce’s mouth in his last 8 bars: “I’m talking bout how we got it mastered, the fact is whenever me and Black do a track it’s a classic!” Detroit native Fat Ray (who earlier this year released an album with Black Milk titled The Set Up) joins Black on the hook for the track “Hell Yeah” which has a ridiculously hard beat, and some vicious flows from Black: “The whole world’s been patiently waitin’ for my comin’ to strike, patiently waitin’ like the second comin’ of Christ”. The track that most people would call the highlight of Tronic, The Matrix“, which features the legendary DJ Premier, Pharoahe Monch, and Sean Price is a straight classic and Pharoahe Monch absolutely kills this track: “Four finger ring rap sling slang Pharoahe the flows good/You couldn’t hang if you was Ving Rhames in Rosewood” “…Like the pant legs around the ankles of hipsters, I’m tight/Paint a more visual picture than Pixar…”. Black spits a great tongue twisting verse, and Sean Price never made gangs seem so interesting with his word usage: “I’m a kryptonite, but a blood today, Latin King tomorrow…”. The cuts on the album are done by Premier, and he never made it seem so effortless: “You love my style cuz’ I’m not what you used to, caught in the matrix… you’re in my danger field like Rodney”. I think that the track “Reppin’ For You” might be the highlight of the album for me. It has a great head noddin’ beat and Black’s flow to this track is lights out: “Every single line was written explodin’ like bombs droppin’/It’s like I’m Bin Laden when my pen’s jottin/The best to most with extra votes/A flow that’ll shock most like electric volts”.

All in all this is a great album and should be a indication of how great the Hip-Hop scene in Detroit really is. There are a few tracks that drag a little bit, but not enough to give this album anywhere near an average or below average review. Black Milk could hold up the city of Detroit on his shoulders, and chances are he probably will sooner than later with efforts like his last two. Tronic shows you what the definition of a producing/emcee should be.


Black Milk: “Losing Out” (Featuring: Royce Da 5’9″)

Posted in Music News with tags , , , on Thursday, October 23, 2008 by Tim Althaus

First off let me say Holy Shit! Here we are less than one week away from the release and I have heard three singles off of Tronic. I am already thinking this will probably be top 5 contender for my personal favorite album of the year. For all of you out there on the Kanye West tip, you need to get off it and start listening to Black Milk. This guy is one of the best producer/emcees I’ve ever heard. His flow on Popular Demand was liquid smooth, but his rhymes and flow are starting to get vicious.  I want everyone to mark my words when I say “Black Milk is the future of Hip-Hop and production”, he is going to be a household name soon enough. It’s just a matter of time until the D (and all of Michigan) blows up on the Hip-Hop scene, because they arguably have some of the best talent in the game right now (Elzhi, Buff1, One Be Lo, Royce Da 5’9″ ) and Black Milk will be the tip of that spearhead.

This beat has a sick ass sample and Black just tears the shit out of this beat like a piece of paper. Royce has his poignant (as always) flow and the two torch this track like a Philly blunt with a butane lighter. Before the track starts Black says “Everybody gather around and listen”, that’s exactly what everyone is going to be doing when they hear Black. His first line is “Let’s talk about the most under-estimated plus underrated city in this Hip-Hop game?”. I couldn’t say it much better myself, Detroit Hip-Hop is HIGHLY underrated and it’s a damn shame.

October 28th folks, that is the day that it will all change. Go and get Tronic this upcoming Tuesday, it is going to blow everyone away.

Listen to the track.

“Losing Out” (Featuring: Royce Da 5’9″)