“TRONIC could very well be the best end-to-end production job you’ve heard all year…He practically lives inside the beats.” – PitchforkMedia.com
“TRONIC takes Black Milk’s sound and rhyming ability to levels that now appear limitless. This is an early entry for any of the multitudes of album of the year lists soon to appear.” – Okayplayer.com
“No longer human, he’s a creature of sovereign instinct with synthesizers, samplers, and conductor’s wands for limbs. This is what RZA wishes new RZA sounded like.” – CokeMachineGlow.com
“With the near year on the horizon, it could be safe to say that TRONIC will be on the best-of-list when looking back at the albums released in 2008. You want my advice? Get this album and turn the volume up loud, but before that make sure you have a neck brace” – Vapors Magazine
As 2008 comes to a close, Black Milk, the incredibly raw and innovative producer/emcee from Detroit, is making the rounds on Best Of Year Lists with his unstoppable album TRONIC. On the latest single “Bounce,” Black Milk takes us deep into the center of his futuristic production factory with a Knight Rider-like bass line layered with waves of swelling keys.
Directions for listening: Press play and let your natural inclination to bounce take over.
Bonus: Colin Munroe, the YouTube darling and Dallas Austin protégé, has joined forces with Black Milk on his latest mixtape The Unsung Hero. Check out both Black’s production and lyrical fire on these two tracks from the mixtape.
“Break Off” f. Saukrates & Black Milk (Click To Listen)
In only a few short years, Black Milk has quickly become one of underground hip-hop’s foremost ambassadors. Realizing his vast reservoir of talent, both independent and mainstream artists looked to Black to give their albums a raw underground sound. Black has since produced and appeared on tracks for an impressive roster of hip hop artists including Genius/GZA, Busta Rhymes, Pharoahe Monch, Kidz in the Hall, Kardinal Offishall, Guilty Simpson, and Strange Fruit Project, among others. Most recently, Black released two albums, The Set Up with Fat Ray and Black Milk Presents Caltroit with Bishop Lamont. Black also handed nearly all the production on elZhi’s The Preface, an album that is making many critics’ Top 10 lists for 2008 and bringing serious attention to Detroit’s music scene. Black also produces and rhymes as a member of the ground Random Axe with Sean Price and Guilty Simpson and will release a full-length album in early 2009. TRONIC is available on CD, vinyl, and digitally via Fat Beats Records now.
Like what you hear? Keep up with Black Milk and other artists like Freddie Foxxx, Ill Bill, and eLZhi on the Fat Beats Blog where you can learn about upcoming performances, releases, and in-store appearances.
Also, check out this video on the history of Fat Beats Records, bringing you fresh, independent hip hop since 1994.
“Give The Drummer Sum”-Black Milk