Detroit Rappers Part 1 – Black Milk

Peace. In the past few years I’ve noticed quite a buzz coming from the other side of the lake. I am from Milwaukee,WI. Detroit artists have caught my attention somethin serious lately. I have always had a deep rooted love for Eminem and his crew of nutcases (R.I.P. Proof), J Dilla, Slum Village, Dwele, Guilty Simpson, Royce Da 5’9”, etc. Their lyrics and beats are always gritty, humorous, and honest. Honesty in the music always draws me in because it’s less commercial and you have to have an emotional connection to that music in order to FEEL it.

A few months ago I was turned on to a cat named “Black Milk”. Now I couldn’t dig the name because it made me envision a porn star or some shit. So I got his albums and it took me a minute to actually listen to them because his name was so off-putting. Eventually though, I picked up Popular Demand and pressed play. When it was done…I put in Tronic…and then Broken Wax. I am way beyond impressed. The beats are sick. They have an old head feel to them with a new school flavor. The baselines are incredible. The lyrics are full of a young man’s diary entries. He reminds me of a Joe Budden in a way because he’s just so vulnerable on some tracks that you can’t help but feel it in your gut. If you haven’t checked him out yet…please do. Check the video in the meantime. Black Milk & Royca Da 5’9” – Losing Out. This shit is SICK….he switched up the production a little bit on the Tronic album, but it works out great.

Find Black Milk on Myspace.

Just listen. ~Soul

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~ by Darling Niki on December 13, 2008.

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