Tag Archives: Black Milk

New Joint – Black Milk / MAHD

Black Milk ft. MAHD – “Relate (Want 2 Know)” (@Black_Milk / 2019)

Smooth production and engaging rhymes from the talented Detroit artist’s new “DiVE” project.

New Joint – Children Of Zeus / Black Milk

Children Of Zeus & Black Milk – “Won’t End Well” (@ChildrenOfZeus / @Black_Milk / 2018)

New visuals for the dope Black Milk-produced head-nodder from UK duo Tyler Daley and Konny Kon released via Australia’s Low Key Source label.

New Joint – Children Of Zeus / Black Milk

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Children Of Zeus & Black Milk – “Won’t End Well” (@LowKeySourceAU / 2018)

Following the well-deserved recognition for their brilliant “Travel Light” album released earlier this year, Manchester duo Konny Kon and Tyler Daley  drop their unique brand of soul-laced Hip-Hop flavour over impeccable production from Detroit’s Black Milk for this release on Australia’s Low Key Source label.

New Joint – Bozack Morris / Black Milk

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Bozack Morris ft. Black Milk – “The Darkness” (@Bozackula / 2018)

Toronto producer Bozack Morris laces Detroit’s Black Milk with some atmospheric beats for this ill collabo.

 

New Joint – Black Milk

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Black Milk – “Like I Need It All” (@BlackMilk / 2016)

Detroit’s talented producer-on-the-mic returns with a lesson in musical mastery.

New Joint – Black Milk

Black Milk – “Story And Her” (@Black_Milk / 2015)

Tales of lust with a twist from the Detroit-raised producer-on-the-mic’s “If There’s A Hell Below” album.

New Joint – Kenn Starr

Kenn Starr – “Say Goodbye” (@MelloMusicGroup / 2015)

Black Milk-produced track lifted from the Maryland microphone fiend’s new album “Square One”.

New Joint – Black Milk

Black Milk – “Sunday’s Best / Monday’s Worst” (Fat Beats / 2013)

Taken from the Detroit-based producer-on-the-mic’s forthcoming album “No Poison No Paradise”

New Joint – D-Sisive

D-Sisive – “Graceland” (TheDesolateCollective.BandCamp.Com / 2012)

Taken from the Toronto emcee’s forthcoming “Asian Elvis” mixtape project.

Album Review – House Shoes

House Shoes

“Let It Go”

(Tres Records)

A longstanding influence in the Detroit Hip-Hop scene, close friend of the late, great J. Dilla and a talented producer in his own right, Motown’s House Shoes is already something of a legend in his own time. From releasing hometown emcee Phat Kat’s classic “Dedication To The Suckers” single on his own indie label in the late-90s to more recently acting as tour deejay for the likes of Black Milk and Elzhi, House Shoes’ limitless passion for Detroit music and his desire to see local talent exposed has led to his name becoming synonymous with quality D-Town beats and rhymes, whether he’s playing them, tweeting about them, or making them himself.

“Let It Go”, House Shoes’ debut release for Los-Angeles-based imprint Tres, has been a long time coming, a project that both fans and no doubt the Midwest native himself have been desperate to see drop. An opportunity for House Shoes to fully showcase his production skills, draw attention to underground Detroit artists and also work with established figures from across the US, “Let It Go” sounds like the producer is doing just that, exhaling years of hard-work, struggle and determination throughout the eighteen-track set.

The main strength of this is album is that, irrespective of the long list of featured artists, as producer, it remains House Shoes’ project at all times. The main problem with many producer-led albums is that the individual behind the boards can sometimes appear overwhelmed by the diversity of styles brought to the table by their rhyming counterparts, leading to a producer bending their trademark sound to fit featured guests, which can result in nothing more than a patchy compilation rather than a cohesive body of work guided by the direction of one musical mind.

The sonic personality of House Shoes, however, is stamped all over “Let It Go” and is strong enough to constantly remain the driving force behind the project. No matter who’s on the mic, it’s House Shoes’ quality production that remains the primary focus of each track.

The instrumental “Empire / Get Down” officially begins proceedings, a melodic blend of swirling synths and knocking drums that builds into a stirring symphony of epic, bass-heavy brilliance, creating a feeling that the listener is on the verge of hearing something monumental as the remainder of the album unfolds.

After the ethereal vibes of that opening track, the Moe Dirtee-assisted “Goodfellas To Bad Boys” drags the project straight back into the streets of Detroit, with the upcoming emcee delivering gritty-but-witty gangsta rhymes over cinematic production that brings with it an atmosphere of drama and urgency. The subtle “Dirt” (featuring The Alchemist, Oh No and Roc Marciano) is built around a muffled bassline that sounds like it was recorded through a wall from the studio next door, with NY’s Marcberg dropping one of the best verses on the album, rhyming himself into a syllable-crazed frenzy with his usual mix of vividly rugged street observations and delicate wordplay.

The sparse “Crazy” features Black Milk and Guilty Simpson combining forces with House Shoes to create another certified Motor City banger, whilst the short-but-effective “Everything (Modern Family)” finds Fatt Father navigating the complexities of a broken relationship over a simple, string-laden soul loop that injects further emotion into the lyricist’s sincere rhymes.

St. Louis artist Black Spade delivers a brilliant performance on the effortlessly dope “Sunrise”, searching for success and enlightenment over hypnotic jazzy vibes and rolling drums expertly chopped by House Shoes (“Wanna be in the place where they like ‘Black Spade run it’, Like when Biggie was on The Source awards saying ‘Brooklyn we done it'”).

“Castles (The Sky Is Ours)”, the previously-released dedication to House Shoes’ friend J1, takes the album in an unexpected-but-welcome direction, a heartfelt track featuring vocalist Jimetta Rose turning the tragedy of losing loved ones into beautiful music, using memories of good times shared as inspiration to push on through life and honour those no longer with us.

It’s not overly dramatic to say that you can literally hear the heart and soul of House Shoes seeping through the beats of every track on “Let It Go”. His ability to work easily with artists as varied as the unpredictable Danny Brown and animated Chali 2na of Jurassic 5 fame without losing any of his own style and musical approach is evidence of both his vision and talent as a producer.

A definite triumph, “Let It Go” is a strong release that should finally see House Shoes being given the same well-deserved exposure he’s fought so hard to see other Detroit artists experience over the years. Salute!

Ryan Proctor

House Shoes ft. Nottz, Oh No & MED – “Last Breath” (Tres Records / 2012)

Hip-Hop & Funk 45s Mix Download – Kenny Dope

Legendary NY producer / deejay Kenny Dope has put together a nice mix using strictly vinyl 45s featuring quality material from the likes of Black Milk, DJ Spinna, El Michels Affair and J. Rawls – peep it here.

New Joint – Black Milk / Danny Brown

Black Milk & Danny Brown – “Black And Brown” (Fat Beats Records / 2011)

This track was originally included on the Detroit producer-on-the-mic’s 2010 project “Album Of The Year” but this video has now been released to promote the Black Milk / Danny Brown EP of the same name.

New Joint – Random Axe / Roc Marciano

Random Axe ft. Roc Marciano – “Chewbacca” (Duck Down / 2011)

Brilliant video featuring some Wookie antics from the trio’s recently released self-titled album – word to Boba Fett!

New Joint – Random Axe

Random Axe – “Random Call” (Duck Down Music / 2011)

Taken from the trio’s newly released self-titled album.

New Joint – Random Axe / Roc Marciano

Random Axe ft. Roc Marciano – “Chewbacca” (Duck Down / 2011)

Official leak from the the Sean Price / Black Milk / Guilty Simpson collabo project out June 14th.

Classic Cadence Vol. 3 Mixtape Download – Nametag / Dub MD

Download this new mixtape from the Detroit emcee here – featuring production from Black Milk, Peace Of Mind and Teddy Roxpin plus appearances from Guilty Simpson and Buff1.

Tracklisting:

01.) The Hundreds (Produced By Nameless)
02.)
Break Even (Produced By Peace Of Mind)
03.)
Tunnel Vision (Produced By Black Bethoven)
04.)
Raw-Dirty-Filth (feat. Guilty Simpson) (Produced By Nameless)
05.)
Award Winner (feat. ONPoint & Gratiot Jones) (Produced By Flawless Tracks)
06.)
S.I.N. (feat. Quest MCODY & Buff 1) (Produced By Black Milk)
07.)
Hard Rock Cafe (feat. ONPoint) (Produced By Flawless Tracks)
08.) AutoPilot (Produced By Black Bethoven)
09.)
A Toast (feat. Gratiot Jones & TGL) (Produced By Black Bethoven)
10.) Back With Heat (feat. Praverb) (Produced By Teddy Roxpin)
11.) Raw-Dirty-Filth (Remix) (Produced By Black Bethoven)
12.) Blaaaow! (Produced By Nameless

Rhyme Pays – Guilty Simpson

Detroit’s Guilty Simpson speaks with HHLO.Net about Dilla and the upcoming Random Axe album during a recent visit to Minneapolis.

New Joint – Nametag / Ro Spit

Nametag ft. Ro Spit – “Celebrate” (ItsNameTag.Com / 2011)

Produced by Black Milk and taken from the forthcoming album “The Name Is Tag”.

The Man, The Music, The City – Black Milk

OkayplayerTV interview with Black Milk about the influence his hometown of Detroit has had on his music.

Live Review – Black Milk

Black Milk

Venue: The Jazz Café, London Date: 26 October 2010

If there’s one thing guaranteed to get a crowd of underground Hip-Hop fans excited in a jam, it’s a sonic menu of back-to-back Dilla-produced classics – and that’s exactly what was on offer to an enthusiastic Jazz Cafe audience as we patiently awaited the arrival of the man many would say is the rightful heir to Jay Dee’s throne, Detroit’s next best producer-on-the-mic, Black Milk.

Accompanied onstage by his deejay, a keyboardist and drummer, the 27-year-old Milk, sporting jeans, black T-shirt and matching baseball cap, appeared visibly overwhelmed by the crowd’s roars of approval following his arrival. Yet as personable as the Motown maestro was towards the audience from the outset, it was clear the music was Milk’s top priority, with the talented rapper / producer promising “I ain’t gonna talk too much” before launching into an almost non-stop barrage of his drum-heavy bangers, from “The Matrix” to “Sound The Alarm”.

Appearing prepared to focus on the material it was perhaps thought the audience would be more familiar with (from his latest project “Album Of The Year” and 2008’s “Tronic”), Milk seemed openly surprised when some in the crowd started to shout requests for cuts from his earlier album “Popular Demand” and 2005’s “Sound Of The City” EP.

Acknowledging his musical influences, Black Milk also gave a heartfelt tribute to Dilla, working his way through some Slum Village material with both respect and sincerity.

Not wanting to disappoint fans, but also not wanting to have his mic cut off halfway through his finale, a courteous Black Milk checked with the venue’s soundman that he still had enough time to deliver a closing track, rounding the show out with a passionate performance of “Losing Out”, a grind-hard anthem that most in attendance could obviously relate to if the rowdy response to the cut’s pounding drums and high-speed vocal sample was anything to go by.

Entertaining and endearing, Black Milk’s no-frills approach to his performance was a refreshing change from the standard posturing often endured at rap shows. On this particular night there were no gimmicks and no hollow clichés, just a man and his music. Dilla would have been proud.

Ryan Proctor