Looking forward to the Black Milk show with the Nat Turner live band on the 28th April in what appears to be a small venue in the suburbs of Lyon, as part of my research for an article on Black's career and phenomenal album, 'If there's a hell below ...' (released last October by Fat Beats and Computer Ugly).
With six albums to his name, Black Milk is a youngish hip-hop producer and MC (born in Detroit, in 1983) with an amazing gift and track-record having worked with the luminaries - Pete Rock, J Dilla - and collaborated with a wide range of artists (Elzhi, Random Axe, Danny Brown and Royce Da 5'9). Black Milk first made his name producing the seminal Detroit hip-hop group, Slum Village.
Black Milk's 'If there's a hell below ....' is a stunner; creating a kind of dystopic mindspace that draws on personal memory and an evocation of place, against a pitch-perfect production.
Revisiting, surpassing, bypassing the soul great, Curtis Mayfield - whose classic 1970 political anthem provides the album's title - while paying homage ...