Black Milk releases No Poison No Paradise, his fifth full-length solo album on Fat Beats Records x his own Computer Ugly label. It’s been a full three years since his previous album, Album Of The Year, and NPNP has already been welcomed with rave reviews from critics, with HipHopDX deeming it “one of the best albums of the year.” With the exception of “Sonny Jr. (Dreams),” which he co-produced with Grammy award winners Dwele and Robert Glasper and “Deion’s House,” which was produced by Detroit-based band Will Sessions, the album was produced entirely by Black Milk.
Black’s visceral storytelling skills are put on display in NPNP as we follow the dreams of the semi-autobiographical character named Sonny Jr., about his experiences growing up in the tough working-class streets of Detroit during the 80s and 90s. This concept was not initially planned as Black explains in a recent Huffington Post interview, ”In the beginning, I had about four to five songs done, and when I listened back to those songs I noticed that they all had a certain connection and lyrical similarity to the point where it felt like a story was being told. So, I built the rest of the album around those songs and created this character who’s basically in a dream state throughout the album, seeing different moments from his days as a youth to his life as an adult.”
Black released his debut album Sound Of The City in 2005 at the age of 23. Four albums and seven years later, NPNP showcases his growth and maturity both as an artist and as a man. Unlike other artists, Black rarely releases loosies between projects, which is almost unheard of these days. Working diligently in private, often for years at a time, Black’s work ethic and attention to detail belies today’s unrelenting appetite for media. But when Black finally does unleash new material, fans and critics take notice.
The deluxe iTunes version of the album includes the bonus cut “Poison.”
The album is also available on CD, double vinyl (purple) and limited edition double vinyl (grey + black) via Black’s Bandcamp.
In September, Black Milk connected with Ghanaian/Canadian singer/songwriter A K U A for a few hours at Converse Rubber Tracks in NY to create an original tune for OkayAfrica’s Player Xchange. Watch the behind-the-scenes video following the creation of the song and listen to Black Milk x A K U A’s “Puddles.”
After a successful North American Tour to promote his latest album, No Poison No Paradise, Black Milk and his band Nat Turner (Ab – keys/vocals, Malik Hunter – bass, Zeb Horton – drums) are headed to Europe for a 14-city run. Check the dates below, and grab your tickets here.
BLACK MILK NO POISON NO PARADISE EUROPE TOUR
with Live Band Nat Turner
More info + tickets
NOV 14 – MUNICH, GERMANY – Yip Yab
NOV 15 – ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – Bar (Buma Rotterdam Festival)
NOV 16 – LILLE, FRANCE – Le Splendid
NOV 17 – ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND – Exil
NOV 20 – COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – Loppen
NOV 22 – COLMAR, FRANCE – Le Grillen
NOV 23 – LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – Scala
NOV 24 – MONTPELLIER, FRANCE– Victoire 2
NOV 25 – PARIS, FRANCE – Batofar
NOV 26 – BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – De Vaartkapoen
NOV 27 – LINZ, AUSTRIA – Kapu
NOV 28 – LEIPZIG, GERMANY – Conne Island
NOV 29 – STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Fasching
NOV 30 – BERLIN, GERMANY – Lido (BeatGeeks Weekend)
Today, Black Milk offered the iTunes-exclusive bonus track from his No Poison No Paradise album for stream via Soundcloud. Take a listen and prepare to cop the album via iTunes or from fatbeats.com.
In March, Black Milk dropped the dual-single “Sunday’s Best / Monday’s Worst,” which was well-received by critics and the blogosphere. Now, the Detroit rapper and producer can add the title “director” to his list of skills for the video “Sunday’s Best / Monday’s Worst,” alongside the video’s co-director, Gerard Victor. The video shows a boy struggling with his identity and facing the temptation of the streets, despite his upbringing. This video marks the first of Black’s videos where he isn’t shown, and instead features various members of his family.
Spin premiered “Dismal,” the gritty third song release from Black Milk’s forthcoming album No Poison No Paradise, out October 15 via Fat Beats / Computer Ugly.
Stream the song below, then head over to iTunes or fatbeats.com to pre-order the deluxe digital version of the album (with a bonus track) or either the limited edition vinyl bundle (which comes with a double 2-color vinyl, super soft tee and screen print poster) or CD bundle (which comes with a CD, tee and screen print poster) or the solid double vinyl. As a bonus, No Poison No Paradise album art designer Joonbug has given us a glimpse into his sketchbook, where he drew the entire inside and outside album art by hand.
Black Milk is currently on a 28-city North American Tour with his band Nat Turner (Ab (keys/vocals), Malik Hunter (bass), Zeb Horton (drums) and Bill Sharp (turntables)), Quelle Chris and DJ Sober. The tour kicked off in Dallas, TX and received an incredible review by the Dallas Observer. Be sure to catch the show when it comes to a city near you.
PRE-ORDER NO POISON NO PARADISE
iTunes | Limited Edition Deluxe Vinyl Edition 2xLP | 2xLP | Deluxe CD Edition
No Poison No Paradise
01. Interpret Sabotage ft. Mel
02. Deion’s House
03. Codes and Cab Fare ft. Black Thought
04. Ghetto DEMF ft. Quelle Chris
05. Sonny Jr. (Dreams) ft. Robert Glasper & Dwele
06. Sunday’s Best
07. Monday’s Worst
08. Perfected On Puritan Ave.
10. Parallels ft. Ab
11. X Chords
12. Black Sabbath ft. Tone Trezure
13. Money Bags (Paradise)