BLACK MILK & JACK WHITE: THE STORY & NEW MUSIC

July 12, 2011

It’s a pretty crazy feeling when you’re going about your regular, every day routine in the studio and all of sudden you get a phone call that Jack White wants to work with you. The email to my manager came from Jack White himself. My first reaction was one of shock that an artist like him, who most people would categorize as a rock star, would want to work with an independent hip-hop artist. My second reaction was surprise that he even knew I existed, even though we’re from the same city. Of course, my response was “Hell yeah! When and where do I need to be to make this happen?” A few back and forth emails led to my band (keyboardist AB; drummer Daru Jones; and bassist Malik Hunter) and I taking a trip to Nashville to record at Jack’s home studio.

Side A: Brain

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Upon our arrival, Jack was the first person to greet us. From our brief discussion about music and things of that nature, I learned he discovered my music through the “Deadly Medley” music video. Jack, a team of his musicians, my band and I wasted no time starting a jam session. I immediately felt the pressure of having to create two great songs in two days. Not only were we able to produce two tracks that we felt were great, but we were able to capture our individual sounds. I was prepared to follow Jack’s direction with the songs, but not long into the creative process it became clear that he wanted me to take the lead role as the producer. For a guy who is so well-respected and musically accomplished to humbly step into the recording room as one of many musicians and to trust me as the producer to do what I do best was pretty crazy and such an honor.

The jam sessions were recorded to tape, all on the first day. On the second day, I chose two of them to write to and spit my verses back to back. No “edit, undo” like recording digitally in Pro-Tools. On the third and final day, we toured Third Man Records (the most amazing place ever), shot photos for the project cover and sound checked for our show later that night. It was a great performance for an amazing crowd, but the craziest part of the night was seeing (and hearing) Jack White in the crowd, cheering us on like a fan and seeming to have more fun than everyone. As a bonus, the live show was recorded to tape (Black Milk Live at Third Man Records), and will be released on vinyl.

The time we spent in Nashville collaborating with Jack White was one of the greatest moments in my music career. It not only inspired me to continue to work hard as a producer, but also confirmed that staying true to my art, without compromise, can manifest into the type of rewards that money can’t buy.

- Black Milk

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Marcus-AKA-4EVERJAZZ March 19, 2014

DETROIT-DOPNESS!!

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Chris March 5, 2014

Jack White knows talent when he comes across it. You are one of the sickest right now.

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HJ Crizak W January 19, 2013

Outside of JDubs, yous my favorite TMR artist. Keep it’ real fo’ da D.

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Rhianna Pendergrass February 7, 2012

Really appreciate you sharing this post.Much thanks again.

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Its Um January 8, 2012

very nice, if i had an itunes account i’ll buy me those two songs. you and hi-tek i check on from time to time cuz ya my fav producers.

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Cassandra November 1, 2011

Instead of marrying him, you could work like him to express what’s in you that needs to get out. Kinda cooler than marriage. Trust me.

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Sharon Wendt August 13, 2011

btw….would u mind terribly passing thatinfo along to him??? ;) ………without help how will MY dreams ever come true??…..ty…..and Enjoy the ride…..xoxo♥

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Sharon Wendt August 13, 2011

I would sooooo love to marry Jack White ;)….xoxo♥

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A-Nigma August 3, 2011

Brilliant, you and your music keep going from strength to strength! I am amazed everytime and anticipate the next track! Everytime I hear your music it makes me wanna work harder with mine. Random axe album was ill and favourite track was everybody, nobody, somebody. Bermuda Triangle?
Big nod from the UK.

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Gonz One July 24, 2011

Just swooped a copy of the 7″ from 3rd Man records. This collaboration will put the fire back into REAL hip hop.

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RBeezy July 15, 2011

the flames….shit is hot

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PGS July 14, 2011

Good god, let the organ get a stab at it. This shit is amazing.

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Ullish July 13, 2011

Sounds like Parliament. love the horns

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Josh July 13, 2011

Just bought your Third Man Single, really digging the song. Can’t wait to order the Live LP. Keep it up, man! Smokin’ band!

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Jay Cass July 13, 2011

jack WHITE and BLACK milk

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NicoleYV July 13, 2011

Congrats man!! That’s a great experience!!

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Damn! Jesus... July 13, 2011

It’s Chick Corea, it’s Rage Against the Machine, Medski, M & Wood and the JB’s

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Damn! Jesus... July 13, 2011

THIS. This is Dilla, it’s dope, it’s Gnarls Barkley, it’s so fucking funky, yet it’s Jack white! commandeering a militia of funk mercenaries… SHIT!
indebted for life!

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don king July 12, 2011

I’ll be honest, I’m having trouble containing my geekdom in regards to this collaboration – It’s what a true musical collaboration should be, two different styles mixed together to form something unusual, amazing and better yet completely unexpected.

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KING_KG July 12, 2011

Dope bruh.

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bryan July 12, 2011

this is too cool

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bushytop July 12, 2011

crazy. i was hollering at my boy the other day about how much i would love to see you down at third man records. only thought it was appropriate. couldn’t have been happier with the result.

to keep it 100, i may also have included boldy james in the above mentioned conversation too.

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Naaaashville July 12, 2011

Been wearing out “Album of the Year” since I first saw you play at Third Man Records in April. Can’t wait to hear the live LP again when it comes out next month. Come back to Nashville soon! Great work!

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Anonymous July 12, 2011

Awesome man, thanks for sharing the back story…..it adds a real cool element to the songs, it feels like we were there.

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Suzanne July 12, 2011

Awesome story and awesome sound. Thanks for doing this!

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rachel July 12, 2011

Very sweet story. My only complaint is that it’s just 2 songs. I want a while LP!

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Delayney July 12, 2011

very very fly!! and thank you for sharing the back story. makes it that much doper. please tell me you videotaped at least a piece of the jam session…please!

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dtbuck23 July 12, 2011

too sick. keep grindin’ black, your music is legendary.

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L05 July 12, 2011

Dooope

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D. Allie July 12, 2011

Wow. This is truly big man. Keep doing what you’re doing.

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MarcOner July 12, 2011

great story, thanks for sharing. Well done!

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