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 album is also available on CD, double vinyl (purple) and limited edition double vinyl (grey + black) via Black’s Bandcamp.