At this year’s SXSW in Austin, TX, Black Milk will be doing something he hasn’t done in a while… a live beat set and MPC work on stage! On Tuesday, March 11, he will perform a live beat set for Exploded Drawing on a moving boat with a few hundred folks, fans and beatmakers. The boat will board at 5:00 PM sharp from 3700 Lake Austin Blvd. If you happen to be in Austin, you can get $15 pre-sale tickets at Exploded Records.
On Thursday, March 13, Black will perform live with DJ Sober for the Audible Treats Showcase at Half Step. Who knows, he might even throw in a beat set in the middle of his rap set. The showcase is at 75 1/2 Rainey St. Black’s set time is at midnight. See y’all at SXSW!
Fresh off the heels of his acclaimed No Poison No Paradise LP, Black Milk hits us with a 9-track EP, Glitches In The Break, produced entirely by him. The EP features fellow Detroit emcees Guilty Simpson and Fat Ray. It is available now on Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify and most other digital retailers. On April 19, Record Store Day, the limited edition, white 12″ vinyl will be available online and at select record stores. Check out Black Milk with his live band Nat Turner on their East Coast/Midwest run this April.
BLACK MILK with live band NAT TURNER
Thursday, April 17 – The Studio at Webster Hall – New York, NY
Friday, April 18 – Middle East – Boston, MA
Saturday, April 26 – Subterranean – Chicago, IL
Fresh off the heels of his full-length No Poison No Paradise album, Black Milk continues to pull music from his vault. “Cold Day” is the first single from his forthcoming EP, Glitches In The Break, which will be released digitally on March 4 and on 12″ vinyl on Record Store Day, April 19. Digital pre-order is available now via Bandcamp.
The first official project between singer/songwriter Mel and Black Milk is finally here! Stream the Burning Stones EP now, then head over to Computer Ugly’s Bandcamp to buy the songs and instrumentals. The Burning Stones EP will be available on iTunes 12.24.13.
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.”