Black Milk’s résumé speaks volumes. The Detroit producer/MC has worked with J Dilla and Dilla’s Slum Village, made beats for hard-hustling rhymers like Canibus and Danny Brown, and even teamed up with Jack White for a 7-inch single. Like Jay Dee before him, the man born Curtis Cross is a soul-steeped, grit-loving composer that leans towards the margins— a music geek from a no-nonsense town, open to the sort of in-the-pocket experiments that you’ll hear below.
On October 15, Fat Beats will drop Black Milk’s fifth solo album, No Poison No Paradise, a relatively stripped-down, back-to-sampling affair that serves as a re-introduction to the double-threat’s raw skills. Check “Dismal” below, an excellent example of Milk’s mastery over mood and groove.