Beyonce Leads The Group Of Nominees For The 2015 Grammy For Album Of The Year

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Beyonce, Pharrell, and a few others were announced last night as nominees for Album of the Year at the 2015 Grammy Awards.

The Backbeat

The Backbeat: The Black Milk Live Experience

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/?p=185758"> Words and Images: <a href="http://www.erinedwards.net/">Erin Edwards</a> While it’s quite obvious that live bands dramatically enhance the experience of any performance, their usage is relatively sparse in Hip-Hop.


Black Milk – “Welcome (Gotta Go)” Video

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/09/review-of-black-milk-album-of-the-year"> “<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/07/download-black-milk-welcome-gotta-go">Welcome (Gotta Go)</a>,” is unquestionably one of the standout joints from Black Milk’s <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/09/review-of-black-milk-album-of-the-year">Album of the Year</a>.

XXL Freshmen 2010: A New Breed Of Hustlers

The Week That Was: The Antoine Dodson House Party Edition

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/09/the-fruits-of-antoine-dodsons-labor"> -- <a href="../2010/09/the-fruits-of-antoine-dodsons-labor">Antoine Dodson</a> went from Internet laughingstock to burgeoning businessman.

Fat Beats Records

“365” – Review Of Black Milk’s Album Of The Year

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/08/freddie-gibbs-black-milk-at-s-obs"> The significance of making a definite statement outside of the music has become just as important as the music itself. So when word circulated in the infant stages of 2010 that Black Milk's fourth album was to be named Album of the Year, there was a collective gasp amongst Hip-Hoppers everywhere. Gutsy call for a first down play. But for an artist such as Black Milk, whose credibility stems from placing art over image, the overall meaning tends to be more than meets the eye. As it does. The 313 spokesman vividly recounts his "steering wheel to the new album of his career," marked by a fiscal year full of death and sickness on the exultant opener "365." Great adversity tends to fork the road between unfocused and champion sound but thankfully, Black Milk opts for the latter path to fuel the focus for much of Album of the Year. Despite making significant improvements in his rapping ability since his career began, the production remains Black Milk's biggest bargaining chip. Sweeping crescendos, crashing symbols and oscillated bass all season the instrumentals for distinct flavoring in Black's gumbo pot. The obligatory female record in "Oh Girl" takes a hold a new guise as a hypnotic jam session, fully equipped with a call and response hook and sonorous drum work. Delving in the realm of craftiness as well as the commercial is a rare yet valued trait and "<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/07/download-black-milk-welcome-gotta-go">Welcome (Gotta Go)</a>" accomplishes much of the same as well.

Notable Quotables

Notable Quotable – Danny Brown On “Black & Brown”

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/09/danny-brown-nowhere-2-go-video"> Every few weeks, I'll receive an email either praising or the questioning the shine we're giving <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/danny-brown">Danny Brown</a>.

Royce Da 5' 9"

Black Milk Feat. Royce Da 5’9″ & Elzhi – “Deadly Medley” Video

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/07/download-black-milk-welcome-gotta-go"> This is a straight ill track from some of Detroit’s finest. The rambling beat lulls you into a trance of head bopping hypnosis. Into that trance come the fierce lyrics of Black Milk, Royce and Elzhi, hitting like an uppercut to the jaw. No less should be expected from men of these lyrical talents. Visually, the video matches the tone of the tune, even if it ain't nothing more than you standard diner, rooftop and hazy concert montage. It does it’s job of setting a gritty tone for an even grimier track. Via <a href="http://blackmilk.biz/videos/official-video-black-milk-deadly-medley-feat-royce-da-59-elzhi/">Black Milk</a> Related: <a href="http://www.complex.com/blog_galleries/album-preview-black-milk-album-of-the-year">Complex Previews Black Milk's Album Of The Year</a>.


Black Milk – “Welcome (Gotta Go)”

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/07/black-milk-how-dare-you"> After a couple of warmup lap outtakes from <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/black-milk">Black Milk's</a> courageously titled Album of The Year, it's "Welcome" (sorry I had to) that we finally get an official lead single.


Black Milk – “How Dare You”

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/05/download-black-milk-don-cornelius"> "Speak his mind, never been scared to/Album Of The Year, critics say how dare you..." <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/black-milk">Black's</a> jettisoned off another track that wasn't deemed worthy enough to make his <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/album-of-the-year">Album Of The Year</a>.


Black Milk – “Keep Going”

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2008 was used to send <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/tronic">Tronic</a> shock waves throughout the underground but in 2009, <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/black-milk">Black Milk</a> spent most of the time sharping his sword for this latest attack.

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