The Backbeat

The Backbeat: The Black Milk Live Experience

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Words and Images: Erin Edwards While it’s quite obvious that live bands dramatically enhance the experience of any performance, their usage is relatively sparse in Hip-Hop.

Sean Price

Random Axe – “The Hex”

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The latest band of Hip-Hop antiheroes, Random Axe, are clean and dirty like the bar of Fight Club soap.

VIDEOS

Video: Black Milk – The Man, The Music, The City

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If you don't know where Black Milk is from, it's probably a safe assumption to say you've never heard of him.

MUSIC VIDEOS

Black Milk – “Welcome (Gotta Go)” Video

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Welcome (Gotta Go),” is unquestionably one of the standout joints from Black Milk’s Album of the Year.

Fat Beats Records

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

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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 "Welcome (Gotta Go)" accomplishes much of the same as well.

Music

Black Milk – “Welcome (Gotta Go)”

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After a couple of warmup lap outtakes from Black Milk's courageously titled Album of The Year, it's "Welcome" (sorry I had to) that we finally get an official lead single.

Trick Trick

Royce Da 5’9″ – The Bar Exam 3 (The Most Interesting Man)

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With DJ Whoo Kid playing the role of Royce's ever faithful sidekick, The Bar Exam 3 (The Most Interesting Man) is here to add a little spice to your holiday weekend.

VIDEOS

Black Milk Is Pure Michigan

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As our economy here in Michigan currently resides alongside Splinter and the TMNT gang in the sewer, Governor Granholm and her old fogy cronies have enlisted some of the Dirty Mitten's most notable faces to clean up our image and bring customers back to the Great Lakes State: Coach Izzo, Mitch Albom, The Captain and a few unrecognizable big-wig business-types who know Bo Diddly about sports.


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