The Backbeat

The Backbeat: The Black Milk Live Experience

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<a href=""> Words and Images: <a href="">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.

Sean Price

Random Axe – “The Hex”

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The latest band of Hip-Hop antiheroes, <a href="">Random Axe</a>, are clean and dirty like the bar of Fight Club soap.

Willie The Kid

Video: Willie The Kid & Jon Connor – “One Time” Live In Grand Rapids

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<a href=""> Jon Connor joins Willie in performing the Black Milk-produced <a href="">"One Time"</a> live in Grand Rap for the hometown fans.


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

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


Black Milk – “Welcome (Gotta Go)” Video

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<a href=""> “<a href="">Welcome (Gotta Go)</a>,” is unquestionably one of the standout joints from Black Milk’s <a href="">Album of the Year</a>.

You Need This Music

Nottz Feat. Black Milk – “Blast That”

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<a href=""> What happens when two dope producers who dabble on the microphone break bread and collaborate for a track? Well, when it's the man with the <a href="">Album Of The Year</a> and VA's most consistent producer (we see you, Pharrell), expect the response to be simply, "Blast That.

XXL Freshmen 2010: A New Breed Of Hustlers

The Week That Was: The Antoine Dodson House Party Edition

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<a href=""> -- <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=""> 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="">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=""> Every few weeks, I'll receive an email either praising or the questioning the shine we're giving <a href="">Danny Brown</a>.

Royce Da 5' 9"

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

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<a href=""> 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="">Black Milk</a> Related: <a href="">Complex Previews Black Milk's Album Of The Year</a>.


Black Milk – “Welcome (Gotta Go)”

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<a href=""> After a couple of warmup lap outtakes from <a href="">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=""> "Speak his mind, never been scared to/Album Of The Year, critics say how dare you..." <a href="">Black's</a> jettisoned off another track that wasn't deemed worthy enough to make his <a href="">Album Of The Year</a>.

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.


Black Milk – “Don Cornelius”

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<a href=""> Black Milk's got more soul in his soy than anything in your grandpappy's refridgerator. If this wasn't deemed acceptable to make his <a href="">Album Of The Year</a>, then he must really have some heatrocks on ice.


Black Milk Is Pure Michigan

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As our economy here in Michigan currently resides alongside <a href="">Splinter</a> and the <a href="">TMNT</a> 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: <a href="">Coach Izzo</a>, <a href="">Mitch Albom</a>, <a href="">The Captain</a> and a few unrecognizable big-wig business-types who know Bo Diddly about sports.

The Purple Tape

Rapper Big Pooh – The Purple Tape

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Words by <a href="">Rapper Big Pooh</a>.

The Purple Tape

Rapper Big Pooh – “When I’m Done”

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<a href="">Rapper Big Pooh</a> mashes over <a href="">Black Milk's</a> instrumentals originally constructed for <a href="">Color Purple</a> tape.


Trailers, Teasers & Things To Come….

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The Avon Barksdale Story Trailer Just in time for my annual Wire winter marathon, comes an in-depth look of an intricate layer that made HBO's masterpiece the greatest reality TV show ever.

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