Album of the Year - Black Milk
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5

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  1. Oct 13, 2010
    10
    Album of the Year indeed. Black Milk's beats are always hard and he is only improving on the mic. Proving that Detroit is a powerhouse of rap, he brings Royce and Elzhi from SV (or formerly of Slum Village) on for Deadly Meadly...this song is absolutely dope. The rest of the album follows suit. Likes-Black Milk's production. His beats have always been great, but this time around he uses much more live instuments...classic. Don't sleep on this Expand
  2. Jan 27, 2011
    9
    Black Milk will not feature as one of the greatest MC's of all time but nevertheless his work pushes hip-hop boundaries and provides great inspiration to those bored of mainstream unoriginality. Personally I love his soulful music and am willing to overlook his lack of gravitas on the mic, though his rhyming is fresh and delivered precisely. 'Album of the Year' is not exactly true but I would argue that Black Milk is hip-hop artist of the past few years. He is directly influenced by the sounds of DJ Premier, Pete Rock and Statik Selektah but his hip-hop style is entirely unique. He is not scared to be himself, unpretentious yet aggressive, and there is much the underground can learn from one of this centuries most valid hip-hop musicians. 9/10 89/100 Expand
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79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

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  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
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  1. Feb 14, 2011
    70
    When I do fire this album up, there are a lot of sounds I love, and a lot of ideas I truly appreciate. It's just that, when taken as a whole, Album of the Year is certainly more exhausting than it deserves to be.
  2. Jan 11, 2011
    70
    The MC attacks his words diligently with rabid vigor, giving Album the forceful push of someone carrying the weight of loved ones lost.
  3. Dec 22, 2010
    70
    Though he's lacking some in terms of identity and he'll probably never be a technical monster, he benefits from the same instinctive ability to ride a beat's pocket that rapping producer predecessors like Large Professor and, yes, Dilla himself possessed. [Nov. 2010, p. 66]