Positive: 11 out of 11
Mixed: 0 out of 11
Negative: 0 out of 11
Album of the Year stands as one of 2010's most innovative and adventurous albums of any stripe, incorporating traces of African jazz, latin music, psych, metal, and more in its relentless attack. It bangs hard from start to finish, and it's guaranteed to send producers scrambling to rerecord their drums in its wake.
Through soaking in various travails, and pouring them through the microphone, he has truly grabbed us. His beats have almost taken a backseat on this journey but it is worth it just to prove that his story, his journey and his life are much more interesting that a mere drum pattern and a sample.
There's a stunning balance between fluid variations and deviations that in total feel like improvisation and the strictly confined, loping-in-circles gait of traditional hip-hop-a process which then lends itself to being described as simultaneously dynamic and hypnotic, loose and hard, jam and the jam.
While there was an unspectacular battle-rap anonymity to his past lyrics, they were at least spit in the service of a strong overall style. Now he's grown a bit, upping the emotional dimension subtly and letting some more specific humanistic details come through, even in the lines that read like average boasts on paper.
Positive: 2 out of 2
Mixed: 0 out of 2
Negative: 0 out of 2
Oct 13, 2010Album 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… Collapse
Jan 27, 2011Black 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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