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  • Summary: The latest release for the Dallas-based rapper/producer features guest appearances from Ab, Black Thought, Dwele, Robert Glasper, Mel, Quelle Chris, and Tone Trezure.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Oct 15, 2013
    90
    No Poison No Paradise is Black Milk’s best album, and one of the year’s best in Hip Hop so far.
  2. Oct 15, 2013
    80
    While the more approachable Album of the Year makes for an easier entry point into the man's discography, this one is deeper, and artistically more filling.
  3. Oct 15, 2013
    80
    This is another solid effort from the man born Curtis Cross.
  4. Oct 22, 2013
    73
    No Poison No Paradise, his latest, features some of the ugliest-sounding, and therefore best and most fully-realized, music of his career.
  5. Oct 15, 2013
    65
    Hip hop is an artform based on messages, yet all too frequently he comes across as a messenger with little to report.
  6. 60
    With the exception of the reaffirming victory lap of “Money Bags (Paradise)”, a lot of the material surrounding that five-track streak [“Sunday’s Best,” “Parallels," “Sunday’s Best,” “Monday’s Worst”] falls short.
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  1. Oct 17, 2013
    10
    One of the best albums of the year so far. Conceptual album. Black improved his lyrics and his production still dope as hell. He's one of these emcees that breathes Hip-Hop. Expand
  2. Mar 9, 2014
    10
    theres so mouch flow in this album you can like feel it flowing. Lyrics are shiit but whatever. This is like really chill Kendrick or something i dont know but its good. Expand
  3. Oct 17, 2013
    8
    Great album and definitely one of Black Milks best. Production is on point, from electronic synths to hard hitting drum beats mixed with soul samples and eary instrumentals. Also, Black Milks rapping has definitely improved, with a great flow over different instrumentals and some deep lyrics throughout the album. Black Milk really spills everything out on this album, from the ups and downs of money/fame with tracks like "Money Bags" & "Dismal" & growing up in Detroit and his dealings with crime on tracks such as "Deion's House", "Sundays Best/ Mondays Worst" & "Perfected on Puritan Ave", topics we have not generally heard Black Milk explore very often. All of which is set through the life of the character 'Sonny Jr.' who has been made up to fit in with the concept of the album based upon Black Milks life growing up. The concept can seem pretty loose at times but by repeatedly listening to the album over again, it will become clearer to the listener. The album is a great listen from start to finish travelling through both relaxed, chilled, hyped-up & dark vibes throughout. Reminds me a bit of Kendrick Lamar's G.K.M.C in the way that is set in a time of the rapper growing up and has great storytelling and lyricism throughout. Although comparable to Kendrick's, Black Milk's album still manages to maintain its own vibe and personality throughout. The closing 'itunes bonus' track, "Poison" wraps the album up nicely practically summing up the concept and themes of the album through the lyrics over a chilled-out mellow beat. I would suggest getting this album if you have a good ear for beats, love deep and meaningful lyrics & enjoy a bit of story-telling and nostalgia. Expand