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Detroit producer and MC Black Milk always seemed much more honored than annoyed when his work was compared to that of the late J. Dilla, so don’t think the sonic surprises on this 2010 effort are driven by a desire to end the association. That said, Album of the Year is a distinct break from the smoky Detroit funk Dilla championed, as it pulls inspiration from the worlds of rock and funk-rock. A four-man live band is employed to provide the guitar crunch and acoustic drum fills, but instead of the organic Roots style, Milk cuts these recordings into a stuttering and loopy soundscape that’s entirely hip-hop. These block-rocking beats are irresistible and instantly gratifying as tracks like “Oh Girl” feel both new and comfortable on first listen, but thanks to the man’s growth as a lyricist, the album is also a rich experience that rewards on every return. Chalk it up to the 12 months of person turmoil and joy referenced in the album’s double meaning of a title, as both are communicated vividly. The Funkadelic-meets-Hendrix “Distortion” is the swirling, chaotic, and best example of the man dealing with the bad, while “Round of Applause” uses Afro-pop to deliver its flashy tale of taking the Detroit sound to the world. Get ready for some wicked humor too, as “Deadly Medley” throws insults like “ugly as Lady Gaga’s wardrobe,” and anyone who savors the sound of the drum will find the producer is a wizard at capturing it. This a major step forward and for the adventurous hip-hop fan, it could very well be appropriately titled.

Customer Reviews


This album is absolutely fantastic. I highly recommend it and after listening to this album for only a couple of minutes and its already changed my life. Check out all of bms albums they are spot on with all the new sounds he uses. He keeps dillas and detroits legacy alive. Amazing

Real Rap!

Really was album of the year when it dropped. This dude is really talented and puts Detroit on this back. Can't wait for his new project. So yeah click buy now its worth it.

Probably should've been...

This could have easily been considered hop hop album of the year...


Born: August 14, 1983 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Born and raised in Detroit on the sounds of A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul, Curtis Cross found out at an early age that he had a talent for hip-hop, especially for beats. He spent hours in his basement -- at first with just a cheap drum machine and a home karaoke system, eventually moving up to more sophisticated MPCs and samplers -- making tapes. One of these tapes got into the hands of fellow Detroiters Slum Village, who were impressed by what they heard and invited Cross to produce a track...
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