Black Milk

'Album of the Year'

Dazzling Detroit producer speaks with his beats

Spin Rating7 of 10

Black Milk has one of the liveliest production styles in hip-hop, mixing instrumental funk with loose, chopped beats reminiscent of J Dilla. On his fourth full-length, he keeps the focus rhythmic, layering percussive jams like "Distortion" and "Keep Going" with crashing cymbals and pounding bass drums. The crisp arrangements often overshadow his stiff, stentorian delivery, but he still manages to convey moments of both personal loss—the death of mentor/Slum Village rapper Baatin—and professional triumph.

By Mosi Reeves

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