12th August | Fleece
After spending the beginning of the millennium working with the legendary J Dilla, then part of the infamous collective Slum Village, the already well-respected producer, Curtis Cross began to look towards his own career forming in the smoke of the Detroit rap scene.
The first proper release from the artist arrived in the shape of a follow up to Slum Village’s Dirty District, simply titled Vol.2, this compilation acted to solidify Cross’ movement from producer to performer with impressive critical success. However it was 2005’s Sound of The City that truly gave birth to the moniker Black Milk.
In the following years it was Cross’ unique blend of big beat hip-hop and soul-inspired composition that began to make waves in several performance and producing circles, opening up avenues for the rapper to begin working with a slew of respected musicians across several genres. RZA and Danny Brown can be counted amongst Black Milk’s colleagues, with tendrils reaching as far and wide as Jack White, who worked on the fantastic 2011 single ‘Brain’.
The next cut from Cross’ catalogue dropped in 2018 to an incredibly warm critical reception. Fever has been praised for its progressive and diverse array of musical influence ranging from soul and funk to jazz and electronica. This tour accompanies his eleven-track EP DiVE, released early this month, further showing that even after two decades in the business, Black Milk remains one of hip-hop and rap’s most important figures.
Listen to ‘Black NASA’ (feat. Sam Austins) here: