•Released: Sept 14 2010
•Label: Fat Beats Records
•Naima rates this album a 5 out of 5
Another Detroit native has dropped fresh hip hop heat. Black Milk’s latest project, Album of the Year, truly lives up to its ambitious name. The D-town emcee/producer has always had a cutting edge sound equip with original tracks, adventurous drum patterns, and spit fire lyrics. Well, Album of the Year is simply no different.
Black Milk’s collaborations along with go go influenced beats, brings massive varity to the project. Appearances from hip hop vets such as Royce da 5’9” as well as some of R&B’s fresher faces gives the project a unique flare. The album also features something for everyone. Tracks like “Oh Girl” and “Over Again” give a smoother, chill sound while beat bangers such as “365” and “Keep Going” keep your head bobbing.
It’s interesting how every track takes different avenues to reach the same cohesiveness while bringing the listener into Black Milk’s thoughts and feelings from the year prior. Detroit continues to put it’s best foot forward in hip hop and yes, Album of the Year is truly a collector’s item…for true hip hop lovers.
“This is who you call the truest/out the newest fold/to people watching our every move like The Truman Show.” —Black Milk, “Deadly Medley”
Hey ya’ll! Happy Music Monday. I decided to start doing a blog entry every Monday with a list of songs that I like. I figured since I spend all Monday tweeting music links anyway, thanks to Twitter’s #musicmonday trending topic, I might as well devote a weekly blog entry to it as well. I posted links to all the songs too. Leave comments guys.
– Talib Kweli and Bahamadia: This track is from the 1999 project SoundBombing 2 and its nuts. The song is another great hip hop anthem. Talib Kweli:“We your rhyme sayers/ we lead you like a beacon
of light out of the chaos/cuttin down overzealous players who stare /we’re the winners of the game…” Talib Kweli and Bahamadia both have crazy flow and delivery on this track, while explaining the difficulty true emcees face in the hip hop game as far as the U.S. market is concerned. Bahamadia: “ My only option’s doin bootlegs for the Japanese/Get about eight G’s,/ a heavy buzz overseas/Sacrifice a pill to mainstream and do what I believe…”. This song captures the mind set of a true emcee. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTjlOV5mavk
Can’t Let Go
– Amerie: It may sound mushy, but this is a TRUE love song. I remember hearing it for the first time in D.C. (Amerie’s hometown) during a summer program at Howard U…I was 16. Of course I didn’t know what love was then (don’t know now either, but I got an idea lol) , but I knew I loved the song. The track itself is so clean with an old school R&B feel to it (the bass is stupid dope, pay attention to that), and Amerie shows her vocal skills as well with her backup and ad libs. I love this one! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mDUAhjGfTA
– Black Milk: The intro track Popular Demand is so amazing to me. I love how the beat drops in, then the sample picks up and then Black Milk comes in swinging, “So I say what up to the world/still rockin’ in advance/Black Milk, people’s choice, most popular demand..”. This track was a splinded way to open up an album this dope.
Oh My God
– A Tribe Called Quest: Classic! I miss the days of Tribe Called Quest collaborting with Busta. Phife Dawg’s hilarious metaphor’s and Q-tips smooth delivery make this song one of my favorite Tribe tracks. Q tip: “Listen up everybody the bottom line/I’m a black intellect, but unrefined /with precision like a bullet, target bound/just livin like a hooker, the harlett sound snow when I say the harlett, you know I mean the hott/heat of the equator, the brothers in the spot Jalick, Jalick ya wind up ya hit draftin’ of the poets, I’m the #7 pick/lick, lick, lick boy on your backside/lick, lick, lick boy on your backside/ listen to the fader..”. The Best. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETVwuOv69R0