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Black Milk

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 on their 2002 mixtape Dirty District, as well as on their official full-length Trinity (Past, Present and Future). After that, Cross, who was going as Black Milk, teamed up with producer RJ Rice, Jr. (or Young RJ) as the group B.R. Gunna, rhyming and making beats on the duo's 2004 release Dirty District, Vol. 2. That same year, Slum Village, who were looking for production work because usual beatmakers Waajeed and Kareem Riggins were busy with other projects, hired B.R. Gunna for 11 of the 13 tracks on their Detroit Deli LP. In 2005, without a label and with his group on hiatus, Black Milk went on to release Sound of the City, which was more of a mixtape than a typical album, on his own Music House Records, and shortly thereafter worked on SV's self-titled record. By this time, indie rap label Fat Beats had heard Black Milk's work, which many compared to that of the late J Dilla and producer/MC Madlib; impressed, the label signed him in 2006 and issued his official solo debut, Popular Demand, in March of 2007. Late that same year, a joint Bishop Lamont/Black Milk tape, mixed by DJ Warrior, hit the streets, a slightly modified version of which was mastered and released commercially by Music House early in 2008, and just a few months later his collaboration with fellow Detroiter Fat Ray, The Set Up, came out. In October, he capped off the productive year with the release of his second official solo album, Tronic. He worked with a four-piece live band for 2010's Album of the Year, a heavily rock-influenced effort that featured guest artists Royce da 5'9" and eLZhi. His 2013 effort, No Poison No Paradise, returned to electronic and hip-hop sounds and featured the single "Sunday's Best." If There's a Hell Below followed in 2014, with Bun B and Pete Rock among its guests. Two years later he released the all-instrumental album The Rebellion Sessions. The LP was a collaborative effort with his backing band, now billed as Nat Turner, named after a U.S. slave rebellion leader. ~ Marisa Brown
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  1.   Song
  2.   Sunday's Best
  3.   Monday's Worst
  4.   Gospel Psychedelic Rock
  5.   Parallels
  6.   365
  7.   Make It Hard
  8.   Hell Yeah by Fat Ray
  9.   Perfected On Puritan Ave.
  10.   Wtf
  11.   Round of Applause
  12.   The Matrix featuring DJ Premier
  13.   Elec (Outro)
  14.   Testflight
  15.   Losing Out by Royce da 5'9
  16.   When the Sky Falls
  17.   Beat Of Remix
  18.   Lol
  19.   Superman
  20.   Lookatusnow
  21.   Why I'm Here
  22.   Heaven's Cry
  23.   80's TV Show
  24.   Dismal
  25.   Jordan VIII
  26.   Loosie
  27.   Black and Brown/Mad Rapper Skit (Fatt Father) by Danny Brown
  28.   Oh Girl
  29.   Keep Going
  30.   Distortion
  31.   Deadly Medley
  32.   Reppin for U featuring AB
  33.   Without U/Electric Ribbon (Interlude) by Colin Munroe
  34.   Outro
  35.   Three+Sum
  36.   So Gone
  37.   Tronie Summer
  38.   Interpret Sabotage
  39.   Insane
  40.   If the Gods
  41.   Just Like Anyone
  42.   10 Luv
  43.   Only One
  44.   U's a Freak
  45.   Sound Check
  46.   Bond 4 Life by Melanie Rutherford
  47.   Ultrawide
  48.   Welcome (Gotta Go)
  49.   Popular Demand
  50.   Roam
  51.   Please Don't Say You Care
  52.   Small Believer
  53.   Drunk Tweets
  54.   Piano Moog
  55.   Higgs Boson
  56.   Codes and Cab Fare
  57.   Deion's House
  58.   Dada
  59.   Zap
  60.   Try
  61.   Sound the Alarm