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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.   Parallels
  5.   Gospel Psychedelic Rock
  6.   365
  7.   Danger (Ft T3 & Phat Kat)
  8.   Ease Back
  9.   Tell Em (Ft Nametag)
  10.   Only One
  11.   Black Sabbath
  12.   Hell Yeah by Fat Ray
  13.   U's a Freak
  14.   Roam
  15.   Take It There
  16.   Can't Stop The Tide
  17.   10 Luv
  18.   Deep Breath Deep Bass
  19.   Money Bags (Paradise)
  20.   Ghetto Demf
  21.   Nandos
  22.   Dark Sunshine
  23.   Lol
  24.   Dada
  25.   Jordan VIII
  26.   Loosie
  27.   Sound Check
  28.   Tronie Summer
  29.   Overdose
  30.   Watch Em
  31.   I'm Out
  32.   Play the Keys
  33.   U
  34.   Perfected On Puritan Ave.
  35.   One Song
  36.   Without U/Electric Ribbon (Interlude) by Colin Munroe
  37.   Difference
  38.   Drunk Tweets
  39.   Over Again
  40.   Give the Drummer Sum
  41.   Welcome to the District
  42.   Just Like Anyone
  43.   When the Sky Falls
  44.   Dismal
  45.   Codes and Cab Fare
  46.   Welcome (Gotta Go)
  47.   Deadly Medley
  48.   Round of Applause
  49.   Try
  50.   The Matrix featuring DJ Premier
  51.   Bounce
  52.   Outro
  53.   Sound the Alarm
  54.   Luvin It
  55.   Action featuring Baatin
  56.   Three+Sum
  57.   Say Something
  58.   Shut It Down
  59.   Lookatusnow
  60.   Insane
  61.   Popular Demand
  62.   Pressure
  63.   Small Believer