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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.   365
  6.   Parallels
  7.   Insane
  8.   Outro
  9.   Bond 4 Life by Melanie Rutherford
  10.   Deep Breath Deep Bass
  11.   Shut It Down
  12.   Dada
  13.   U
  14.   S.O.T.C. (Ft Elzhi & Fat Ray)
  15.   Wtf
  16.   Welcome to the District
  17.   What It's Worth
  18.   Roam
  19.   Can't Stop The Tide
  20.   Only One
  21.   Difference
  22.   Make It Hard
  23.   Black Sabbath
  24.   X Chords
  25.   Sonny Jr. (Dreams)
  26.   Codes and Cab Fare
  27.   Interpret Sabotage
  28.   Lol
  29.   Jordan VIII
  30.   Welcome (Gotta Go)
  31.   Black and Brown/Mad Rapper Skit (Fatt Father) by Danny Brown
  32.   Over Again
  33.   Closed Chapter
  34.   Tronie Summer
  35.   The Matrix featuring DJ Premier
  36.   Hell Yeah by Fat Ray
  37.   Losing Out by Royce da 5'9
  38.   Bounce
  39.   Tell Em (Ft Nametag)
  40.   I'm Out
  41.   Say Something
  42.   Lookatusnow
  43.   Popular Demand
  44.   Play the Keys
  45.   Now We Gone
  46.   Ultrawide
  47.   10 Luv
  48.   Wish a N'gga Would
  49.   Heaven's Cry
  50.   Piano Moog
  51.   600
  52.   Perfected On Puritan Ave.
  53.   Ghetto Demf
  54.   Keep Going
  55.   If the Gods
  56.   Distortion
  57.   Hold It Down
  58.   Give the Drummer Sum
  59.   Take It There
  60.   So Gone
  61.   Three+Sum
  62.   Action featuring Baatin