News: Black Milk Announces European Tour Dates

Adding 14 Dates in Europe to his “Play Like Hell” Tour, the Rapper/Producer Also Prepares to Release If There’s A Hell Below Instrumentals on Record Store Day



Critical Praise for Black Milk:

“Black Milk’s solo career represents a constant cycle of adopting and mastering new production styles and then abandoning them before they become crutches.” – Pitchfork

“His samples are elegant, his rhythms challenging and his drum kits tight.” – NPR

“Cross has no need for these extras; in his world of soul-tugging productions and machinegun-as-velvet delivery they are merely distractions. On this realization, and in the moment, it was hard not be floored by the obvious: this is what talent with genuine poise really looks and sounds like.” – Dallas Observer

“Striking an impressive balance between being rehearsed and spontaneous, he proved his chops as a multitalented artist once again.” – Okayplayer

“It feels like Christmas every time Black Milk blesses us with a new record.” – FreeOnSmash

The Tour:

Wrapping up the first half of North American dates on his Play Like Hell Tour, critically-acclaimed rapper and producer Black Milk will be hitting Europe this spring. Featuring his live band Nat Turner (keyboardist/vocalist Aaron “Ab” Abernathy, bassist Malik Hunter and drummer Z Horton), the first leg of North American dates began in Dallas and will wrap up on the west coast next week before detouring through Europe. Europe dates include stops in Switzerland, France, Germany, Holland, UK, Austria, Poland, and Sweden. The second half of North American dates will resume this June in Washington, DC and hit his hometown of Detroit. The Detroit rapper celebrated the beginning of his tour by releasing the first single since his If There’s A Hell Below album dropped last October with I Guess,” a lyrical onslaught with multi-layered samples with oscillating percussion. He will also release If There’s A Hell Below Instrumentals on vinyl this Record Store Day, April 18.

Respected as an accomplished musician with more than a decade of industry experience and a rich catalog of recordings, Black Milk has transitioned from one of hip-hop’s young rising stars to a veteran with a uniquely well-rounded pedigree. Aside from releasing his latest solo album, If There’s A Hell Below in October of last year via his own Computer Ugly label, he has been keeping busy working on collaborations with Bun B, Danny BrownBlack Thought, Robert GlasperAdrian YoungePete RockBadBadNotGood, and Blu. Known for producing meticulous live shows, Black Milk and his band will perform songs from If There’s a Hell Below as well as his previous albums.

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Black Milk “Play Like Hell Tour” with live band Nat Turner


Apr 10 – Los Angeles, CA – Los Globos
Apr 11 – San Francisco, CA – Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Apr 12 – Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s
Apr 14 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
Apr 16 – Portland, OR – Alhambra Theatre (Soul’d Out Music Festival)

Apr 24  – Basel, Switzerland – Kaserne
Apr 25  – Vevey, Switzerland – Rocking Chair
Apr 28  – Feyzin, France – L’Epicerie Moderne
Apr 30  – Mannheim, Germany – Feuerwache
May 02 – Bristol, United Kingdom – Start The Bus
May 03 – Groningen, Holland – Simplon
May 04 – Amsterdam, Holland – Melkweg
May 06 – Saint-Ètienne, France – Musitecture
May 07 – Rotterdam, Holland – Bird
May 08 – Stockholm, Sweden – Fasching
May 09 – Münster, Germany – Skaters Palace
May 10 – Warsaw, Poland – Warsaw Challenge
May 13 – Wien, Austria – Leopold
May 14 – Zürich, Switzerland – Exil

Jun 16 – Washington, DC at DC9
Jun 17 – Philadelphia, PA at Johnny Brenda’s
Jun 18 – New York, NY at The Studio at Webster Hall
Jun 20 – Detroit, MI at TBA
Jun 21 – Chicago, IL at Subterranean
Jun 22 – Minneapolis, MN at 7th St Entry
Jun 25 – Calgary, Canada at Sled Island Festival
Jun 27 – Vancouver, Canada at Fortune Sound Club
Jun 28 – Seattle, WA at Nectar Lounge

“I Guess”:

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Black Milk Background:

As one of the most celebrated producers and rappers of his generation of hip-hop artists, Black Milk has conditioned fans and critics to expect the unexpected with each release. Few producers have earned the notoriety and respect he has as a musician, and when that is coupled with commanding talent as an emcee, it’s no surprise that his solo releases are met with exalted anticipation. His new full-length album, If There’s A Hell Below, continues Black’s trend of releasing material that maintains his signature sound while pushing it into new territory.

With more than a decade of industry experience and a rich catalog of recordings, Black Milk has transitioned from one of hip-hop’s young rising stars to a veteran with a uniquely well-rounded pedigree. After scoring his first production credit for Slum Village as a teenager in 2002, he eventually worked closely with the group and co-produced much of their two following albums. His self-released, full-length project Sound of the City (2005) led to his first record deal, and he began to gain international attention for the soul-sample driven style on his proper solo debut Popular Demand (2007). With five solo rap albums (Popular DemandTronicAlbum of the YearNo Poison No Paradise and Glitches In The Break), an instrumental album (Synth or Soul), numerous collaboration albums (Caltroit with Bishop Lamont, The Set Up with Fat Ray, Black and Brown with Danny Brown, Random Axe with Sean Price and Guilty Simpson and Burning Stones with Mel), and 2 singles with Jack White behind him, Black Milk remains one of hip-hop’s most consistent artists.

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“I Guess”: //

“What It’s Worth”:

If There’s A Hell Below:

“Scum” ft. Random Axe:

“Gold Piece” ft. Bun B:

“Detroit’s New Dance Show”:

“What It’s Worth”:

No Poison No Paradise stream:

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