Album Stream: Black Milk – If There’s A Hell Below

The New York Times Debuts An Advance Stream of the Detroit-Bred Rapper/Producer’s Fifth Solo Album, Features Include Blu, Pete Rock, Bun B, Random Axe


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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

The Album:

With an official release slated for October 28th, Detroit-bred rapper/producer Black Milk shares an advance stream of his fifth solo album, If There’s A Hell Below, via the New York Times. The album will drop via Black’s own Computer Ugly label, and includes first-time collaborations with Blu, Bun B, and Pete Rock, in addition to appearances from past cohorts Random Axe, Ab, and Mel. Digital, CD, and vinyl pre-orders of the album are available on iTunes and Bandcamp. 

The advance album stream follows a series of hard-hitting singles from Black, including “Scum,” which released last week and reunites the Random Axe crew (Black, Sean PriceGuilty Simpson). “This blistering concoction from Donut Town’s torchbearer finds the trio of tried and true verbalists getting busy on a cut that knocks and stomps the whole way through,” says Okayplayer of the track. Last month, Black Milk released the album’s third single, Gold Piece,” with UGK‘s Bun B, a song Milk describes as a “story about how the only role models for young guys in the hood are the older guys that hustle on their blocks.” These aforementioned songs followed the bouncy “Detroit’s New Dance Show” and the self-reflective “What It’s Worth.”

“I’m never one to say which album of mine is the best, that’s for the fans to decide,” says the critically acclaimed Black Milk, “but at this point I feel like I’m making the best music of my career on a creative level and on a technical level. I think you’ll hear that in this new album.” Black is currently on his Fall Tour run with live band Nat Turner. Following jam-packed shows in NYC, Philadelphia, and Montreal, the group of musicians will be closing the tour with dates in Ottawa, Toronto, Chicago, and Toledo. This follows a recently concluded European Tour, which Black performed throughout August. Speaking on a past tour, LA Weekly shared praises, saying “Master of Ceremonies Black Milk was expertly both directing and starring in this show.”

Listen to the advance edited album stream via New York Times:

Pre-order the album, If There’s A Hell Below, on iTunes:

Pre-order digital and physical versions of the album:

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If There’s A Hell Below tracklist:

01. Everyday Was (ft. Mel)
02. What It’s Worth
03. Leave the Bones Behind (ft. Blu & Ab)
04. Quarter Water (ft. Pete Rock)
05. Hell Below (ft. Gene Obey)
06. Detroit’s New Dance Show
07. Story and Her
08. All Mighty
09. Scum (ft. Random Axe)
10. Gold Piece (ft. Bun B)
11. Grey For Summer
12. Up & Out


Purchase tickets for Black Milk’s Fall Tour:

Oct 21 – Ottawa, ON at Ritual
Oct 23 – Toronto, ON at Tattoo Queen West
Oct 24 – Chicago, IL at Reggie’s
Oct 25 – Toledo, OH at Frankies

Please contact Michelle or Rory if interested in talking with Black Milk.

Black Milk Background:

Black Milk is a producer and rapper born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. As one of the most-celebrated auteurs of his generation of hip hop artists, he has conditioned fans and critics to always expect the unexpected each time he releases new music. 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. He has been making music professionally since 2004 and has collaborated with many noted artists including Slum Village, J Dilla, Elzhi, Phat Kat, Frank-N-Dank, Lloyd Banks, Canibus and Pharoahe Monch and Jack White of The White Stripes. In 2010 he released Album of the Yearwhich perfectly captured his soulful, jazzy style. His fourth solo album, No Poison No Paradise, is available now. Releasing October 28th via his own Computer Ugly imprint, If There’s A Hell Below, is Black’s fifth solo album.

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Pre-order 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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