Release Date: Feb 23, 2018
Record label: Mass Appeal
Respect must be paid. Black Milk, if you hadn't noticed, has long been one of the best sounding producers in hip hop. The Detroit Dilla disciple has practically grown into something of a rapping Brian Eno with his attention to detail and knack for intricately ambitious sound textures. You know before you dive in: a Black Milk album is going to sound lush.
It's bad news for a football player when a scout marks him down in a draft report as having tight hips. The suggestion is a lack of fluidity, a general sense of strain. It's a weighted assessment generally reserved for skill players, like running backs or wide receivers, for whom looking stiff can forecast injury or inertia. Black Milk used to rap like a skill player with tight hips.
As a followup from his 2016 instrumental album The Rebellion Sessions, Black Milk comes out with a new solo rap project, Fever. Black Milk has redefined his voice and artistic style for this project, with reggae- and jazz-infused beats and politically motivated lyrics. The production from his last project was not incorporated into this album; since his last project was accompanied with vocals by Nat Turner, Black Milk embraces his own voice on Fever, further proving his unique artistry. Black Milk articulates his experience navigating the tense political climate in the United States. In the opening track "unVEil" he reveals the strength it took for him to bring pen to paper to discuss why the issues of today has put him in rage..