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). Five solo rap albums (Tronic, Album of the Year, No Poison No Paradise, Glitches In The Break, If There’s A Hell Below), an instrumental album (Synth or Soul), a live instrumental album with his touring band Nat Turner (The Rebellion Sessions), numerous collaboration albums (including Black and Brown with Danny Brown and Random Axe with Sean Price & Guilty Simpson), 2 singles with Jack White and numerous other productions (including Danny Brown’s “Really Doe” ft. Kendrick Lamar, Ab Soul and Earl Sweatshirt) later, Black Milk remains one of hip-hop’s most consistent artists. Bringing his numerous recordings to life with live band Nat Turner, Black Milk has also been recognized as a genuine and poised performer, one of hip-hop and music’s most acclaimed live acts.
Black Milk’s next full-length rap album is scheduled for release in February 2018 via Nas’ Mass Appeal Records.
“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 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
“As the performance soared into a free-form jam, it was apparent that Mr. Cross and the band had succeeded in pushing the music far from the boundaries of any single genre.” – Wall Street Journal
“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