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    Black Milk - No Poison No Paradise

    Black Milk - No Poison No Paradise


    A real sense of wisdom and maturity that can only come through time are prevalent throughout what’s already being called one of the hip-hop albums of the year. Detroit-based producer/emcee Curtis Cross a.k.a. Black Milk has gone down the concept road for his sixth studio album ‘No Poison No Paradise’, and it’s transpired into something both heartfelt and meaningful. Milk details his upbringing through the eyes of the character ‘Sonny’, seemingly meant to represent himself at that age, dealing with all the hardships he struggled with when growing up. Throughout the album Sonny is straddling the line between right and wrong, facing peer pressure and dealing with overtly Christian parents forcing their beliefs on him, and he often doesn’t come out doing the right thing despite his best intentions. Musically the production on this album is for the most part excellent, but that’s no different from past Black Milk work. What’s different here is his leap forward in skill and delivery as an emcee (notably ‘Sunday’s Best’), finally matching his ability as a producer that makes this album feel so much more sincere when listening through it as a concept. This is definitely an exciting new direction for Black Milk, and one that looks set to pay off both commercially and critically in an age where hip-hop is all but dead.

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