Published Mar 14, 2016Following several tours together, Detroit rapper/producer Black Milk has announced he's prepped a full LP with longtime live collaborators, Nat Turner. Their joint release, The Rebellion Sessions, is due April 4 through Black Milk's Computer Ugly imprint.
The set marks the first full-length release from Black Milk since 2014's If There's a Hell Below, which Nat Turner helped the rapper support on tour. This new LP includes 10 collaborative tracks captured during a week-long recording session in Dallas.
Speaking with Fader, Black Milk noted that the album is intentionally sparse, with arrangements often kept to the close-knit unit of drummer Z, bassist Malik Hunter and Aaron "Ab" Abernathy on the Fender Rhodes.
"I knew the less we had to work with the more creative we would have to be," Black Milk said. "I also kept it stripped down so that when we played live shows, the songs sound exactly how they do on the album. Most of the album is a fusion of jazz and funk orchestrated from a hip-hop producer's standpoint."
The project is being teased with a stream of a non-album B-side called "The Rebel." You'll find the cut below, along with the tracklisting for The Rebellion Sessions and some info on Black Milk's upcoming round of tour dates with Slum Village. The trip includes a stop in Victoria, BC, at the end of the month.
The Rebellion Sessions:
1. The Ancient Rebellion
3. The Knock
4. Just a Thing
6. Electric Spanking
7. Take 2
8. You Need This Light
10. 4 Blacks
03/22 Tucson, AZ - Hotel Congress
03/23 Los Angeles, CA - The Regent Theater
03/24 Modesto, CA - Fat Cat
03/25 Oakland, CA - New Parish
03/26 Palm Springs, CA - Hard Rock Cafe
03/28 Sacramento, CA - Harlow's
03/29 Eugene, OR - HiFi Music Hall
03/30 Portland, OR - Star Theater
03/31 Victoria, BC - Club 9One9
04/01 Bellingham, WA - Wild Buffalo
04/02 Seattle, WA - Neptune Theater
04/05 Grand Junction, CO - Thunderstruck Valley
04/06 Denver, CO - Cervantes' Other Side
04/07 Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
04/08 Tulsa, OK - The Vanguard
04/09 Iowa City, IA - Mission Creek Festival
04/10 Omaha, NE - Slowdown
04/12 New Orleans, LA - Howlin' Wolf
04/13 Chattanooga, TN - Revelry Room
04/15 Chicago, IL - Promontory
04/17 Detroit, MI - The Majestic Theatre
04/18 Philadelphia, PA - Johhny Brenda's
04/19 New York City - The Highline Ballroom
04/21 Boston, MA - The Middle East