Hip-Hop: Year in Review 2010
Published Nov 27, 20104. Black Milk Album of the Year (Fat Beats)
It might seem a bold claim but Album of the Year isn't necessarily a titular brag by Black Milk ― it represents a year of the Detroit rapper/producer's life when death and disease were afflicting close friends and family. But instead of innervisions and mourning, AOTY is more like an exercise in joyful catharsis. While he'll still be a better beat maker than rapper to many, Black Milk's flow and content show significant improvement and his production has an invigorating, sophisticated, psych-rock edge to it. Don't fret ― the neo-soul funk sound of the D is still there, Black Milk's just working it out.