After hearing the “Black & Brown” single on Black Milk’s Album of the Year last year, like many of you, I couldn’t stop playing the song on repeat. Danny Brown seemed to settle right in on a Black Milk production, and it was infectious. So when I heard this collab album Black and Brown was being put together, I was overwhelmed with anticipation. And now after listening to the album, it was for good reason. Like Guru (or Royce Da 5’9″) to DJ Premiere, or Eric B to Rakim, or Snoop Dogg to Dr. Dre, it feels like one of Black Milk’s purposes for being a producer was to create music for one of Detroit’s most prolific MC’s (that would be Danny Brown). It just fits…. perfectly. Although it seems like a very experimental, and sometimes off-in-left-field kind of album, next to Elzhi’s Elmatic, this has to be one of the best albums to come out of the D’s independent scene this year.
A gritty, heavy snare, dirty bass, razor sharp lyric laden hip-hop match made in heaven. But don’t take my word for it, listen to the album in its entirety below, feel the music, then buy it. THESE are the artists we all need to be supporting.
2011 has been a big year for both Black Milk and Danny Brown, and they’re punctuating the year with their anticipated Black and Brown EP, which drops November 1 on Fat Beats Records. Pre-order here at BlackMilk.biz or at your favorite local or online retailer (only $5.99 on iTunes).