Black Milk - Glitches In The Break

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"Glitches In The Break" adds another notch to Black Milk's belt as an equally talented emcee and producer across multiple genres.

Last summer, after years of decline, the city of Detroit filed for bankruptcy, making it the largest American city to do so. Detroit’s Hip Hop scene, however, has endured no such failure.

Much like the city’s storied past, Detroit’s Hip Hop roots are built upon some of the genre’s most notable artists. From legendary beat maker J Dilla, to emcees like Eminem and Royce da 5’9, Detroit has continued to produce talented mainstream and underground acts. With the release of his fifth major project, Black Milk has cemented his legacy of one of Detroit’s next Hip Hop greats.

Comprised of just nine tracks, Glitches in the Break is a testament to a time when the geography of Hip Hop looked unrecognizable to today; a time so revered it has been dubbed as the genre’s Golden Age. With Jazz-inspired beats that sound like they’re fresh from the MPC of Pete Rock, and a dexterous flow, Black Milk once again leads his fans in taking back a part of Hip Hop that often lays buried beneath memories of ringtone Rap. And for a fleeting 22 minutes, he is triumphant.

After an intro as frantic and lively as an old western saloon, the EP’s second track “Dirt Bells,” proclaims its arrival with the loud vibrations of a xylophone, accompanied by the classic drum elements of a Hip Hop beat. “Ayo they sleeping on ‘em hard, they sleeping on ‘em / Used to dream about, think about the long road / Back seat limos to award shows / Hitting off such and such, hanging out with so and so,” begins Black Milk, reflecting on his quest for fame—a theme found throughout the EP.

Far from the commercial status of big-time wordsmiths like Jay-Z and Kanye West, Black Milk’s musings are intended instead as an open letter to his fans filled with stories of his struggles faced on the way to success, something every rapper, famous or otherwise, can relate to. But Black Milk’s career is far from over, and lines like, “Since 2005, on the rise moving freely / So to the loved ones that’s broken hearted, before I depart this planet gotta finish what I started,” serve as a motivational tool to the 30-year-old producer/emcee and offer reassurance to his fans.

If “Dirt Bells” is intended to offer insight into the mind of Black Milk, the following track—“Ruffin”—allows the talented rapper a chance to tout his accolades and recount the hardships of his hometown. “Yeah, yeah, mean with the axe / From a scene where they put beans on your back / You either sell packs or you either sell raps / 16-year-old spitting 16s in the trap,” he raps, following the track’s chorus: “Put ya life on the line/Real walk, real talk, put your life in the rhyme.”

Passionate rhymes are nothing new in Hip Hop’s underground, but the ease with which Black Milk delivers his verses, switching his flow from cocky and fierce to introspective and calm, validates his claim as a top-notch emcee.

While Black Milk is undoubtedly a talented lyricist, his production is what gives Glitches In The Break its character. Produced entirely by the Detroit native, Black Milk’s latest project offers up a mix of body-moving beats like the electronic-infused “1 for Dam” and slower, Dilla-esque Jazz/Soul-based rhythms like “Cold Day,” one of the EP’s standout tracks. With a refined level of experimentation and attention to detail—along with what appears to be a close study of J Dilla—Black Milk’s latest venture commands respect.

Glitches In The Break does have its flaws, including the offbeat experimental track “Silence,” but the outstanding production of tracks like the instrumental and sample-only “Break” only add to Black Milk’s prowess one of underground Hip Hop’s better rising artists.

23 Comments

  • Olivier F.

    This EP is a real piece of jewelry ! Incredible beats and samples, incredible flows, incredible collabs, just listen to it, this is dope

  • CW

    Silence is amazing! Ruffin, 1 for Dam... next level beats imo.

  • Anonymous

    Accurate review in my opinion. However based on the other commentary here, I think maybe a percentage of your subscribers are prepubescent fans of pop and ad rap which records such as this were never ended to appeal to. Black Milk is and always has been a HipHop ARTIST in the most definitive sense of the phrase, which means he is not looking to be anyone's advertisement or entertainer, the dude is merely interested in creating music. With taking that into consideration maybe HIpHopDX should take a little more responsibility and begin doing your part by holding yourself's at least partially responsible for the lack of education so many of your audience seems to be expressing. An excellent way to begin to educate these kids is by absconding from promoting music which serves no real purchase in anything progressive relating to the art form.

  • 8 mile & Kelly

    Best hip hop producer in the game for years. He musta knew that no poison was absolute ass. Cause there are songs on glitches that shoulda been on that. He is mad talented and wants to be known more. Danny Brown came out 3 years after him and warps his notability and awareness. Talib, Common, Q-tip, etc. (ALL dilla associates) don't mess with him for some reason. He needs to do some videos, podcasts, etc. And get public. He's very talented but he is keeping to himself. If he stays in this lane he will continue to be that dope dude no one really knew existed. Glitches 3/10

  • Anonymous

    The cover looks like something Riff Raff had on in that Action Bronson music video.

  • word up magazine

    Sounds about right to me.

  • rel

    Another gem from Black Milk

  • theD

    black milk has been my favorite producer for a while now, and he always drops quality tracks. he is the man. isn't my favorite emcee, but still good and his production is beyond dope. i want to see him produce a full LP for either Danny Brown, Elzhi again, or Royce

  • So Icy Boi!

    boring ass rapper, this kid is really irrelevant. all of his labums went multiple wood lmao. his beats and lyrics are wack as fuck. swag

    • JayDub

      Yeah, agree on the tiring use of irrelevant, as though the guy has the ability or knowledge to make that statement. Also some basic literacy skills and correct grammar and capitalisation wouldn't go amiss... If they had a point to make, they lose it through looking dumb. Then argue as if it doesn't/shouldn't matter, but it does. The album is a strong one, beats on point, experimental but not too off the wall, lyrics are OK. Black Milk deserves the royalties of that one.

    • BIGED

      THATS CUZ THIS KID SUCKS COCK..WE ALL KNOW HES THE SAME FAG AS DENTALDAM THE CUM CATCHER

    • titooo

      I'm tired of reading so many kids and adults with lack of vocabulary that have to use the word irrelevant every time they want to criticize something.

    • Anonymous

      Trolling aint gonna get ya no where.

  • Anonymous

    Dope shit as usual real hiphop

  • karan

    thank you black milk

  • poop

    Glitches In The Break does have its flaws, including the offbeat experimental track Silence It's a different kind of beat and I personally like it. By the way, it's not offbeat.

  • Anonymous

    Didn't even know that he had an album coming out.