Detroit-born emcee and producer Black Milk has a sound that defies convention. “Progressive music,” he calls it. It blurs genres and crosses stylistic boundaries (like that time he collaborated with Jack White). He also, for instance, went on tour with a four-piece band comprised of bass, guitar, keyboard, and a DJ. But when people approach him to comment that his sound is a throwback to so-called "real" hip-hop (a debate that’s waged in media of late), he rejects it.
People look at me and say things like, ‘you’re producing that real hip-hop … That sh-t gets annoying after a while. Like, what is ‘real hip-hop’? What the f–k is that? It’s all music. Some of it’s good, some of it’s bad. But I’m not necessarily trying to be waving the flag for real hip-hop. I’m just trying to be the one that’s waving the flag for the artist that’s creating progressive music.”
Such is the confident voice of Black Milk, one of hip hop’s rising stars.