Black Milk - Fever
I chose to listen to Fever, the new record from rapper Black Milk, released under Mass Appeal Records. This album was an incredibly soulful, colorful, and overall very different for a hip-hop album. For starters, the production was insanely well-done. It was incredibly diverse, with thunderous tribal drums in one song, and airy, light synths in another. Every beat was undeniably unique, and didn't fall into the the trap many rappers fall into, using boring beats with nothing more than 808s, kicks, snares and hi-hats. Black Milk is also a fairly talented lyricist. His though-provoking bars kept me interested throughout the entire album. My only complaint would be 2 songs in particular where his flow does not match up well to the beat. In, "But I Can Be" and "2 Would Try" he seems to be rapping in a sort of break-beat flow/style and it doesn't work extremely well. There are several moments in this album where his flow doesn't fit well, and I'm not sure if it's intentional, a sort of stylistic choice, or just a simple oversight. There was also a trumpet sample in "2 Would Try" that is a bit dissonant and doesn't sound as good as I'd imagine the producer intended it too. This album was not anything too special, and I would most likely not listen to it again.
Author: Frank McLaughlin
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