From the minute this album begins, with its wavy dream-like samples, you get the feeling that this is going to be an out-of-this-world aural experience and when Black Milk starts to flow it brings to mind the classic flows of Andre 3000 from Outkast back on ATLiens.
There’s something about his floating vocals and distorted blend of samples that just makes you sway to the beat like you’re in a trance, but at times I still found myself longing for the more heavy-hitting approach of ‘If There’s a Hell Below’ or the more bouncy flows of ‘Popular Demand’. That’s not to undermine the sheer quality of this album, it’s definitely one of the best albums of the last few years, but I just didn’t quite connect with it in the same way as I did with some of his earlier music.
If you’re new to his music this is essential listening, but the Milk has definitely turned. (3.5)
Originally published in Weed World Magazine issue 136
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