Curtis Cross, (born August 14, 1983) better known as Black Milk, is a hip hop producer and MC from Detroit, Michigan. Cross cites some of his main musical influences as J. Dilla, Easy Mo Bee, Pete Rock, Questlove, A Tribe Called Quest, and De La Soul. His music is very soulful, as he was raised on the sounds of the latter two in the 80s and 90s. The late producer J. Dilla had a large impact on him with his soul-influenced, jazzy beats.
In 2004, he formed B.R. Gunna, with Young RJ, and Fat Ray, and together they released "Dirty District: Vol. 2", a follow up to a compilation released in 2001 by Slum Village, which he had contributed production to. Black Milk released a solo album, "Sound of the City, Vol. 1", the following year and in 2006 he signed a record contract with Fat Beats Records (Fat Beats is currently distributed by Koch Entertainment, the largest independent distributor in the U.S.). In the fall of 2006, he released an EP, entitled "Broken Wax".
On March 13, 2007 he released a second album, "Popular Demand". Black Milk released an album with Fat Ray entitled "The Set Up" on March 4, 2008 and his third official solo release "Tronic" on October 28, 2008. He also handled the majority of production on Elzhi's album "The Preface", released August 12. "Album Of The Year" was released on September 14, 2010 through Fat Beats and Decon. Black Milk has announced he has already started work on his 5th studio album which he aims to finish and release some time in Summer 2012.