Black Milk

Black Milk

Biography

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.

Discography

Black Milk - Sound Of The City Vol. 1

Black Milk - Sound Of The City Vol. 1

Music House 2005
Black Milk - Broken Wax: The EP

Black Milk - Broken Wax: The EP

Music House 2006
Black Milk - Popular Demand

Black Milk - Popular Demand

Fat Beats 2007
Fat Ray & Black Milk - The Set Up

Fat Ray & Black Milk - The Set Up

Music House, Fat Beats 2008
Black Milk - Tronic

Black Milk - Tronic

Fat Beats 2008
Black Milk - Album Of The Year

Black Milk - Album Of The Year

Fat Beats, Decon 2010
Black Milk & Danny Brown - Black And Brown!

Black Milk & Danny Brown - Black And Brown!

Fat Beats 2011
Black Milk - Black And Brown Instrumentals

Black Milk - Black And Brown Instrumentals

Fat Beats 2012
Black Milk - No Poison No Paradise

Black Milk - No Poison No Paradise

Fat Beats Records 2013
Black Milk - Synth Or Soul

Black Milk - Synth Or Soul

Computer Ugly 2013
ChrisCo & Black Milk - Soul EP

ChrisCo & Black Milk - Soul EP

TaxFree Muzik 2013
Black Milk - Glitches In The Break

Black Milk - Glitches In The Break

Computer Ugly 2014
Black Milk - If There's A Hell Below

Black Milk - If There's A Hell Below

Computer Ugly 2014
Black Milk - If There's A Hell Below Instrumentals

Black Milk - If There's A Hell Below Instrumentals

Computer Ugly 2015
Black Milk & Nat Turner - The Rebellion Sessions

Black Milk & Nat Turner - The Rebellion Sessions

Computer Ugly 2016

Guest Appearances

Slum Village - Detroit Deli (A Taste Of Detroit)
  • Zoom

Slum Village - Detroit Deli (A Taste Of Detroit)

Capitol Records 2004
Phat Kat - The Undeniable
  • Red Alert

Phat Kat - The Undeniable

Barak Records 2004
Slum Village - Slum Village
  • Hear This

Slum Village - Slum Village

Barak Records 2005
Phat Kat - Carte Blanche
  • Danger

Phat Kat - Carte Blanche

Look Records 2007
Nametag - Ahead Of The Basics
  • Tell 'Em

Nametag - Ahead Of The Basics

Raw Material 2007
The Away Team - Training Day
  • Chitter Chatter

The Away Team - Training Day

Hall Of Justus 2007
Kidz In The Hall - The In Crowd
  • Middle Of The Map Pt. 2

Kidz In The Hall - The In Crowd

Duck Down, Major League Entertainment 2008
Jake One - White Van Music
  • I'm Coming

Jake One - White Van Music

Rhymesayers Entertainment 2008
Guilty Simpson - Ode To The Ghetto
  • Run

Guilty Simpson - Ode To The Ghetto

Stones Throw Records 2008
Elzhi - The Preface
  • Fire (Rmx)

Elzhi - The Preface

Fat Beats 2008
Buff1 - There's Only One
  • Never Fall

Buff1 - There's Only One

A-Side Worldwide 2008
Elzhi - EuroPass (An Exclusive Tour CD)
  • Fire

Elzhi - EuroPass (An Exclusive Tour CD)

Libido Sounds 2008
Oddisee - Mental Liberation
  • Drugs Outside

Oddisee - Mental Liberation

Mello Music Group 2009
Nottz - You Need This Music
  • Blast That

Nottz - You Need This Music

Raw Koncept 2010
Apollo Brown - The Reset
  • Hungry

Apollo Brown - The Reset

Mello Music Group 2010
Cris Prolific - Art/Money Vol. 1
  • Innovators

Cris Prolific - Art/Money Vol. 1

45 Scientific 2010
Declaime & Georgia Anne Muldrow - SomeOthaShip
  • Heaven Or Hell

Declaime & Georgia Anne Muldrow - SomeOthaShip

Mello Music Group 2010
Ro Spit - The Glass Ceiling Project
  • Detroit 101 (Bonus Track)

Ro Spit - The Glass Ceiling Project

Not On Label 2010
Robert Glasper Experiment ‎- Black Radio Recovered: The Remix EP
  • Letter To Hermione

Robert Glasper Experiment ‎- Black Radio Recovered: The Remix EP

Blue Note 2012
House Shoes - Let It Go
  • Crazy

House Shoes - Let It Go

Tres Records 2012
14KT - Nickel & Dimed
  • Crown

14KT - Nickel & Dimed

Mello Music Group 2012
Nametag & Nameless - For Namesake-Redo
  • Oxymoron (Remix)

Nametag & Nameless - For Namesake-Redo

Brick Records 2013
DJ EFN - Another Time
  • We Earned It

DJ EFN - Another Time

Redefinition Records 2015
JP One - Fire & Brimstone 2
  • Rise To Power

JP One - Fire & Brimstone 2

Gifted & Talented, LLC. 2015
Slum Village - YES
  • We On The Go!!!

Slum Village - YES

Ne'Astra Music 2015
Stik Figa - Central Standard Time
  • The Ends & Outs

Stik Figa - Central Standard Time

Mello Music Group 2017

Compilations

BR Gunna - Dirty District, Vol. 2
  • Man Up

BR Gunna - Dirty District, Vol. 2

Ne'Astra Music 2004
Young RJ - Dirty District 3
  • Welcome To The District

Various - Dirty District Vol. 3: Hosted By Brucie B.

Barak Entertainment 2006
Slum Village - Dirty District
  • Freestyle

Slum Village - Dirty District

Ne'Astra Music 2009
Self Sacrifice
  • Ease Back

Various - Self Sacrifice

Mello Music Group 2012

Production

Duck Down Records Presents Collect DIS Edition
  • That's What's Up

Various - Duck Down Records Presents Collect DIS Edition

Duck Down Records 2003
Elzhi - Witness My Growth
  • Are U Ready (Gunna)

Elzhi - Witness My Growth

Libido Sounds 2004
BR Gunna - Dirty District, Vol. 2
  • Man Up

BR Gunna - Dirty District, Vol. 2

Ne'Astra Music 2004
Slum Village - Slum Village
  • Hell Naw!

Slum Village - Slum Village

Barak Records 2005
Canibus - Hip-Hop For Sale
  • Da Facelift

Canibus - Hip-Hop For Sale

Babygrande Records 2005
Phat Kat - Carte Blanche
  • Hard Enuff

Phat Kat - Carte Blanche

Look Records 2007
Pharoahe Monch - Desire
  • Let's Go

Pharoahe Monch - Desire

Island Records Group, Universal Records 2007
Wildchild - Jack Of All Trades
  • Ox To The D

Wildchild - Jack Of All Trades

Fat Beats 2007
Strange Fruit Project - The Lost Documents Volume 1
  • The Feeling

Strange Fruit Project - The Lost Documents: Vol. 1

Black Son Ent, Spilt Milk 2007
Nametag - Ahead Of The Basics
  • Tell 'Em

Nametag - Ahead Of The Basics

Raw Material 2007
GZA/Genius - Pro Tools
  • 7 Pounds

GZA/Genius - Pro Tools

Babygrande Records 2008
Guilty Simpson - Ode To The Ghetto
  • The Real Me

Guilty Simpson - Ode To The Ghetto

Stones Throw Records 2008
Elzhi - The Preface
  • The Leak

Elzhi - The Preface

Fat Beats 2008
Sean Price Presents Ruste Juxx - Indestructible
  • Duck Down!

Sean Price Presents Ruste Juxx - Indestructible

Duck Down Records 2008
Kidz In The Hall - The In Crowd
  • Middle Of The Map Pt. 2

Kidz In The Hall - The In Crowd

Duck Down, Major League Entertainment 2008
Pumpkinhead - Picture That (The Negative)
  • Fiyakrakaz

Pumpkinhead - Picture That (The Negative)

Red Army Inc. 2008
Brooklyn Academy - Bored Of Education
  • What's The Buzz

Brooklyn Academy - Bored Of Education

Gold Dust Media 2008
Buff1 - There's Only One
  • Never Fall

Buff1 - There's Only One

A-Side Worldwide 2008
Invincible - Shapeshifters
  • Recognize

Invincible - Shapeshifters

Emergence Media 2008
Torae - Daily Conversation
  • Switch

Torae - Daily Conversation

Internal Affairs 2008
DJ K.O. Presents Picture This...
  • Start It All Over

Various - DJ K.O. Presents Picture This...

Shaman Work 2008
Nametag - Courtesy Of Ambition
  • All Tracks

Nametag - Courtesy Of Ambition

Volume Up Entertainment 2008
Elzhi - EuroPass (An Exclusive Tour CD)
  • Fire

Elzhi - EuroPass (An Exclusive Tour CD)

Libido Sounds 2008
Skyzoo - The Salvation
  • Penmanship

Skyzoo - The Salvation

Duck Down, Jamla 2009
KRS-One & Buckshot - Survival Skills
  • Runnin Away

KRS-One & Buckshot - Survival Skills

Duck Down 2009
Blame One - Days Chasing Days
  • Perseverance

Blame One - Days Chasing Days

Soulspazm Records 2009
Finale - A Pipe Dream And A Promise
  • Motor Music

Finale - A Pipe Dream And A Promise

Interdependent Media 2009
Elzhi - The Leftovers: Unmixedtape
  • Deep

Elzhi - The Leftovers: Unmixedtape

Not On Label 2009
5 Ela - ...Will Be Televised
  • Pipebomb!!!

5 Ela - ...Will Be Televised

Not On Label 2009
Slum Village - Dirty District
  • Real Life

Slum Village - Dirty District

Ne'Astra Music 2009
Declaime & Georgia Anne Muldrow - SomeOthaShip
  • Shine On

Declaime & Georgia Anne Muldrow - SomeOthaShip

Mello Music Group 2010
Random Axe - Random Axe
  • All Tracks

Random Axe - Random Axe

Duck Down 2011
Freestyle Fellowship - The Promise
  • Candy

Freestyle Fellowship - The Promise

Decon, Project Blowed 2011
Slaughterhouse - Slaughterhouse
  • Everybody Down

Slaughterhouse - Slaughterhouse

E1 Entertainment 2011
Skyzoo - A Dream Deferred
  • Steel's Apartment

Skyzoo - A Dream Deferred

Duck Down, The Faculty 2012
Self Sacrifice
  • Ease Back

Various - Self Sacrifice

Mello Music Group 2012
Black Milk - Glitches In The Break
  • All Tracks

Black Milk - Glitches In The Break

Computer Ugly 2014
Black Milk - If There's A Hell Below
  • All Tracks

Black Milk - If There's A Hell Below

Computer Ugly 2014