Acquaintance Highlight: Black Milk

Black Milk
Photo by Mash Photography
I interviewed Black Milk for a start-up online hip hop magazine that may be defunct now, but I’m not sure. I won’t post the link for fear that it is, but the interview I did was solid. Trust me, okay?

Anyway, you may already know him; you may not. He’s the “It” guy from Detroit right now, so I want to give him some shine.

The dudes at 2 Dope Boyz posted a leak of a track off of his upcoming album Tronic, due out in October.

Peep more here.

Let’s discuss the homey Dante – Detroit’s hardest-working eMCee

Continuing with the exposé of solid musical contributions by friends and acquaintances, I would like to shine some light on my man Danté LaSalle Dauminique [Tucker]. I believe the homey is hanging out in Romulus these days. He’s been on the Vans Warped Tour playing the Code of the Cutz hip hop tent for the past two summers. In fact, this past tour he was a headlining act.

But peep, out of all of the rappers that I personally know – DANTE IS THE HARDEST-WORKING OF THEM ALL. He actually takes the DIY creed to heart. I mean, the man does most of the grinding himself from executive producing his records to getting his records in stores. Dante has his own label imprint that he releases all his projects (plug: Havoc). He has networked like crazy via throwing shows at The Blind Pig in Ann Arbor. It is not surprising that he’s one of the few that have landed a distribution deal through a digital media company, which these days is what everyone needs to get their music released. Dante tries to stay ahead of the joneses with creative output and surrounding himself with productive people. That’s why he’s my guy.

Here’s a music video of a seemingly unreleased track by Dante:

And what would a feature blog be without a couple tracks to download:
Dante f/ gambit the mc (aka ME – Brother G.A.M.) – Squawk & Roll
Dante f/ The White Stripes – Icky Thump remix

Some Extended Family – NewJack Hustle

Here’s a music video by some extended fam of an older song with a new video. The group is NewJack Hustle, who are Newman (of the group Giant Panda) on beats/raps and Shawn Jackson on raps. The video for “2 It” is from a song on their 12″ from 2006, which is a clever teaser for their album – Soundcheck – which comes out on October 21st on Tres Records. And I can’t lie, I have heard it and it’s going to be one of the best hip hop records of 2008. You heard the proclamation here first. Other than that, make sure you check out Shawn Jackson’s solo debut album, First of All…, already out on Tres.

“2 It” – New Jack Hustle (Shawn Jackson & Newman) from Shawn Jackson on Vimeo