Thursday, November 13, 2008

Certified Banger #6


I've been guilty through the first five entries of Certified Bangers of using this space to push songs that, although sonically pleasing, do not quite literally live up to the banger title. Wait, guilty might not be the right word; guilty seems to imply something inherently wrong with my previous choices, rather, I think it is just that I hadn't been able to find a new song that really was banging and great at the same time. Well, the wait is over.  Tronic, the new album from Detroit MC/Producer Black Milk, dropped earlier this month to little fan fare or any real hype. It might actually be the most slept on release of 2008 with most online and print zines ignoring this release altogether. Black Milk's sound is cut from the post-Dilla cloth, with his production feeling textured; full of beat breaks, beat kicks, vocal manipulations, and an overall flitting feel. His tracks are always full of interesting and subtle sounds which work to create dense songs that demand repeated listens. In the past it was Milk's lyrical skill which held him back to some extent, and it seemed as though his beats would ultimately fair better with a different MC rhyming over them. However, with this new release, he has cleared up any doubt about his lyrical skill, spiting fire on nearly every track and making Tronic one of the best releases of the year. And I'm not just talking rap releases, I'm talking one of the better overall releases of the year.

The standout track, or the one that bangs the hardest on the album, is "Hell Yeah". I know, the title isn't promising. It sounds like something that Nelly would make, but forget the bad title, this track combines everything that is great on Tronic into one incredibly tight song. The track is all throbbing synth, with a banging beat, a futuristic lazer-like loop, a few perfectly timed beat breaks, and a highly contagious hook that waxes about "coming with that heat shit, hell yeah". None of the lyrics on this track stand out in particular, but Milk brings an engaging flow that matches the intensity of the beat. But it's not the lyrics that are the main draw here, instead, it's the driving beat that seems to work its way into your head and stays there long after the extended outro finishes.

Side note: Black Milk also lends a hand on Invincible's Shapeshifters, one of my other favourite hip-hop releases of this year. Check that out here.

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2 comments:

Black said...

Now that is Certified...I still remember the first Banger that ol' Emjay unleashed on us at Bonnaroo. One hell of a good time...

emjay said...

ive been kickin freestyles to Milk's Popular Demand Instrumentals album ... you should check Sound The Alarm Remix Feat. Royce and Guilty Simpson.

nice banger...