Detroit, Michigan, also known as the Motor City, once churned out car after car, its economy booming. But just as the auto industry has changed and evolved, so has the city that was once home to Hitsville U.S.A, and so too has one of Detroit’s most prominent artists: Black Milk. The multitalented producer and emcee has worked with many of his hometown’s leading acts, including Jack White, Slum Village, Royce da 5’9”, and has done his part to push both Detroit and hip-hop forward through a unique blend of Golden Age-esque samples and electronic musings. The release of his latest album, FEVER, is no different.
Largely praised for its warm sound and sociopolitical stance, Black Milk’s seventh studio project was, as it turns out, largely unplanned. “It’s crazy how time flies,” he told The 10,000 in an exclusive sit down interview. “My last project came out three or four years ago, and I kind of just go with the flow; it’s never super strategic. I go with however things feel to me, where I’m at musically, where my inspiration is at and what I want to talk about. I just felt like it was the right time.”