So it took me a awhile to piece together this post for Black Milk”s Tronic. It was released last Tuesday [10/28/08] to mixed reviews. All generally read the same: “it’s an okay album, but not Black Milk’s best” or “It’s a great album, but it’s been done before”. I say fuck that bullshit. Contrary to popular belief or Popular Demand, Black Milk is an artist.. And when you’re an artist you have to deal with creative integrity vs. Popular Demand. Tronic is one of those albums that challenges you as a listener to go beyond your comfort level of sound.
Black Milk – Bounce
On the opening track “Long Story Short”, Black Milk gives you a historical run down of his time in the game up until now. it starts off with somber piano notes that manifests into a hard drum pattern highlighted with horns provided by fellow Detroit artist Dwele. With the majority of the album containing live instrumentation, it’s interesting to see how they counteract with the album’s electronic sound; songs like “Give The Drummer Some”, “Without U”, “Hold It Down”, “Hell Yeah” and “Tronic Summer ” feature heavy electronic synths that succeed in maintaining their soul–[think NERD without all of the wannabe rock riffs.]
Black Milk – Losing Out ft. Royce Da 5’9″
On songs like “Reppin for You” and “Bond 4 Life”, fans will see a shift in Black Milk’s presence on tracks by coming to the forefront vocally and lyrically while using light production. They’re both semi-mainstream friendly, but they still don’t lose that underground edge. Production wise, Black Milk is a beast, but his skill with the pen has always been criticized. [I'm a fan of his double talk flow]. On this album it seems as if he’s concentrated more on content and came up with solid concepts and was able to hold his own along side featured guests Royce Da 5’9″, Pharaoh Monch and Sean Price [LORD JANSPORT! lol] All and all, Tronic is an album that challenges us as listeners, and Black Milk as a producer. He took a chance with a different sound and went beyond his trademark sample heavy beats. He still came out with a bangin ass record.