Black Milk - conducted by Todd E. Jones  

Black Milk Does A Body Good

February 2007

MVRemix: You have worked with a myriad of legendary artists like J Dilla, Canibus, The Dramatics, and more. Which collaboration was your proudest moment?

Black Milk: So far, I think I have to say the J Dillla collaboration and working with him on a few different occasions. It was when I got the chance to hear him on the 'Reunion' beat that was on Slum Village's 'Detroit Deli' album. I produced that track. We got it to Dilla and he came back. When J Dilla spit over one of my beats, that was like gold to me. He was my biggest influence as a beat maker and artist, period. This was before I met any of those dudes. Just to have him on my track was one of the dopest collaborations. I am glad that I was fortunate enough for that to happen. A lot of people didn't have that chance to work with him. I'm so glad that I had the chance to hear him over more than just a couple of my tracks. Plus, I would also say that the collaboration I just did with Pharoahe Monch was dope too.

MVRemix: What was the last incident of racism you experienced?

Black Milk: That's a tough question. To tell you the truth, once you mentioned racism, I thought of white people right off the top, but in this last incident, the person was not even white. I was just in New York about 2 or 3 weeks ago. As a Black man, I can't catch a cap during a certain time of night. It's hard to catch a cab, man. Me and my manager were coming from the studio and tried to catch a cab. They just kept on passing. Then, one stopped. We wanted to go to Brooklyn.

MVRemix: Ah, the cabs won't take you.

Black Milk: They won't take you. We were standing in Manhattan, but we had to go to Brooklyn for something. They wouldn't take us. There was this girl, who looked white, but she was just light skinned. We had here stand on the corner and my manager and I just stood away from her. She got a cab immediately. We hopped in and went on. That was crazy.

MVRemix: Besides 'Popular Demand', what should Black Milk fans look out for in the future?

Black Milk: On the Pharoahe Monch album, I got two tracks on there. One is called 'Let's Go' and the other one is called 'Bar Tap'. Monch's album is called 'Desire' and I think that should be dropping in April. I'm working on this Sean Price & Guilty Simpson album. Sean Price is from Heltah Skeltah and Boot Camp Clik as you know. It's a duo album. We got the word from Sean Price and he was like, 'I'm down to do it.' He mentioned it in a couple of interviews. I'm going to produce the majority of that Sean Price & Guilty Simpson project. That should be crazy. There is this kid from Dr. Dre's Aftermath label named Bishop Lamont. Me and him are like a 9 or 10 song EP together called 'Caltroit'. This will include Cali artists and Detroit artists with a few Cali producers and Detroit producers. I'm going to be doing some beats for the D. It's going to be me and him presented it. That should be out sometime this year. I'm working on a new Slum Village record.

MVRemix: Do you think that BR Gunna album that got shelved will ever be officially released?

Black Milk: Probably not, unless they reach out to me and have some money.

MVRemix: What was the title for that shelved BR Gunna album?

Black Milk: We did have a title for it. We called it 'Stars & Stripes'. That was one of the titles we were thinking of using for it. They have to come with a check for me and Fat Ray to make it happen.

MVRemix: Final words?

Black Milk: Check out the album, 'Popular Demand'. I'm coming with the style and new generation of what J Dilla and Slum Village put down for hip-hop. You know Premo and Pete Rock? I want to be like them. I'm influenced by all of those guys. I want to have it like them. The sound that I was inspired by? I want to take it and make it my own, yet make it appeal to a younger audience and the masses. Kanye West did it. He did regular hip-hop, but he found that niche to make it pop. I look to him for inspiration. He's doing creative music and being innovative. He's making music that is appealing to everybody. Thanks, Todd. This was cool. Most interviews are dry when the people are not familiar with the music, but you're cool and know your sh*t. This has been one of the dopest interviews I have had!

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