The future of hip-hop is now and lives in Detroit. Put aside the claims that hip-hop is dead and focus your attention on the underground rap scene that is blowing up in Motor City. Black Milk, Detroit native and regarded by many as the heir to the J Dilla throne, has teamed up with Fat Ray on The Set Up LP. The latest track from the duo is “Bad Man” featuring Guilty Simpson and Scorpion. Taking a reggae-inspired hook and a potent snare-heavy Black Milk beat, the track rips through the speakers with unwavering energy. Lyrically, the song centers on the state of everyday life in the hood of Detroit, as Guilty Simpson rhymes, “You’d better have a vest in place, they still get tech 9’s in section 8 / Get low then let the gat spray, Detroit’s best like Milk and Fat Ray.” Not everything is serious though – Fat Ray shares his sense of humor when talking about other rappers with “They even mix gangsta with gospel / that’s like selling cocaine at a Costco.”
Deemed Artist of the Year in 2007 by Detroit’s alternative weekly, Real Detroit Weekly, Black Milk follows up his recent Caltroit and Popular Demand releases with an all new collaborative LP with dirty district emcee, Fat Ray. All 11 tracks of the The Set Up are produced by Black Milk, and include guest spots from Guilty Simpson, Elzhi of Slum Village, Nametag, Scorpion, and Phat Kat. The Set Up is the inaugural release for Black Milk’s own label, Music House. Also due this year are a new Black Milk solo album and a collaborative project with Sean Price and Guilty Simpson. Fat Ray and Black Milk are two-thirds of the Detroit trio BR Gunna, whose album Dirty District, Vol. 2 (2004 Barak Records) was critically acclaimed and sold over 20,000 units.
“Bad Man” featuring Guilty Simpson and Scorpion