My first Black Milk experience proved to be an enlightening one as I got to enjoy his storytelling skills as well as bear testament to his deft production. Sorry I slept on him this long, true his not a very technically adroit rapper but his narrative-weaving skills more than make up for this shortcoming. Great album!
Let's be serious here, Album of the Year was marginally disappointing, it's clear that Cross has improved in the production department, something he never really needed to do, but lyrically he is quickly getting better. While behind the mic was never his strength, his work behind his own beats have steadily improved and No Poison No Paradise is one of hip-hop's best records this year because of it. Its inner-sense of struggle and darkly brooding industrialized atmosphere only blooms when introducing his past roots with Detroit soul and jazz and brash sampling.