Album review: Black Milk, "Tronic" 

When talking about J Dilla's legacy, one can discuss Black Milk, another producer/emcee from Detroit strongly influenced by Dilla. While his work could have been considered derivative of Dilla's in the past, this album sees Black Milk branching out and developing his own style. On Tronic, Milk works with measured risk, using unusual drum patterns without sacrificing that head-nod factor. Live instruments subtly complement the sample-laden beats, and everything sounds crisp and sharp. Lyrically, Milk delivers clever wordplay with a commanding voice, but his subject matter isn't developed enough to allow the songs to pack any emotional punch.

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