Record Label: Fat Beats Records
In 2011, hip hop artists from Detroit have continued to create some of the most celebrated music in the genre, and no one is raising the standard in the underground as high as Black Milk and Danny Brown. After their collaborative track “Black and Brown” from Black’s LP Album of the Year became a fan favorite, the two decided to record an entire EP together, fittingly titled Black and Brown. While the aforementioned track appears on the EP, the remainder of Black And Brown sees Danny Brown exclusively handling mic duties, with Black Milk showcasing his masterful production.
Black Milk’s Album of the Year dropped in September 2010 to strong reviews and an impressive showing on the Billboard charts, and his stock has continued to rise ever since. Performing with a live band for over 80 shows on a worldwide tour in support of the album, he has established himself as one of rap’s best live performers. He also became the first rap artist to record and release music with rock superstar Jack White, who co-produced and played on the much-publicized “Brain” 7-inch single on White’s label Third Man Records. Never straying from his hip hop roots, Black Milk also serves as a member of the group Random Axe (with Sean Price and Guilty Simpson), and entirely produced their successful self-titled 2011 full-length release.
Danny Brown first gained wide recognition with the release of his album The Hybrid as a free download in March 2010. Since the release, he’s emerged as one of rap’s most distinct new voices. The shock value of his drug- fueled and sex-laden rhyming has been frequently compared to the early works of Eminem, and his ear for progressive beats as well as his unique fashion sense has made him a favorite with critics. His latest project XXX was released as a free download in August 2011, and was instantly hailed as one of the top rap albums of the year by artists and fans alike, while receiving heavy coverage from media outlets like Pitchfork, MTV, and The Fader.
This Instrumental Collection of Necro features heavy Beat Classics of Necro Albums like “I Need Drugs” as well as various productions for other artists including Non-Phixion, Ill Bill, Cage, & Missing Linx!
Ivan Ave can’t do wrong. After dropping his critically acclaimed “Low Jams” EP with Mndsgn (Stones Throw), he now is back with another project to hold you over till his solo LP entirely produced by Mndsgn will drop early spring 2016. “Frutiful” though, was entirely produced by his Norwegian partner in crime Fredfades, who has been making noise in his own & has a handful of releases under his belly. Proving Norwegian HipHop is cool as Norwegian outdoor temperature, his versatile sound largely incorporating his incredible collection of rare modern soul and boogie is the perfect backdrop for Ivan Ave’s poetic tales about urban life, relationships and daily observations. Just like his project with MNDSGN, Ivan seems to have a gift in finding producers with which he manages to create coherent projects that don’t sound thrown together... Follwoing their “Brains” from 2009 & “Breath” EP 2014 by Fred and Ivan, the “Fruitful”LP was a just the next logical step, after Ivan moved to Oslo. The two started to hang out more and started recording new music. Fred took care of the mixing and tried to make a red line sound wise. The combination of these two is so fresh and brings a new, whilst still classic, sound to the game with a little help from guests such as Jakarta’s own JuJu Rogers and Fresh Daily. Ivan Ave’s solo album, entirely produced by Mndsgn will drop early in 2016.
After a two year hiatus, the Hi-Ht Club returns with volume 7 of the Melting Pot Music producer series. The Hi-Hat Club layed the foundation of the German beatmaker scene of today and kicked off the careers of artits like Twit-One, Suff Daddy, Dexter, Brenk Sinatra and Full Crate. Back in 2009 MPM hooked-up with photographer Robert Winter with the mission to give the burgeoning a platform and a good look too.