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Black Milk
Black Milk performing live in Toronto at The Great Hall, 2012
Black Milk performing live in Toronto at The Great Hall, 2012
Background information
Birth nameCurtis Eugene Cross
Born (1983-08-14) August 14, 1983 (age 40)
OriginDetroit, Michigan, United States
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • Vocals
  • drums
  • turntable
  • sampler
  • keyboards
  • synthesizer
  • Rhodes piano
  • drum machine
Years active2002–present

Curtis Eugene Cross[1] (born August 14, 1983),[2] better known by his stage name Black Milk, is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer.[3][4]


In addition to Slum Village, Black Milk has worked with J Dilla,[5] Elzhi, Phat Kat, Frank-N-Dank, Lloyd Banks, Canibus, Pharoahe Monch, RZA, Danny Brown, Black Thought, T3 and many more throughout his career.

In 2004, Black Milk formed B.R. Gunna with Young RJ and Fat Ray. Together they released Dirty District: Vol. 2, a follow-up to a compilation released in 2001 by Slum Village, to which Black Milk had contributed production. In 2005, he released a solo album, Sound of the City, Vol. 1, signing a record contract with Fat Beats Records in 2006 (Fat Beats is currently distributed by Koch Entertainment, the largest independent distributor in the U.S.). In the fall of 2006, he released an EP, titled Broken Wax, and handled most of the production on T3's Olio mixtape.[citation needed] On March 13, 2007, he released his second album, Popular Demand.[3]

Black Milk at Treefort Music Fest in 2015.

Black Milk released an album with Fat Ray entitled The Set Up on March 4, 2008, and his third official solo release "Tronic" on October 28, 2008. He also handled the majority of production on Elzhi's album The Preface, released August 12.[6] (He also produced four of the tracks on Elzhi's "The Leftovers Unmixedtape" project, released on December 11, 2009.)[7]

On December 25, 2009, Black Milk leaked the first single from his album Album of the Year. The song is called "Keep Going". He also released two more singles named "Welcome (Gotta Go)" and "Deadly Medley" featuring Royce da 5'9" and Elzhi.[8][9] On August 22, 2010, he released the music video for "Deadly Medley", which featured Royce da 5'9" and Elzhi.[10] On September 14, he released Album of the Year through Fat Beats and Decon.

In March 2011, Black Milk released a 7" single entitled "Brain". The single was the result of a collaboration between Black Milk and his band (AB, Daru Jones and Malik Hunter) and Jack White of the White Stripes. A B-side, titled "Royal Mega", was also released.[11]

On October 15, 2013, Black Milk released his a new album titled No Poison No Paradise, which included features from Black Thought of The Roots, Mel, Robert Glasper, Dwele, Quelle Chris, Ab and Tone Trezure, as well as additional production from Will Sessions.[12]

On March 4, 2014, Black Milk released an entirely self-produced EP titled Glitches in the Break. The project consists of nine previously unreleased tracks and features guest appearances from Guilty Simpson and Fat Ray. A 12" vinyl edition of the EP was made available on Saturday, April 19.[13]

On October 28, 2014, Black Milk released his sixth album titled If There's a Hell Below, features guest appearances by Blu, Bun B, Mel, Ab, Pete Rock, Gene Obey, and Random Axe.


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  1. ^ "ACE Repertory: CROSS CURTIS EUGENE". ASCAP. Retrieved December 25, 2017.
  2. ^ "Long Story Short". genius.com. ML Genius Holdings, LLC. Retrieved 2023-03-06.
  3. ^ a b Marisa Brown (1983-08-14). "Black Milk | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
  4. ^ Zwicker, Kristen (2011-04-19). "Q&A: Black Milk | Music, Blogs, The Volume blog | reviews, guides, things to do, film - Time Out New York". Newyork.timeout.com. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
  5. ^ Jones, Kevin. "Black Milk’s Reign ", Exclaim!, December 2008.
  6. ^ Elzhi - The Preface, 2008-08-12, retrieved 2023-06-24
  7. ^ "elZhi – The Leftovers Unmixedtape - Blackout Hip Hop". 2009-12-11. Retrieved 2023-06-24.
  8. ^ "Black Milk "Welcome (Gotta Go)"". 92 Q. 2010-09-29. Retrieved 2023-06-24.
  9. ^ "Black Milk (Ft. eLZhi & Royce da 5'9") – Deadly Medley", Genius, retrieved 2023-06-24
  10. ^ Black Milk - Deadly Medley (feat. Royce Da 5'9" & Elzhi), retrieved 2023-06-24
  11. ^ "Black Milk - "Brain" & "Royal Mega" (Co-Produced by Jack White)". Hypebeast. 2011-07-12. Retrieved 2023-06-24.
  12. ^ "Black Milk Announces New LP 'No Poison, No Paradise' Okayplayer". Okayplayer.com. 2013-08-05. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
  13. ^ "Stream Black Milk's "Glitches In The Break" EP In Its Entirety". Hotnewhiphop.com. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  14. ^ "Black Milk Announces New Album Fever, Releases "Laugh Now Cry Later"". Spin.com. 17 January 2018. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  15. ^ "Detroit MC Black Milk Announces New EP 'DiVE'". Hypebeat.com. 14 July 2019. Retrieved October 4, 2019.

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