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Black Milk – “Dismal”


23 September 2013 No Comment

Detroit rapper/producer Black Milk recently released the official track list for his upcoming album No Poison No Paradise, and has now dropped a new single entitled “Dismal.” Having structured the album conceptually as the semi-biographical tale of fictional character Sonny Jr., which includes non-linear elements of Sonny’s dreams, aspirations, and memories, Black Milk explains “I wanted each song to represent a different stage of Sonny’s life. On ‘Dismal,’ he’s battling with himself to regain his position at the top.” As a youth, Sonny Jr. dreamt of becoming a successful rapper or athlete, and the song describes a point in his life where he is dealing with feelings of failure and depression stemming from his life’s struggles, and also functions as an inner monologue where he must fight with his conscience to decide what he must do to move forward.

This type of multilayered meta-textual discourse within a single track is a particularly unique element of Black Milk’s album, and something that speaks to the substantive nature of this project. “It was enjoyable to create a song where i jump back and forth between the character’s voice and that of his conscience,” says Black Milk, who also experimented with a more electronically-tinged production style for this track, continuing to demonstrate his determination to progress and grow his artistic repertoire.

Black Milk’s 28-date No Poison No Paradise Tour with Quelle and DJ Sober is currently underway. Check below for tour dates.

Listen to the song here:  https://soundcloud.com/blackmilksoundcloud/dismal

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