Black Milk and Nat Turner Band FEVER TOUR wsg Slangston Hughes

With more than a decade and a half of industry experience and a rich catalog of recordings, Black Milk has transitioned from one of hip-hop’s young rising stars to a virtuoso with a uniquely well-rounded pedigree as a producer, rapper and performer. Returning to the scene amidst a turbulent political climate, Black Milk’s latest album, FEVER, is a socially aware body of work with a multi-genre soundscape, building on his style of fusing electronic programming with live music. The album is out now via Mass Appeal Records and Black’s label Computer Ugly.

For FEVER, Black admits he deliberately wanted to shift his tone. “I wanted to make a more colorful, feel-good album because I felt like my last two albums were pretty dark. Of course, between the election and the intense political and social climate, it was hard for me to stay on that feel-good vibe.” The result is a fluid 12-track album with flashes of that optimism Black Milk intended amongst serious subject matter, such as police brutality and the mental and emotional impact of social media. Musically, Black continued to build on the sound he began crafting with 2010’s Album of The Year, in which he fuses the electronic programming he’s known for with live music to create a multi-genre soundscape with both modern and vintage textures. All-star percussionists Chris “Daddy” Dave and Daru Jones, longtime collaborator Malik Hunter (bass), and newcomers Ian Fink (keys) and Sasha Kashperko (guitar) helped bring Black Milk’s vision, of creating beautiful genre-bending compositions with his signature hard-hitting drums, to life. Featured vocalists Dwele, Aaron “Ab” Abernathy, and Sudie (a producer / vocalist signed to Black’s Computer Ugly label) serve to juxtapose Black’s heavy lyrical content with airy vibes.

Over the past 15 years, Black Milk has amassed a dynamic portfolio. After scoring his first production credit for Slum Village as a teenager in 2002, he eventually worked closely with the group and co-produced much of their two following albums. His self-released, full-length project Sound of the City (2005) led to his first independent record deal, and he began to gain international attention for the soul-sample-driven style on his proper solo debut Popular Demand (2007). Five solo rap albums (Tronic, Album of the Year, No Poison No Paradise, Glitches In The Break, If There’s A Hell Below), an instrumental album (Synth or Soul), a live instrumental album (The Rebellion Sessions) with his touring band Nat Turner, numerous collaboration albums (including Black and Brown with Danny Brown and Random Axe with Guilty Simpson and the late Sean Price), two singles with Jack White and numerous other productions (such as Danny Brown’s “Really Doe” ft. Kendrick Lamar, Ab Soul and Earl Sweatshirt) later, Black Milk remains one of hip-hop’s most consistent artists. Bringing his numerous recordings to life with live band Nat Turner, Black Milk has also been recognized as a genuine and poised performer, one of hip-hop and music’s most acclaimed live acts.

Slangston Hughes, THE Connoisseur of Fine Rhyme, can be summed up in the following quote from fellow emcee, Mr. J'ai: "The future of hip-hop has arrived.

Slangston Hughes' music is a fresh blend of sensible lyrics, head bobbing beats, and unpredictably witty wordplay. Slangston is pushing the envelope and destroying all stereotypes of what a Southern emcee is supposed to sound like. He represents the new movement of unheard, progressive New Orleans rap." Hughes’ first mixtape, Money & The Message, featured original production from Blaze the Verbal Chemist, Jon Jackson of American New Wave Media Group, and New Orleans Power 102.9 FM’s own DJ Mike Swift. Money & The Message emphasizes lyrical tenacity and subject matter with meaning.

Hughes was the first ever two and three-time winner of the Microphone Co-Rivalry Emcee Competition, a tournament-style, crowd judged emcee contest. Hughes, both as a solo artist and as a member of the New Orleans supergroups Tygah Woods and Superugly, has opened for Rapper Big Pooh of Little Brother, Mickey Factz, Lyrics Born, Wise Intelligent, and the Asian Hip-Hop Summit tour.

Slangston is currently founder and co-host of Uniquity, a monthly showcase that highlights the variety of talent in New Orleans and honors the city’s musical roots, backed by the live fusion jazz band, Fo On the Flo. Slangston is also a contributing author to New Orleans: The Underground Guide (2010).

Available late summer 2010, Slangston Hughes’ mixtape, Nu Growth, will be available for digital download and at local retailers. It is a reflection of his progression as an artist and promises to be his most complete work to date.

A symphony of color, aroma and rich character sure to leave an impression IN RAP FORM!

Awards:

2011 - New Orleans Hip-Hop Award Recipient (Group of the Year)

2013 - Sweet Home New Orleans Certificate of Completion (Accessing Revenue Streams Course)

2015 - REVOLT TV Local Love Tour (NOLA) and McDonald's Creative Invite Selected Artist

Current Location:
New Orleans, LA

Influence:
My daily occurrences and experiences, my peers within and outside the New Orleans Hip-Hop community, Mama Hughes.

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