Album: Black Milk & Nat Turner – The Rebellion Sessions

The Live Instrumentation LP is a Jazz-Funk Opus From the Longtime Touring Collaborators, Whose Europe Tour Kicks Off in May



Critical Praise for Black Milk:

“Black Milk’s solo career represents a constant cycle of adopting and mastering new production styles and then abandoning them before they become crutches.” – Pitchfork

“His samples are elegant, his rhythms challenging and his drum kits tight.” – NPR

“Cross has no need for these extras; in his world of soul-tugging productions and machinegun-as-velvet delivery they are merely distractions. On this realization, and in the moment, it was hard not be floored by the obvious: this is what talent with genuine poise really looks and sounds like.” – Dallas Observer

“Striking an impressive balance between being rehearsed and spontaneous, he proved his chops as a multitalented artist once again.” – Okayplayer

“It feels like Christmas every time Black Milk blesses us with a new record.” – FreeOnSmash

The Album:

Rapper/producer Black Milk is one of the most prodigious and versatile talents in the world of Hip-Hop and his latest left-turn might be his most ambitious yet. Enlisting his powerhouse live band Nat Turner, Black Milk releases The Rebellion Sessions, an instrumental album which he calls “a fusion of Jazz and Funk orchestrated from a Hip-Hop producer’s standpoint.” Orchestrated and produced by Black Milk, The Rebellion Sessions features Nat Turner (Aaron “Ab” Abernathy on keys, Malik Hunter on bass, and Zebulun “Z” Horton on drums). Although the guys have appeared on Black’s previous works, The Rebellion Sessions is the first project created by the four as a collaborative unit. The album, at times recalling the works of Fela Kuti,Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, Sly & The Family Stone, D’Angelo, and Robert Glasper, builds off Black Milk and Nat Turner’s incredible live show, honed over the course of years and more than 90 shows played worldwide in 2015 alone.

Black Milk & Nat Turner released a pair of singles leading up to today’s release. Announcing the project last month via The FADER, they shared the non-album vocal mix of “The Rebel,” featured on the instrumental album as “4 Blacks.” Lead single “The Knock” debuted via AFROPUNK, who noted that the track “cuts straight to the point, opening with a pleasant and steady stream of afro-beat-laden jazz rhythms which are adorned with ambiguous and complimentary backing vocals.” Reviewed by Pitchfork, Black Milk & Nat Turner’s The Rebellion Sessions is “a raw and unhindered affair that brings to mind organic hip-hop experimenters like Dilla and A Tribe Called Quest.” Black Milk & Nat Turner will embark on The Rebellion Tour in Europe this May, performing select tunes from The Rebellion Sessions in addition to songs from Black Milk’s extensive catalog, before hitting the road in the States.

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Black Milk & Nat Turner’s The Rebellion Tour kicks off in Europe on May 11th, before hitting the U.S. this summer.


5/11/2016  Zurich, Switzerland
5/12/2016  Lucerne, Switzerland (Südpol)
5/13/2016  Antwerp, Belgium (JC Den Eglantier)
5/14/2016  Bruges, Belgium (Muziekcentrum Cactus)
5/15/2016  Düsseldorf, Germany
5/18/2016  Vilnius, Lithuania
5/19/2016  Breda, Netherlands (Mezz Breda)
5/20/2016  Bordeaux, France
5/21/2016  Marseille, France (Nomad Café)
5/22/2016 Paris, France (Le Batofar)
5/23/2016  Budapest, Hungary (A38 Ship)
5/24/2016  Copenhagen, Denmark (Pumpehuset)
5/25/2016  Stockholm, Sweden (Fasching)
5/26/2016  London, UK (Brooklyn Bowl)
5/27/2016  Lausanne, Switzerland (Le Romandie Rock Club)
5/28/2016  Basel, Switzerland (Kaserne Basel)

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Black Milk Background:

As one of the most celebrated producers and rappers of his generation of hip-hop artists, Black Milk has conditioned fans and critics to expect the unexpected with each release. His first offering of 2016 is a live instrumental LP, The Rebellion Sessions, created in conjunction with the band Nat Turner (Aaron “Ab” Abernathy on keys, Malik Hunter on bass, and Zebulun “Z” Horton on drums). The album, out April 4th, is a product of a week-long jam session among the guys. It was recorded in one week and mixed and mastered by Black in another in December of 2015. Although the guys have appeared on Black’s previous works, The Rebellion Sessions is the first project created amongst the four as a collaborative unit. The album builds off Black Milk and Nat Turner’s incredible live show, honed over the course of years and more than 90 shows played worldwide in 2015 alone during Black Milk’s Play Like Hell Tour. This May, the guys will take their new show on the road, kicking off their Rebellion Tour in Europe before hitting the US in June and July.


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The Rebellion Sessions:

“The Knock”:

“The Rebel”:

CD Baby Artist Session:

“I Guess”: //

“What It’s Worth”:

If There’s A Hell Below:

“Scum” ft. Random Axe:

“Gold Piece” ft. Bun B:

“Detroit’s New Dance Show”:

“What It’s Worth”:

No Poison No Paradise stream:

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