Black Milk and Danny Brown have both been busy the last couple years: Black with his acclaimed 2010 solo record Album of the Year and this year’s Random Axe LP with Sean Price and Guilty Simpson; Brown with two remarkable full-lengths, last year’s The Hybrid and XXX which just dropped back in August. As each continue their own meteoric rise — Black Milk is fresh off his Jack White collab and Danny Brown just got signed to Fool’s Gold Records — it’s wholly satisfying that they decided to enter each other’s orbit for the Black and Brown EP.
Black Milk’s production is as stellar and cinematically soulful as ever, one part Stones Throw psych-hop, one part neo-Dilla chipmunk soul-chops. He also spits a solid verse on the title track, but the rest of the vocal work is handled by hip-hop’s resident force of nature Danny Brown. And Danny Brown is… well, Danny Brown. Misogynist, but so painfully clever, foul-mouthed and offensive, manic, hilarious, and brutally detailed— on the mic the man is an absolute beast.