Rapper/producer Black Milk is one of those people whose work behind the scenes garners more attention than his career as an artist. It all started for him when he was summoned to work on Slum Village's "Trinity: Past, Present & Future" after the departure of J Dilla. However, his work with them didn't stop there, as he would continue his working relationship with them on their third album "Detroit Deli: A Taste Of Detroit". He then would record his debut "Sound Of The City", which was followed by his sophomore effort "Popular Demand". However, things would change for him as he released the progressive rock inspired album "Tronic". It was the album that brought him more recognition and more work with other artists. By the time he went touring for the project, a series of personal tragedies threatened to derail his career. In 2010, he went into detail about his ordeals on the live instrument oriented "Album Of The Year". While Black Milk isn't known for making the same album twice, he decided to switch things up yet again.
In Fall 2013, he released his fifth studio album- the concept driven "No Poison No Paradise". The album is centered around a young man's survival on the rough streets of Detroit, Michigan. He reunites with a couple of past collaborators, such as singer Melanie Rutherford on the opening track "Interpret Sabotage" as well as keyboardist/singer Aaron "Ab" Abernathy on seduction themed "Parallels". However, joining him on other songs are more familiar names such as The Roots frontman Black Thought on "Codes & Cab Fare", while jazz pianist Robert Glasper and Dwele appear on the instrumental "Sonny Jr. (Dreams)". On the song "Deion's House", he talks of trying to get a friend out of the house, much to his mother's disapproval. Mello Music Group recording artist Quelle Chris appears on the synth heavy "Ghetto Demf", while singer/bassist Tone Trezure appears on "Black Sabbath". The first single is a song divided into two parts. The first song "Sunday's Best" covers the topic of a young man reflecting on growing up in the church to his downward spiral into a life of crime. The second song "Monday's Worst" details the same man being involved in a shooting and robbery late at night at a club. "No Poison No Paradise" is a good album from the underrated producer and rapper. While the album is ambitious and an acquired taste for some, it shows that Black Milk isn't afraid to step out of his comfort zone.