(March 5, 2009-Brooklyn, NY) Detroit rappers Black Milk and eLZhi are embarking on a month-long, 14-venue tour across Europe later this month to promote Black Milk’s latest solo album TRONIC, which was released in October. eLZhi, member of the Detroit rap group Slum Village, released his Black Milk produced solo album The Preface on Fat Beats Records in August. Both The Preface and TRONIC made many critics’ Top Ten lists for best hip-hop album in 2008.
This will be the second European tour in the last five months for the two, having toured there last fall in promotion of Black Milk and Bishop Lamont’s album Caltroit. That tour featured Black Milk, Bishop Lamont, eLZhi, Guilty Simpson, and Sean Price, and brought the Detroit brand of hip-hop to a European fan base. “It is always good to go to Europe because there is so much energy in the crowd and so much love over there,” said Black Milk of performing overseas.
Black Milk has quickly risen to the top of the underground hip hop scene since the release of his solo album Popular Demand and has since produced and appeared on tracks for artists such as GZA/Genius, Busta Rhymes, Pharoahe Monch, Kidz in the Hall, Kardinal Offishall, Guilty Simpson, and Strange Fruit Project, among others. Now, with the success of TRONIC and eLZhi’s The Preface, this second European tour promises to be even bigger than the first.
Thurs-March 19 Mainz, GERMANY TBA
Fri-March 20 Manchester, UK Mint Lounge
Sat-March 21 London, UK Cargo
Tues-March 24 Heidelberg, GERMANY Karlstor
Wed-March 25 Berlin, GERMANY Cassiopeia
Thurs-March 26 Duisburg, GERMANY Hundermeister
Fri-March 27 Arnhem, NETHERLANDS Loxor Live
Sat-March 28 Paris, FRANCE Batofar
Tues-March 31 Bremen, GERMANY Zucker Club Delmenhorst
Wed-April 1 Copenhagen, SWITZERLAND Rust
Fri-April 3 Barcelona, SPAIN Rote Fabrik
Sat-April 4 Madrid, SPAIN ClubbersDay Fest Telefonica Arena
Wed-April 8 Basel, SWITZERLAND TBA
Thurs-April 9 Biel, SWITZERLAND Coupole
Fri-April 10 Zurich, SWITZERLAND TBA
Sat-April 11 Cologne, GERMANY Luxor
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In only a few short years, Black Milk has quickly become one of underground hip-hop’s foremost ambassadors. Realizing his vast reservoir of talent, both independent and mainstream artists looked to Black to give their albums a raw underground sound. Black has since produced and appeared on tracks for an impressive roster of hip hop artists including Genius/GZA, Busta Rhymes, Pharoahe Monch, Kidz in the Hall, Kardinal Offishall, Guilty Simpson, and Strange Fruit Project, among others. Most recently, Black released two albums, The Set Up with Fat Ray and Black Milk Presents Caltroit with Bishop Lamont. Black also handed nearly all the production on elZhi’s The Preface, an album that is making many critics’ Top 10 lists for 2008 and bringing serious attention to Detroit’s music scene. Black also produces and rhymes as a member of the ground Random Axe with Sean Price and Guilty Simpson and will release a full-length album in early 2009. TRONIC is available on CD, vinyl, and digitally via Fat Beats Records now.
Also, check out this video on the history of Fat Beats Records, bringing you fresh, independent hip hop since 1994.
The Matrix Featuring Pharoahe Monch, Sean Price, and DJ Premier