New Music: Black Milk x Jack White “Brain” x “Royal Mega”

Here’s an unlikely pairing. Black Milk recently hooked up with Jack White of The White Stripes. The results are the two songs below. After the jump, Milk explains how the collaboration came about.

“Brain”

“Royal Mega”

It’s a pretty crazy feeling when you’re going about your regular, every day routine in the studio and all of sudden you get a phone call that Jack White wants to work with you. The email to my manager came from Jack White himself. My first reaction was one of shock that an artist like him, who most people would categorize as a rock star, would want to work with an independent hip-hop artist. My second reaction was surprise that he even knew I existed, even though we’re from the same city. Of course, my response was “Hell yeah! When and where do I need to be to make this happen?” A few back and forth emails led to my band (keyboardist AB; drummer Daru Jones and bassist Malik Hunter) and I taking a trip to Nashville to record at Jack’s home studio.

 Upon our arrival, Jack was the first person to greet us. From our brief discussion about music and things of that nature, I learned he discovered my music through the “Deadly Medley” video. Jack, a team of his musicians, my band and I wasted no time starting a jam session. I immediately felt the pressure of having to create two great songs in two days. Not only were we able to produce two tracks that we felt were great, but we were able to capture our individual sounds. I was prepared to follow Jack’s direction with the songs, but not long into the creative process it became clear that he wanted me to take the lead role as the producer. For a guy who is so well-respected and musically accomplished to humbly step into the recording room as one of many musicians and to trust me as the producer to do what I do best was pretty crazy and such an honor.

The jam sessions were recorded to tape, all on the first day. On the second day, I chose two of them to write to and spit my verses back to back. No “edit, undo” like recording digitally in Pro-Tools. On the third and final day, we toured Third Man Records (the most amazing place ever), shot photos for the project cover and sound checked for our show later that night. It was a great performance for an amazing crowd, but the craziest part of the night was seeing (and hearing) Jack White in the crowd, cheering us on like a fan and seeming to have more fun than everyone. As a bonus, the live show was recorded to tape (Black Milk Live at Third Man Records), and will be released on vinyl.

The time we spent in Nashville collaborating with Jack White was one of the greatest moments in my music career. It not only inspired me to continue to work hard as a producer, but also confirmed that staying true to my art, without compromise, can manifest into the type of rewards that money can’t buy.

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  • Donn

    Amazing how other genres have love for HIPHOP but HIPHOP doesnt have love for other genres. The fans that is…

  • Hatin 101

    ….Who is this and why should I care that he made music with some white boy?

  • AYHSIA*

    as black milk’s stock rise..

  • Alas

    interesting

  • IDONTHATEITELLTHETRUTH

    ….Who is this and why should I care that he made music with some white boy?

    OH MY GOD

  • COLD DEATH

    DOPE SHIT! BLACK MILK IS A REAL MC, AND GREAT PRODUCER! I RESPECT THE MIDWEST!
    JACK WHITE IS DOPE, TOO! I LIKE THE WHITE STRIPES!

    FUCK THE RACIST BITCHES! MY WIFE IS WHITE!

    P.S. I FUCKING HATE THAT YELLOW BASTARD ELLIOTT!

    WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

  • Citylivin’

    Black Milk = Underrated
    “Gospel Psychedelic Rock” “Over Again” “Welcome” “Deadly Medley” >>>>>>>>

  • BOZHENA

    good colab!

  • Horus The Illuminati Sock Puppet

    Now look what you’ve started Dan Auerbach! (And thank you for starting it)

  • bgirl

    This is nice. I dig it. New life into hip-hop. Great.

  • mac DIESEL

    BOTH THEM RECORDS IS SOLID!!!! BLACK MILK IS DOPE!!!!

    DON’T HATE ON MY OPINION!!!!

  • graffiti bandit

    @ Hatin 101

    Kill thy self.

  • Black+White

    Black Milk is your fave producer’s fave prod…..yeah you get it.

    Big collab for hip-hop.

  • Black+White

    Black Milk is your fave producer’s fave prod…you get it.

    Huge collab for hip-hop!

  • TonyM

    @IDONTHATEITELLTHETRUTH

    cause you’re a lump of shit.

  • Ac@pella!

    Not an unlikely pairing. They’re both from Detroit. Black Milk is underrated and so are The White Stripes. Detroit. We’re on the come up.

  • dmfslimm

    ickey thump is my favorite album from the white stripes. sorry they broke up.

  • Black+White

    Ac@pella! you drinkin’ some expired black milk if you think the White Stripes are underrated.

  • BK James

    Ehh, this ain’t bad but I was hoping it’d be a little bluesy

  • phraynkhp

    jack white is the shit

  • MOLO

    Refreshing. Whatever happened to the stuff Jay-Z was working on with Jack?

  • Sam

    If Jack White could rap, he would sell 100 million albums.

  • http://jasoncuthbert.blogspot.com/ According to Jason…

    Black Milk and Jack White should do an album together called: “BLACK JACK”.

  • dylan

    @hatin 101… you should listen to graffiti bandit… “kill thy self” .. its good advice, you’d be doing us all a favor… and id have to agree that you probably are a huge lump of shit.. I already know you are an ignorant, closed minded, racist fuck…
    –Oh and just so you know Jack White is the best musician of our generation.. and yeah he is a “white boy”
    That is all.