In 2005, without a label and with his group on hiatus, Black Milk went on to release Sound of the City, which was more of a mixtape than a typical album, on his own Music House Records
, and shortly thereafter worked on SV
's self-titled record. By this time, indie rap label Fat Beats
had heard Black Milk's work, which many compared to that of the late J Dilla
and producer/MC Madlib
; impressed, the label signed him in 2006 and issued his official solo debut, Popular Demand, in March of 2007. Late that same year, a joint Bishop Lamont
/Black Milk tape, mixed by DJ Warrior, hit the streets, a slightly modified version of which was mastered and released commercially by Music House
early in 2008, and just a few months later his collaboration with fellow Detroiter Fat Ray
, The Set Up, came out. In October, he capped off the productive year with the release of his second official solo album, Tronic.
He worked with a four-piece live band for 2010's Album of the Year, a heavily rock-influenced effort that featured guest artists Royce da 5'9"
. His 2013 effort, No Poison No Paradise, returned to electronic and hip-hop sounds and featured the single "Sunday's Best." If There's a Hell Below followed in 2014, with Bun B
and Pete Rock
among its guests. Two years later he released the all-instrumental album The Rebellion Sessions. The LP was a collaborative effort with his backing band, now billed as Nat Turner, named after a U.S. slave rebellion leader. ~ Marisa Brown, Rovi