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Detroit native Curtis Cross, better known as Black Milk, got his start making tapes in his basement with a drum machine and a karaoke system. Eventually he upgraded to working with more sophisticated MPC’s and samplers and his tapes were being passed around. Detroit based hip hop group Slum Village got a hold of one of his tapes and invited Cross to produce a track on their 2002 mix tape Dirty District as well as their album Trinity (Past, Present and Future) released that same year. After that he collaborated with producer RJ Rice, Jr. to form the group B.R. Gunna and produce more tracks for Slum Village. While B.R. Gunna was on hiatus, Black Milk released his own mixtape, Sound of the City, on his own label, Music House Records. Indie rap label Fat Beats were impressed by the tape and released his first official solo album Popular Demand in 2007. Cross has since made a name for himself both producing for other artists and releasing his own music. Black Milk and Jack White co-produced his “Blue Series” single “Brain” and the B-side “Royal Mega.”