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Black Milk - "Scum" ft. Random Axe

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If you remember my favorite albums of 2013 list, then you know the last Black Milk album made the cut. No Poison, No Paradise was easily one of the most conceptual and gritty releases in Milk's discog so far, so it's gonna be interesting to see him follow it up.

Surprisingly, the Detroit rapper-producer is doing that sooner rather than later, setting his next full-length release date for October 28th. The title of this upcoming album: If There's A Hell Below. This lead single from it features verses from Random Axe, which is the name of Black Milk's collaborative rap trio with Guilty Simpson and Sean Price. Each of them bring a verse to the table on this track, but the beat switches up every time a new MC hops on the song. While it kinda hurts the cohesion of "Scum," it certainly keeps things interesting. It's sort of like a medley, I suppose.

Price and Simpson are on their best lyrical behavior--even with lines like "I dislike the dude that said I dislike you." While it's not the best I've heard from Milk, it's got the potential to sound better in the context of an album.