Black Milk mixtape x DivaSpeak TV 30 x MC Lyte vs. Mae Day

Before I edit/type these stories for MichiganHipHop and HipHopDX, just a few gems to knock you over with.

Black Milk’s released a new free mixtape, Elec, this week through HipHopDX. A warm-up release for his upcoming album Tronic, Elec compiles highlights from Black Milk’s catalog that have been released since his breakthrough album from last year, Popular Demand. Considering all the work he’s put out since then – The Set Up album with Fat Ray, Caltroit with Bishop Lamont, most of the beats on Elzhi’s album The Preface, and much more – this tape is surprisingly complete, but it still just shows how prolific Black Milk has been and how much he’s grown, both as a producer and as an emcee. I’m really impressed by the approach that Fat Beats and Audible Treats have taken to promote this album: between this, the Music From The Purple Tape download, leaks of two songs (“Give The Drummer Sum” and “The Matrix”), MiHipHop’s video of him in the studio, and the impending “Give The Drummer Sum” video, they’re really doing some great things to get the word out about the project. Scoop up your copy of Tronic on October 28! | HipHopDX

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This is episode 30 of Amanda Diva’s ultra-ill YouTube series, Diva Speak TV. In this segment, she interviews MC Lyte, talks about OJ’s verdict, Gwen Ifill, and more. Congrats to Ms. Diva on her Hip Hop Scholar Award as well.

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Speaking of MC Lyte, above, she rhymes alongside of Mae Day, the Detroit rapper who Monie Luv says is the best female emcee since her. Mae Day’s definitely one of the most talented artists – male or female – I’m hearing right now, and I gave her a lot of burn on my (former) show at IMPACT 89 FM. So it’s great to see Lyte recognizes game. On another note, MC Lyte’s just as fine and talented now as she was years ago. Shoutout to Ced Jigga and MC Serch.