MC Milk Dee and his brother DJ Giz
broke into show business in 1988 with the popular old school
album What More Can I Say. Having MC Lyte for a sister
worked to their advantage: under the name Audio Two, they
gained distribution through Atlantic Recordings. As was
the case with Licensed
to Ill and many of the other rap albums of the same
period, What More Can I Say has been heavily sampled
over the years.
MC Milk Dee teamed up with DJ Giz
again in 1990 to make I Don't Care the Album. At
that time hip-hop was really undergoing a metamorphosis
and gangster rap was the up- and-coming trend. MCs who had
been successful in the late 1980s were now struggling to
keep their fan base and recording contracts. MC Milk Dee
did not allow fickle fans to dictate his style, and in 1994
he released Never Dated on Rick
Rubin's Def American label. This release would put Milk
back on top thanks in part to a duet, which featured none
other than Adam Horovitz.
Back in 1998, during an Ego Trip magazine (Volume 4, Number
1) interview, Horovitz told the story behind his involvement and feelings
about the song "Spam" he did with MC Milk. ' "I'm not sure
if I like that record. I haven't heard it since we did it to be honest with you.
I'd never met Milk before. Of Course, when that first Audio Two record was
out it was huge so when I heard he wanted to do a record with me I was like,
'definitely!"' Combing Adrock's nasal sound with that of MC Milk's lead
to the creation of a rap masterpiece known as "Spam." With the exception
of Beastie Boys fans, very few people paid any attention to the single.
Adrock in the same Ego Trip interview went on to talk about
the commercial failure of that project. '"It was also a weird time
because it was comin' out on Def American - Rick Rubin's label. And that wasn't
something that I was happy about. I wanted Milk to blow up. I wished Milk
sold billions and billions of records and I wished everybody in the world
knew about Milk and he had everything he wanted. But in a way, I'm glad it didn't
sell because of Rick Rubin, because I didn't feel like givin' him more
money. It's unfortunate. I wish Milk was on a different record label
and got more attention."'
Since the release of Never Dated, rap fans have
not heard much from Milk. Autograph requests sent to the
"Got Milk" fan club address listed in the liner
notes of Never Dated were recently returned stamped
"address no longer valid", so perhaps the show
business days of Milk are over.