11 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

When hip-hop producer and industry executive Damon Dash decided the Black Keys were one of his favorite artists, he contacted the duo and initialized a recording project, hooking the Keys up with rapper Jim Jones. Other hip-hop artists soon came aboard, and BlakRoc is the result of what one imagines to have been numerous hazy, smoke-filled late nights in the studio. The beauty here lies in the easy, almost organic feeling of the recordings, with flows and rhymes of varying intensities syncing up with the Black Keys’ gritty, psych-tinged blues with surprisingly satisfying results. Artists like Raekwon, NOE and RZA bring the street edge, and a sultry layer of R&B is delivered by Nicole Wray; a heavy lidded Mos Def spars lazily and delightfully with Dan Auerbach’s brawny guitars. Black Keys fans will especially get their groove on to “What You Do to Me” and the single, “Ain’t Nothing Like You (Hoochie Coo),” where the Keys’ undulant grind and Auerbach’s own rusty-throated growl mingle gloriously with their rapping counterparts.

EDITORS’ NOTES

When hip-hop producer and industry executive Damon Dash decided the Black Keys were one of his favorite artists, he contacted the duo and initialized a recording project, hooking the Keys up with rapper Jim Jones. Other hip-hop artists soon came aboard, and BlakRoc is the result of what one imagines to have been numerous hazy, smoke-filled late nights in the studio. The beauty here lies in the easy, almost organic feeling of the recordings, with flows and rhymes of varying intensities syncing up with the Black Keys’ gritty, psych-tinged blues with surprisingly satisfying results. Artists like Raekwon, NOE and RZA bring the street edge, and a sultry layer of R&B is delivered by Nicole Wray; a heavy lidded Mos Def spars lazily and delightfully with Dan Auerbach’s brawny guitars. Black Keys fans will especially get their groove on to “What You Do to Me” and the single, “Ain’t Nothing Like You (Hoochie Coo),” where the Keys’ undulant grind and Auerbach’s own rusty-throated growl mingle gloriously with their rapping counterparts.

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About BlakRoc

A rock/rock hybrid project with big potential, BlakRoc started as a collaboration between the Black Keys and Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash. Blending Dan Auerbach’s and Patrick Carney's macho take on sparse, bluesy soul beats with Dash’s A-list rap connections, the debut album was recorded in Brooklyn and featured guests Mos Def, Q-Tip, Billy Danze, Jim Jones, Ludacris, Nicole Wray, NOE, Raekwon, RZA, and Pharoahe Monch, as well as pre-recorded vocals by Ol' Dirty Bastard. Fittingly, the album, simply titled BlakRoc, was released on “Black Friday,” November 27, 2009, on the Black Keys' and Damon Dash's own startup label BlakRoc. ~ Jason Lymangrover

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