Artist: Blakroc

What happens when you combine blues-rock with hip-hop and R&B? Well, you get the rap-rock collaboration album developed by Ohio band The Black Keys. This album recently hit the one year release anniversary (Nov 27) and at this point I still listen to the album.

While it gained some notable recognition I find it to be a overlooked album. Granted, it was not easy to find the album outside of iTunes or a legit record store, but  it really should have got way more attention.

The Black Keys comprised of vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer/producer Patrick Carney have been together since 2001 generating  underground buzz for years. A few years back Damon Dash, co-founder of Roc-A-Fella records reached out to the guys to do a recording with Jim Jones. From there, the project became a full-on album.

Artists featured include Mos Def, Raekwon, RZA, NOE, Pharoahe Monch, Ludacris, Billy Danze, Q-Tip, singer Nicole Wray, and the late Ol' Dirty Bastard. The album did relatively well when it was first released reaching number 1 on the US Billboard Heatseekers chart and number 7 on US Billboard Top Rap albums.

While rap and rock have been fused together before, The Black Keys are so unique and have a great style, that it worked out really well. Also, the rappers chosen are some of the best. Even Jim Jones, who I generally do not like, I felt was a great addition to the album.

The Blakroc album was also recorded in 11 days, which is pretty amazing to me. They continued to post studio videos and showed how their creativity ran with whatever on YouTube prior to the album release. You can watch a few below.

News: Another Blakroc album has been confirmed, and lets just say that some of the artists mentioned are already getting me excited about it. Some that were mentioned include: The Cool Kids, Wiz Khalifa, Jay Electronica, and Curren$y.



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