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The brainchild of The Black Keys and Damon Dash, BlakRoc Records will release BlakRoc on 'Black Friday,' November 27, the day after Thanksgiving (to be dubbed 'Blak Friday' by the independent record stores that will sell the album). Produced by and featuring The Black Keys, BlakRoc also hosts a star-studded line up including Mos Def, Q-Tip, RZA, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Raekwon, Ludacris, Pharoahe Monch, Jim Jones, NOE, Nicole Wray and Billy Danze. Of the album, The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach said 'no samples were used on the record, it's all live instruments and live vocals.' For more information, please visit blakroc.com, where new content will be added every Friday until release.

1. On the Vista (feat. Mos Def)
2. Hard Times (feat. NOE)
3. Dollaz & Sense (feat. RZA, Pharoah Monch)
4. Why Can't I Forget Him (feat. Nicole Wray)
5. Stay Off the F#$%in' Flowers (Raekwon)
6. Ain't Nothing Like You (Hoochie Coo) (feat. Mos Def, Jim Jones)
7. Hope You're Happy (feat. Q-Tip, Billy Danze, Nicole Wray)
8. Tellin' Me Things (feat. RZA)
9. What You Do To Me (feat. Jim Jones, Billy Danze, Nicole Wray)
10. Done Did It (feat. NOE)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 19, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: BlakRoc
  • ASIN: B0034PWPLK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,251 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Every song on the CD is quality.
John P. Anderson
I'm a huge Black Keys fan and have been so for many years- I was stoked to hear this album and it left me a little disappointed.
J. VanDenEng
Great group, including Mos Def and Q-Tip.
Lenny

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By John Ceraso on December 2, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Are you kidding me? If this is shlock, I'm Kim Jong-Il. This is the most creative and imaginative rap-rock, popular music collabo to come along in years. And no, I'm not calling it pop, it's too great for that. The Black Keys can be considered underground rock, which may be why the album is being marketed the way it is, and which has allowed them so far to keep the integrity of their music intact. The rap artists who participated are some of the greatest in hip-hop, including Mos Def, the RZA, and Raekwon, and Jim Jones turns out incredibly strong performances, considering his career took off with the one word "Ballllin." The webisodes (available on YouTube) showing the making of the album offer a peek into the creative process that spawned it and an understanding of just how great it is that this music even exists.

And for anyone who can't make out the lyrics enough to identify the theme(s) of this album overall, there are at least three discernible ones: a sort of battle of the sexes (with Nicole Wray's presence serving to help combat the misogyny in so many hip-hop lyrics); the scrappy roots (not necessarily in the negative sense) of many rap stars and the costs and benefits of becoming rich and famous and a cultural commodity; and finally, perhaps represented best by the way the album was produced, a fighting back against the commercial forces than ruin so much of popular music.

This album is for fans of both hip-hop and stripped down blues-rock. If you don't care for raw and infectious riffs and beats, compelling rhymes, and amazing singing (Nikki Wray), you may not like this album. If all of the above sound like your thing, get this album now in order to support higher quality in popular (not pop) music overall.

Also, one final groundbreaking achievement of the album, after listening multiple times, I realized the word "bitch" is only used, I believe, once.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arlene Spencer on January 19, 2010
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Fresh sounding blues laced hip hop has never sounded so well blended and natural. Already a huge fan of WuTang, Mos Def, and the Black Keys it was a no-brainer to pick up this disc (yes, we bought the CD) and we're glad that we did. The variety of music, song to song, the use of some of ODB's last recorded vocals, but especially the different kinds of grooves places this into heavy rotation in our home. The bringing together of Rock/rap or rock/hip hop projects may come and go (and some should go) but I honestly hope that these artists re-group again to make more music. It's a great album.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Slade on December 14, 2009
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I had a buddy scope me to the Black Keys, and when I saw the artists on this album I was excited to pick it up. There are some interesting tracks, but on the whole this album falls short.

First off, the lyrics are mostly uninspired. Mos Def does his thing and Nicole Wray really carries the tracks she is on, but aside from that it felt very generic. The music and production is better, but it feels more like a jam session to me than the kind of polished tracks that I expected. That's a part of the Black Keys sound and if you're a big fan then maybe it'll work for you, but having listened to this album a few times it feels like subtraction by addition.

This album sounds like it would've benefited greatly from a strong producer who could've made the keys' music and the guest spots mesh better. On the tracks where it works (On the Vista, Why Can't I Forget Him, Done Did It) it's an interesting sound, but the rest of the time it's a bit of a discordant mess.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FallODaLdr on May 22, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I've had this album for almost a year and I just wanted to check out what other people thought about it on Amazon to find that there was only one review. Anyway, If you like the black keyes, get it. If you like Wu-Tang, get it. If you like "rap-rock", get it.

It's a gritty, bluesy, masterpiece of cross-genre sounds. Catchy hooks and good flows. The lyrics may not be the best on some tracks but the flow compliments the beats and riffs extremely well. Like I said before, GET THIS ALBUM.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E on July 1, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Overall this is a fantastic concept for an album, but it sounds a little cluttered with echo effects. It gives the album a "hot summer night" feel but can't be appreciated without headphones at top volume.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John P. Anderson on August 3, 2010
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Huge fan of the Black Keys. Also a fan of "Hip Hop", so this was a must as soon as I became aware of it. Every song on the CD is quality. It almost has an OutKast meets Wu-Tang meets "newer" Roots vibe.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Hawkins on January 23, 2010
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While in theory this should have been a dynamite project... and for fairness sake it's not a bad cd by any means. It just sounds like a feature cd with various mc's. While almost all of the artists for the most part deliver excellent tracks... I think the cd is lacking the Black Key's influence I was hoping to get. Their music simply supplies the background and it is not enough of their sound to really identify it as the Key's work. I was hoping for a little bit more of a mashup and tradeoff between rapping and singing.

It's quite easily forgettable. There are not really any standout tracks on the album that you will be listening to months from now. I rolled around with in the cd player for a couple days, and got really tired of it. Some of the tracks are so similar it's hard to discern new ones at times.

I think the project has potential... reminiscent of Mos Def's old Black Jack Johnson project. (If anyone else besides me remembers that) They need to turn up the KEYS.
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