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BlakRoc

BlakrocAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 19, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: BlakRoc
  • ASIN: B0034PWPLK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,042 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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)

Editorial Reviews

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.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Rap-Rock Collabo Ever 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Desperate Music Times...Blakroc is A Funky Reprieve 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Right on the edge December 14, 2009
By Slade
Format:MP3 Music
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
2.0 out of 5 stars What is going on here??? April 27, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Though I am a fan of a wide variety of music, I must say that I couldn't quite get into this. I love Classical, jazz, blues, rock, techno and electronica, and world music...

The reason I am giving this two stars is that I realize and appreciate the approach being made to this CD. The rock/rap/r&b approach has been successful in the past and other bands have prospered with this style of music (Black Eyed Peas Wu-Tang, and Outkast have been bands I enjoyed). BlakRoc just doesn't seem to have the cohesiveness that other bands have had. The result is disharmonious and disjointed.

I was disappointed because I had heard so many promising things and read many good reviews. Just listen to some of the songs or samples before pulling the trigger.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I hoped it would be August 3, 2010
Format:Audio CD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Play it LOUD July 1, 2010
By E
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Album Period. 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars STAY OFF THE $%&@! FLOWERS December 8, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I think the beats on this CD are incredible. I'm glad the Black Keys didn't try to out do themselves by over doing anything. The beats are simple but catchy, and I think they were feeling what each artists style is like and were on point. All the artist held their own on each track but would have loved to see GZA in at least one song. Nicole Wray did a fantastic job on -Why can't I forget him- and on the backup vocals on other tracks. Raekwon is a great lyricist and didn't need any hooks or anything fancy on -Stay off the flowers for him to shine. RZA and alias Bobby Digital show up for both of RZA's tracks and I always enjoy listening to him. -What you do to me- is probably the standout track next to -Ain't Nothing Like You-. Loved hearin Q-Tip on -Hope you're happy- All in all a fantastic collaboration and you can tell they had fun putting this together.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Band Ever
I love this music and highly recommend it!! I love finding jewels like this. This is one of the better albums I have purchased.
Published 8 days ago by MOMMY B
3.0 out of 5 stars You can kinda get down.
It's ok. Love the Black Keys. I love Hip Hop. This is just ok. Can't really say why, just don't think it's great. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Clancy Wiggum
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! Good Music!
Alright, I stopped listening to hip hop way back when but I absolutely adore The Black Keys so I gave this album a listen on YouTube first. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J.C.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best hiphop albums
Never had an easy time finding this album in music stores and to find it for such a good price was great! It was just an overall amazing album too, thanks again
Published 11 months ago by Dakota
5.0 out of 5 stars great album
the black keys working with some of the greatest emcees of the time? pick this one up for sure, worth it for the mos def tracks alone
Published 12 months ago by M.B.
3.0 out of 5 stars Eh, it's fun
It's an enjoyable listen. Mixing rock and hip hop is always a tough task, but I would say this album was reasonably successful.
Published 12 months ago by akesel13
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Music
I've always liked the Black Key's music and am a huge fan of theirs. The only problem with this CD was when I received it the CD was missing the song "Coochie" and started... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Darren
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Collaborations
I never get tired of this album. The Black Keys' natural sense of rhythm works so well with the rappers on the LP. Great group, including Mos Def and Q-Tip.
Published 13 months ago by Lenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Great collaborations here, along with amazing blending of the hip-hop and blues rock genres. Many songs will easily get stuck in your head.
Published 15 months ago by papajbear
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth the money
This album was recommended to me by a coworker, I downloaded it and gave it the ole college try and enjoyed it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by jbzee
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