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BlakRoc

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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.
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Product Details

  • 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 (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,083 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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I loved this album, and couldn't wait to get my hands on this. The quality of this pressing (on vinyl) however was distractingly poor. Specifically the vocals sounded as if the highs and lows had been cut off (as well as the finer details), similar to a low bitrate mp3. I had expected more from an album featuring The Black Keys (who revel in analog goodness).

The second, MUCH more important issue is that the album was censored. On the songs I with expletives, they cut out the bad words completely.

Ultimately I couldn't even enjoy it and found myself wanting a return.

NOTE: The one-star rating is due to the sound quality of the product itself and the lack of advertising that the vinyl pressing is censored. The album's music itself in MP3 or CD format (assuming those are not censored) is truly fantastic.
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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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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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This album was recommended to me by a coworker, I downloaded it and gave it the ole college try and enjoyed it. It wasn't as great as my coworker made it out to be but I do enjoy it and it gets listened to at least once a week. If you dig hip-hop and the Black Keys get it, you'll be happy.
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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. It is so mind-blowingly good that I bought it :) "Tellin' Me Things" and "What You Do To Me" are on constant repeat for me. The whole album is great though.
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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 out with "On The Vista" as track one. But it still had the title Coochie as track one's song titled which in turn messed up the whole line of songs and had the title for the previous song playing as the now playing which was totally messed up. I'm not sure, but I am guessing i was just unlucky enough to receive a bad disk which is why I only gave 3 stars.
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