Every now and then, an original project bumrushes the scene and slaps the kufi off your head. Blakroc is a rap-rock hybrid project organized by Dame Dash that consists of Ohio-based band The Black Keys and has grown to include collaboration with Mos Def, Jim Jones, M.O.P., RZA, Raekwon, Ludacris, Nicole Wray, Q-Tip, and posthumous work from Ol’ Dirty Bastard. I’m not generally a fan of the studio LP, preferring the grit of a mixtape, but this album is certified crack. The music blends Jimi-Hendrix-inflected rock with dark New York hip-hop and R&B that sticks to the ribs…none of that soft sh*t.
Black Keys f/ Raekwon – “Stay Off The F*&?%$ Flowers” – BlakRoc
Black Keys f/ RZA & Pharoahe Monch – “Dollaz & Sense” – Blakroc
Black Keys f/ Nicole Wray – “Why Can’t I Forget Him” – Blakroc