Blakroc came out in late November, 2009. By that point in the year I’m not paying attention to new releases. So this one slipped by. I remember seeing the name on a few of the sites I visit, but until now I had no clue who Blakroc was, what type of music they played and if this album was any good. Well, now I know. This is The Black Keys and a bunch of hip-hop and r&b artists. Sounds like a disaster, right? I thought so too. I love The Black Keys (one of the best live bands around) and their form of crunchy garage blues-rock, but collaborating with Raekwon and Ludacris? I don’t think so. They had Danger Mouse produce their last album and it sucked! So why am I talking about Blakroc? Because you’re wrong. I was wrong. This album works. It works well. It’s probably one of the best hip-hop albums put out this year. It’s got rhymes from Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Raekwon, Q-Tip and Billy Danze, Jim Jones and NOE (doing his best Jay-Z impersonation), among others. One of the best tracks is On The Vista with Mos Def. Bad concept, awesome album…glad I gave it a chance.