Rewind: Blakroc – Blakroc (2009)

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.