Get Familiar: Blakroc

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

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