BLAKROC is the new blues rock meets hip-hop project spearheaded by Damon Dash fusing The Black Keys with a varying assembly of big names in hip-hop such as Mos Def, Rza, ODB, Raekwon, Q-Tip, Ludacris, Pharoahe Monch, and a few others. The 11-track album was recorded in 11 days with 11 guests and comes out on 11/27/09 (I guess 11/11 wasn’t a viable release date?).
In a lead up to the album, the official BLAKROC website is hosting a weekly series of webisodes chronicling the behind-the-scenes creative forces that came together to result in what is now to be known as the self titled, BLAKROC.
The week 1 webisode was more of an intro video showing Damon Dash’s excitement and aspirations for the BLAKROC project; however, week 2 finds Mos Def into the studio laying down a few vocal tracks and vibing along with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach (see video below). Stay tuned to BLAKROC’s website for future webisodes in the coming weeks.
Based on all the big names involved and the underrated abilities of The Black Keys, this should be a pretty solid release but only time will truly tell. For now, check out the first released song, “Hoochi Coo” ft. Jim Jones and Mos Def (with the vocal chorus Mos is shown recording in the week 2 webisode) as a free download below (courtesy of donewaiting.com) as well as the week 2 BLAKROC webisode below.