The BLAKROC Webisodes Keep Rolling














It’s been a while since we last spoke about the amazing collaboration between The Black Keys and 11 marquee hip-hop artists to create the group and album entity known as BLAKROC. As a matter of fact, it’s been about six weeks and if you remember, webisodes of the behind the scenes making of the album have and continue to be posted at the official website every week.

In the previous post,  we saw Mos Def doing his thing in Webisode 2. Since then there have been some major high points in the webisode series (which are all worth watching by the way) including week 4 with the Rza coming into the studio, smoking some herb to “get into his spiritual zone”, dropping some lyrics, and surprising many by throwing down some licks on the guitar that would end up forming the outline of the song.

Another highlight was the week 6 webisode which features The Black Keys producing some instrumental tracks (or beats if you will) that are later followed by some impressive flows by Noe. To be honest, I don’t know very much of Noe; however, after hearing him rap, I wonder why I’ve not heard more of him before.

Lastly, the most recent week 8 webisode showed none other than Billy Danze from M.O.P. drinking some Henessy straight (because “how you gonna get it done if you don’t do it straight?”) , listening to a few tracks, and then settling down on one and dropping a solid verse.

Stay tuned in future weeks for the remaining webisodes and don’t forget that the self-titled debut BLAKROC album will be released on November 27th.

BLAKROC = The Black Keys + Hip-Hop Superstars

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 as well as the week 2 BLAKROC webisode below.

BLAKROC – Hoochie Coo ft. Jim Jones & Mos Def