What separates simple bands from true artists is the willingness to step out on the edge, to take risks and create something new. Here at Sound Citizen we’ve long been touting the brilliance of The Black Keys and now they’re giving us yet another reason to get excited: BlakRoc. Produced by hip-hop mogul Damon Dash, BlakRoc came together in Brooklyn, New York over the course of 11 days.
Supergroups seem to be the flavor of the day – with new bands like The Dead Weather, Them Crooked Vultures and Monsters of Folk (set to release today, Saturday, September 22) being some of the latest installments. But most supergroups stay within the framework of their collective genre. Not BlakRoc. This collaboration takes The Black Keys and adds some of hip-hop’s biggest talents – Mos Def, RZA, Raekwon, Luda, NOE, Billy Danze, Ol’ Dirty Bastard and the incomparable Q-Tip, among others. And while you might not think blues, rock and hip-hop would make the best combination, it kind of makes sense. At the very least, when you put great talent together, more often than not you’re going to get something quite interesting.
“The Black Keys are about real music and all these other people that came through are really good at what they do,” Dash explained to XXL magazine. “We didn’t know what it was gonna be, we just knew that we just liked making music.”
What’s the result? See for yourself in the video below. The full album is available now for pre-order on both CD and vinyl and will release in stores on November 27.
You can also stream the single “Hoochie Coo.”