BlakRoc

Submitted by nonesuch on Tue, 11/24/2009 - 13:31
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BlakRoc, the brainchild of The Black Keys and Damon Dash, features music by The Black Keys with a star-studded line up of MCs including Mos Def, Q-Tip, RZA, Raekwon, Pharoahe Monch, Jim Jones, NOE, Nicole Wray, and Billy Danze. Of the album, The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, who also provides vocals on several tracks, said “no samples were used on the record, it’s all live instruments and live vocals.” The Washington Post calls it "miraculous."

Description

The brainchild of The Black Keys and Damon Dash, BlakRoc Records released BlakRoc on “Black Friday” (a.k.a. Blak Friday), November 27, the day after Thanksgiving. Produced by and featuring music by The Black Keys, BlakRoc hosts a star-studded line up of MCs including Mos Def, Q-Tip, RZA, Raekwon, Pharoahe Monch, Jim Jones, NOE, Nicole Wray, and Billy Danze. Of the album, The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, who also provides vocals on several tracks, said “no samples were used on the record, it’s all live instruments and live vocals.” The Washington Post calls it "miraculous."

The release of the album coincides with the release of the special edition 2010 BlakRoc Chevy Camaro, complete with a black finish, black metallic wheels, tinted windows, and the “BR” BlakRoc logo inlayed front and center. The BlakRoc Camaro is available for purchase via Carl Black Chevrolet in Atlanta, Georgia, and Nashville, Tennessee, and through blakroccamaro.com.

ProductionCredits

Produced by The Black Keys with Joel Hamilton
Executive Produced by Damon Dash
Recorded by Joel Hamilton at Studio G, Brooklyn, NY
Songs 1, 3, 4, 5, 7 mixed by Tchad Blake
Songs 6, 10 mixed by Clay Holley
Songs 2, 8, 9, 11 mixed by Joel Hamilton
Mastering by Adam Ayan at Gateway Mastering

Art direction, graphic design, and artwork by Michael Carney

Nonesuch Selection Number

522824

Number of Discs in Set
1disc
FormatRestrictions

This album is available from Nonesuch in the United States and Canada only.

Album Status
Artist Name
BlakRoc
Cover Art
UPC/Price
Label
MP3
Price
9.00
UPC
075597980189
  • 522824

News & Reviews

  • Two New York Times music critics have Nonesuch albums on their Top Ten lists: Rokia Traoré's Tchamantché and Oumou Sangare's Seya. The Washington Post has Alarm Will Sound's a/rhythmia in its Top Ten classical albums; the Denver Post has Richard Goode and John Adams. Two Boston Globe critics have Wilco (the album) on their lists, while others there add BlakRoc and Seya. MTV includes Wilco plus Amadou & Mariam's Welcome to Mali. PopMatters and American Songwriter cite Wilco as well, while the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle lists Allen Toussaint's The Bright Mississippi.

  • BlakRoc, the album that brought together The Black Keys, Damon Dash, and a star-studded lineup of hip-hop MCs, is now available digitally at nonesuch.com for fans in the US and Canada at the same audiophile-quality 320kbps MP3s available throughout the site. The A.V. Club gives the album an A, saying it "defeats all odds by sounding both organic and cohesive." The Houston Chronicle gives it four stars, calling it "a sinewy masterpiece."

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  • About This Album

    The brainchild of The Black Keys and Damon Dash, BlakRoc Records released BlakRoc on “Black Friday” (a.k.a. Blak Friday), November 27, the day after Thanksgiving. Produced by and featuring music by The Black Keys, BlakRoc hosts a star-studded line up of MCs including Mos Def, Q-Tip, RZA, Raekwon, Pharoahe Monch, Jim Jones, NOE, Nicole Wray, and Billy Danze. Of the album, The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, who also provides vocals on several tracks, said “no samples were used on the record, it’s all live instruments and live vocals.” The Washington Post calls it "miraculous."

    The release of the album coincides with the release of the special edition 2010 BlakRoc Chevy Camaro, complete with a black finish, black metallic wheels, tinted windows, and the “BR” BlakRoc logo inlayed front and center. The BlakRoc Camaro is available for purchase via Carl Black Chevrolet in Atlanta, Georgia, and Nashville, Tennessee, and through blakroccamaro.com.

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    This album is available from Nonesuch in the United States and Canada only.