By: Kyle Krieg
Welcome to our very first ever Time Capsule Tuesday. The idea behind this weekly treat is that our writers present to you a timeless album, and review it as if it were to be released today. We included the year it was released as well as a
Artist: BlakRoc (The Black Keys + Damon Dash)
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
When compiling the ingredients to make a killer hip-hop album you need a few things. Verses that paint a picture, a bass track you can feel in your chest and two goofy, white dudes from Akron, Ohio.
Yes, you read that correctly. Those two goofy white dudes happen to be the main ingredient in this delicious hip-hop dish. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, better known as The Black Keys, along with Damon Dash (Roc-A-Fella Records) created a stellar album that’s sure to satisfy the pallets of rock and hip-hop enthusiasts alike.
Why such praise for BlackRoc? Because you’ll be hard-pressed to find another album where Auerbach’s riffs blend so perfectly with Mos Def’s smoother than peanut butter lyrics. Carney’s straight ahead 4/4 drum licks also complement Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s unmistakable, delightfully sloppy flow. As they should, considering Carney learned to play the drums by banging away to Wu-Tang Clan’s Enter The Wu-Tang album.
After listening to BlakRoc you’ll immediately be hungry for more. The fact that you can listen through without being tempted to skip tracks is what makes this albums so great. Key tracks to check out are “On theVista” featuring Mos Def and “Coochie” Featuring O.D.B with some help from Ludacris.
As always, the vinyl version is strongly suggested for maximum earhole pleasure.
Album Cover: blakroc.com