The Black Keys have found some uncommon bedfellows for their latest collaborative release. Under the moniker Blakroc, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney have allied with Mos Def, RZA, Jim Jones and a litany of other hip hop artists. Its stripped down blues coupled with stripped down hip-hop, the album as a whole took 11 days to record. Also album sessions were throughly documented on their website in episodic video format, it seems like it was just a continuous creative flow, mixing blues rifts and looped beats with hip hop.
My affinity for hip hop has been limited in the past, but this album creates an appreciation. Blame it on the Black Keys, but the records raw and unfiltered feel contrives something unique. I wouldn't call every song a gem, but the few below deserve a listen.