News: Jim Jones, Ludacris, Q-Tip Rock Out W/ The Black Keys, "Blackroc" Coming Soon

Sunday, Sep 13, 2009 11:00AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Jim Jones, Ludacris, Q-Tip and more have united to show support for blues-rock group The Black Keys with the upcoming album release called Blakroc later this year.

The rock duo, made of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, will gather strong mainstream help on the new disc set to drop this November.

The album will be released November 27 (the so-called "Black Friday" day after Thanksgiving) under the name Blakroc, Billboard.com can reveal. The project was spearheaded by rapper Jim Jones and also sports contributions from Mos Def, Q-Tip, RZA, Raekwon, Ludacris, Pharoahe Monch, NOE, Nicole Wray, Billy Danze and the late Ol' Dirty Bastard. Sessions got underway in early summer in Brooklyn, N.Y., with Mos Def's songs among the first put to tape. A video teaser featuring in-studio footage is now live at blakroc.com. (Billboard)

Roc-A-Fella co-founder Damon "Dame" Dash is also reportedly involved in the project.

"We had a good rapport with one another," Dame said in an interview about Black Keys. "And I like the way they do their business and they kind of like the way I do mine and it just turned into this project...The Black Keys are about real music and all these other people that came through are really good at what they do...And it was more for love really. We didn't know what it was gonna be, we just knew that we just liked making music. And that's really what it's about at this point. At least after being in the game this long you don't wanna just be doing it for money that becomes obvious...If I was to be a part of anything, it would have to be something like this." (XXL Mag)

After gaining a steady independent buzz beginning around 2002, Black Keys' music has been labeled a fusion of rock and blues.

From the start, Auerbach flaunted a fine, mature, lived-in blues voice for one so young, and the group's material worked in funk, soul, and rock influences from the likes of Jimi Hendrix and James Brown, which helped avoid undue repetition of the overdone chord progressions and stock riffs common to so many such acts. Before the year's end, the band had amassed a loyal following and inked a deal with Fat Possum. (All Music)

Keys' drummer, Patrick Carney, will reportedly be touring next month.

Carney starts a tour October 8 in Brooklyn with his side band, appropriately named Drummer, while singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach returns to the road with his self-named solo project on October 4 at the Austin City Limits festival in Austin, Texas. (Reuters)

Blackroc is due in stores Friday, November 27th.

Check out The Black Keys' "Your Touch" music video below:

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