Black Keys Reveal Blakroc Hip-Hop Project Details
An album featuring the Black Keys and some of the biggest names in hip-hop will be released Nov. 27 (the so-called "Black Friday" day after Thanksgiving) under the name Blakroc, Billboard.com can reveal.
The project sports contributions from Jim Jones, 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.
The album is being self-released on the BlakRoc label, and sources say it was spearheaded by the Black Keys, Damon Dash and Keys' manager John Peets at Q Prime South.
The Black Keys are off the road through the end of the year, but the group has begun work on its next studio album.
In the meantime, drummer Patrick Carney starts a tour on Oct. 8 in Brooklyn, N.Y., with his side band, appropriately named Drummer, while singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach returns to the road with his eponymous solo project on Oct. 4 at the Austin City Limits festival in Austin, Texas.