Mar 18, 2010

I have proof... ODB IS STILL ALIVE!!!

12:39 PM

Let's start off with some math shall we?? (now with click-able links!!)

The Black Keys + Various Rappers = BLAKROC

That's the quick and dirty. The following is the long and clean??

This is the story as it was told to me: producer extraordinaire Damon Dash was at a company picnic and playing a game of Red Rover after finishing a delectable glass of lemonade. On his side was a slew of MCs (Mos Def, Ludacris, Q-Tip, etc), on the other... The Black Keys. Ludacris ran first and once he hit the Black Keys' wall of sound, a great cacophony of beautiful music erupted. That's when Damon Dash exclaimed, "Blues and rap! It's the two great tastes that go great together!!!" He ran and grabbed a Reese's Peanut Buttercup and then threw everyone into the studio.

So that's what BLAKROC is, MC's rhyming over Black Keys' music. For those of you that don't know, The Black Keys are two white dudes from Ohio that create blues music that has a dirty fuzzbox, speaker soaked in cheap whiskey and smoke sound. (Check out their Danger Mouse produced Attack & release album!!) MC's on this are as follows: Ludacris, ODB, Mos def, NOE, RZA, Pharoahe Monch, Raekwon, Jim Jones, M.O.P., & Q-Tip. Impressive pedigree if I do say so myself.

The first track, Coochie, is easily one of my favorite cuts out of the last year. ODB kills it. It's his best posthumous track closely followed by his guest spot on Mark Ronson's Toxic. (yes, it's a remake of a Britney Spear's Toxic and it is great). I'm pretty sure ODB, Tupac, and Biggie are in some John Galt-ian Fortress of Solitude (looks kids! a high-brow literature and comic reference all in one fatal swoop!!) still kickin' it and rhyming for each other and occasionally letting out a track or two.

I'm not going to talk about each track as they are all good if not great. Run out and pick it up... and grab some Black Keys & Reese's Peanut Butter Cups while you are there.

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