Posted in hiphop | music | tour dates | video on December 9, 2009

by BBG

Dan Auerbach, Jim Jones, Mos Def, Patrick Carney, and Damon Dash
Blackroc

Just in time for the holidays and to remind the hip hop listmakers that The Ecstatic was/is the truth, the two-time Grammy nominated Mos Def has scheduled a show on 12/20 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets, though not cheap, are on sale.

Mos Def was also recently announced as a contributor to the new Gorillaz record, along with a host of notables

The third Gorillaz album will feature one newly announced GPS voice, two iconic frontmen of the '60s and '70s, and more, lending to a contributing line-up as eclectic as the one heard on 2005's Demon Days.
The GPS voice, Snoop Dogg, plus Lou Reed of The Velvet Underground and Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees, will be heard alongside Mos Def, Bobby Womack, The Horrors and the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra in Plastic Beach, out 2010.
Mos Def is also part of another notable crew, Blakroc, a project featuring The Black Keys as a backing band for a crew of killer MCs!
The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney have wanted to make a hip-hop album since they were teenagers....
"All the blues music I liked was super simple and stripped down. All the hip-hop I liked was super simple and stripped down," says Auerbach. "We always heard that connection."
The Black Keys' first demo reflected their hip-hop tastes. It featured drum loops and samples, which their first record label later told them to scrap. Years later, following recent praise for their minimalist, bluesy jams, The Black Keys have finally recorded a hip-hop album. Their collaborative ensemble is called BlakRoc.
"What makes this special is the guys' sensibility of hip-hop," [Pharoahe Monch] says. "The drum loop-like timing and patterns make a groove that is easy to rhyme to and to write over."-[NPR]
The self-titled, Damon Dash-presented BlakRoc LP is out now and also features Q-Tip, ODB, RZA, Raekwon, and Jim Jones among others.

Raekwon
is on tour now and also has a NYC show coming up.

The Capo Jim Jones and Mos Def, along with the Black Keys, (BlakRoc) played Letterman last night (12/8) - the same night that Jawbox was burnin' Fallon to the ground. It was also rumored that the group might play a secret show at new venue Under 100 (in the basement of Damon Dash's building) later that night, but though Mos Def was there hanging out (again), he and the group didn't actually play (pictures from that event coming later).

Dig on the live Blakroc video from Letterman, the official video for the same song, as well as more videos from Mos, below...

Blakroc - "Ain't Nothing Like You" (Hoochie Coo) Letterman 12/8

BlakRoc: Ain't Nothing Like You (Hoochie Coo) Ft. Mos Def and Jim Jones (official video)

Mos Def "Auditorium" Live

Mos Def - "Casa Bey"

Mos Def - "Flowers"

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Comments (17)

The Blakroc album is a disappointment

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2009 9:34 PM

"The Blakroc album is a disappointment"

YOU BUGGING. hip hop album of the year!

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2009 9:36 PM

BlakRoc album is actually surprisingly entertaining, won me over.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2009 9:44 PM

ha. everyone in that photo is BLAZED

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2009 10:22 PM

They all do like marijuana.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2009 10:32 PM

I smoked a dutchmaster packed with hummus the other day and rocked the blackstar album and the beats sounded deeeep.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2009 1:33 AM

Oh, man, this is some G-A-Y shit!!!

Totally fagged out!

Lotsa cock sucking going on right herrrrre!

Buncha homos...

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2009 4:10 AM

gay!

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2009 4:14 AM

"The Blakroc album is a disappointment"

I don't want to be another one of these anonymous haters plaguing the comment section of this blog, but I agree. I was looking so forward to this album, but it let me down. I definitely expected more, especially with the amount of talent that was present for it.

Posted by Tom | December 10, 2009 9:09 AM

45$ for a Mos Def show? On a Sunday? At 1130pm?! No thanks. His live show is not that great at all.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2009 10:17 AM

Mos Def is King Midas

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2009 11:20 AM

I lost interest after black on both sides. If black star put out another record I might pay attention, but whatever. This collabo doesn't do much for me, either.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2009 11:56 AM

Hey! let's pay $45 for a Mos Def ticket at Highline. We can stand around and wait for 4 hours until he rolls up whenever he wants at like 2am. The whole time we'll be buying overpriced shitty drinks while we're squeezed together like fucking cattle. Then when he arrives (hours after he is supposed to go on), we'll be treated to a lazy, boring performance!
Sounds like FUN!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2009 12:05 PM

The Blakroc album is insanely good. You guys are crazy.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2009 12:07 PM

Black Keys are the shit. Mos Def f'n blows.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2009 12:08 PM

Where are the pics from the under 100 show?!

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2009 12:41 PM

black keys are indeed excellent

Posted by husky training | January 11, 2010 7:57 PM

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