Blakroc

  • Record Label: BlakRoc
  • Release Date: Nov 27, 2009
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Dash and the Keys score an undeniable win by keeping the samples homemade and the production pared down, and by hand-picking collaborators who know how to sink into a groove.
  2. The loose, spontaneous nature of the exercise means there's the odd dud, but there are far more hits than misses. The result? A dead concept is temporarily revived.
  3. Without a doubt, Blakroc can be considered a gamble that has most certainly paid off; this is the most credible fusion of the two genres in a long, long while.
  4. Together, they have crafted a succession of enormous, swaggering grooves and mostly ­compelling raps about rock and rap staples such as sex and drugs and cash.
  5. Q Magazine
    80
    A hip hop album of raw and unusual playfulness. [Jan 2010, p. 118]
  6. The album feels genuinely organic, a common ground of moods rather than a forced fusion.
  7. Hearing rappers coming from this musical sphere is a refreshing novelty however, and the record is definitely one of the most interesting, if not exceptional things to emerge this year.
  8. Its sound is hard but loose, rooted in sinewy beats by Patrick Carney, the Black Keys’ drummer, and spooky riffs by Dan Auerbach, its guitarist and singer.
  9. Unlike many similar projects, this one doesn't seem overly impressed with its own novelty. A good thing.
  10. Even if the lame parts of BlakRoc are more noticeable than the enjoyable, what really sticks out is how easy this all feels--- not once does anything feel like awkward ambassadorship.
  11. Mixing nasty guitar leads with cavernous beats, the Black Keys have crafted a dark, sprawling opus that's convincing in its commitment to a unique sound.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. D.P.
    Dec 3, 2009
    8
    Good Album, although some of the songs are lacking. Its a good combination of blues-y rock and rap. Coochie wasn't great though.