I was chatting with my good friend Matt earlier today and he reminded me of a great project from a couple of years back. American blues rock band The Black Keys got together with a whole host of rappers, masterminded by Damon Dash (who, perhaps unfairly, I always think of as the man who tried to make Posh Spice ghetto), and the result was Blakroc.
Anyway, it’s a really great record: it strips hip hop back to its roots – a groove and a rhyme. This video of the creation of the project includes some fascinating examples of how different musicians work, including some of the rappers writing their lyrics on a Blackberry, as do the others on the site. Though there’s nothing cool about a Blackberry, everything about Blakroc is supercool. For a taster of what the project was about, here’s one of the stand-out tracks, featuring the always fabulous Mos Def.