Even though this came out fall of 2009, I still think its worth posting. The Black Keys, a blues-rock duo from Ohio, collaborated with numerous rap and hip-hop legends to create the album Blakroc. Roc-A-Fella Records co-owner Dame Dash compiled a such rappers as Mos Def, Raekwon, and RZA to rap over Black Keys’ instrumentals. It was released on November 27, 2009. It is confirmed that there is currently a Blakroc 2 in the works.
I highly recommend you check out the webisodes they have on their site which gives us a behind the scenes look at the recording sessions they had when making the album.
“Whether it be physical or figurative, whether it be the Berlin Wall or a social stigma, sometimes there are dividing lines that separate what should be together naturally. BlakRoc does not smash those boundaries or break down those walls, it proceeds as if those boundaries never existed and acts accordingly. BlakRoc sets the drawbridge between forms of expression, Hip Hop and Rock by doing something as simple as putting the artists of different genres of music in one room and documenting as harmonious collaboration takes place. Backed over the soundscapes of indie rock superstars The Black Keys, BlakRoc brings elite hip hop artists to record an album like none other, an experiment with no control subject. The Black Keys paired up with artists such as Jim Jones, Mos Def, Raekwon, Olâ€™ Dirty Bastard and a cadre of other stars is a transfusion of new blood to the otherwise stolid veins of the current music scene.”