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New Music Report: Blakroc

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This week's New Music Report lasers in on the self-titled debut from supergroup Blakroc, a collaboration between the Akron blues-rock duo the Black Keys and a cast of guest rappers that includes Ludacris, Mos Def, RZA and Pharoahe Monch. It's not a disc of Limp Bizkit rap-rock though — it's more like something you'd expect from the Roots. On "On the Vista," the Keys lay down free-floating psych grooves while Mos Def delivers what sounds like off the cuff rhymes. Raekwon contributes the excellent "Stay off the Fuckin' Flowers" and the Keys churn out a great swamp-blues groove to back RZA on "Tellin' Me Things." But the disc's best track is "Coochie," a remake of an unreleased Ludacris song featuring a from-the-grave vocal from Ol' Dirty Bastard.

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