The Blakroc Sessions: Chapter II

30 09 2009

by Nick Jones (@NickJones82)

I happened to be chasing Bison in Yellowstone National Park when Chapter II of the Blackroc sessions was posted on youtube. Luckily, donewaiting‘s Wes Flexner (who’s been all over the Blackroc collab since it broke) pulled me out of the wilderness today so I could enjoy this 7 minute clip of Mos Def and the Black Keys recording “Hoochie Coochie” in Brooklyn.

I must say, it’s kind of bizarre to see a beardless Dan Auerbach working in a studio with Dame Dash, but I love what I hear so far.

For those in the dark, here’s the brief…

An album featuring the Black Keys and some of the biggest names in hip-hop will be released Nov. 27 2009 (the so-called “Black Friday” day after Thanksgiving) under the name Blakroc.

The project was spearheaded by rapper Jim Jones and also sports contributions from Mos Def, Q-Tip, RZA, Raekwon, Ludacris, Pharoahe Monch, NOE, Nicole Wray, Billy Danze and the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard.

hit the jump to watch Chapter One and hear “Hoochie Coochie”…

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New Thao with the Get Down Stay Down track, album 10.13

15 09 2009

by Nick Jones (@NickJones)

We met the wonderful Thao Nguyen last year during her stint on the Hotel Cafe tour. Even without her great band, The Get Down Stay Down, she was my favorite artist of the night, and brought some much needed energy to the enviroment. I’ve yet to see a proper Thao with The Get Down Stay Down show, but am looking forward to the experience. The band is dropping it’s 3rd album, You Better Learn Faster, via Kill Rock Stars on October 13th.


“You Better Learn Faster”

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Blackroc comfirmed, release date 11.27

14 09 2009

by Nick Jones (@NickJones82)

I just watched the extended trailer for the Dame Dash organized Black Keys hip-hop album at I think you have to sign up to watch the longer video, I think it’s worth it. They leaked a Mos Def/Jim Jones track today titled “Hoochie Coo” (listen below). The album features Mos & Jim Jones, RZA, Raekwon, Ludacris, Q Tip, Pharoahe Monch, Noe, Nicole Wray, Billy Danze, & previously recorded ODB.

Props to our Columbus pals at Done Waiting for breaking(?) the news last week.


The Black Keys ft. Mos Def & Jim Jones “Hoochie Coo”

Hit the jump for a teaser video, track list, album art & t shirt design…

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How cute is the new Norah Jones album cover??

10 09 2009

By Jill Menze (@jillmenze)

Norah Jones' 'The Fall' album cover

Norah Jones' 'The Fall'

Look at that dawg! Adorable! As much as I respect Norah Jones’ career, I can’t say the Grammy Award-winning, smokey-voiced songstress is at the top of my list of artists I regularly follow up on, but this album cover (shot by the wonderful Autumn De Wilde) caught my attention immediately this morning (because for those unaware, I really like dogs).

So with that — let’s talk a bit about her forthcoming fourth studio album, “The Fall,” due Nov. 17 via Blue Note. The effort finds Jones collaborating with the likes of Ryan Adams, Okkervil River’s Will Sheff and Jesse Harris, who is probably best known for penning “Don’t Know Why” on Jones’ 2002 debut, “Come Away With Me.” According to the press release, the set also takes Jones in a new direction, “experimenting with different sounds” alongside producer and engineer Jacquire King, who has worked with Kings of Leon, Modest Mouse and Tom Waits, among others.

But back to the dog — That thing’s the size of a bear. Think she’ll bring him/her out on tour?

NBA 2K10’s 10th anniversary soundtrack

3 09 2009

by Nick Jones (@NickJones82)


2K sports just hit my inbox with a press release about the soundtrack for NBA 2K10, the 10th anniversary of the game. They released a promo a few weeks ago featuring Kobe Bryant’s signature move, to the audio of Kanye West’s “Amazing”. (Not that Kanye needs the money, but he should just right a song for each sports league to use as it’s anthem.)

Remember when video games had shitty soundtracks? (Maybe you think they still do?) I mean the same monotonous Casio groove that cost the game maker nothing and drove my Mom insane. Now a video game placement is better than radio play for some artists. The Game is releasing an exclusive track just for the game (and bet he’s getting paid too). Shit, 2K is even featuring likenesses of rappers, as you can read below in the press release excerpts.

2K Sports announced today the complete track list for this fall’s highly anticipated basketball video game, NBA® 2K10. The soundtrack will feature a cross- genre lineup of music by top artists such as Kanye West, MGMT, K’naan, Metric, Ratatat and more. The soundtrack also includes an original song from Grammy-nominated artist, The Game, titled “Champion.”

In NBA 2K10, some of the featured music artists will also make in-game cameos as playable characters, including Kanye West, The Game, Asher Roth, David Banner, Twista, Pitbull, and a variety of others. Each of the in-game artists will appear exclusively in the NBA 2K10’s Streetball mode.

Hit the jump for the full track listing and to watch the Kobe/Kanye trailer…

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Let’s talk about follow up albums to albums that aren’t out yet (officially)

3 09 2009

by Nick Jones (@NickJones82)

Kid Cudi chats with the UK’s Hip Hop Chronicle about “Man on the Moon: The End of the Day“. Good stuff. Can’t wait for this album to drop in the States on 9.15.

Cudder also chats about his next album and some possible collaborations for a compilation album. I wasn’t surprised by names like Pharrell, Chad Hugo, Kenna, Chip the Ripper, and even MGMT (who are featured on Man on the Moon.) But let these sink in, Green Day, The Killers, The Thrills, and my personal favorite Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses. Apparently they’re going to “vibe out” in North Carolina. I’m excited to see creativity coming back to Hip Hop.

via Nahright

And in case you thought Jay-Z was getting a bit lazy, he’s currently working on his next album. Hear about it after the jump…

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Chuck Prophet’s new album/film

2 09 2009

by Nick Jones (@NickJones82)


I spent 35 minutes and a couple beers with Chuck Prophet a few years ago in Park City, UT during the Sundance Film Festival. I planned on a 10 minute interview with the singer/songwriter, but what I got was a two-way discussion on art on politics, songwriting, music making and of course Bob Dylan. My favorite quote from Prophet that night was, “You go to the other side of the world, pick up a shovel, dig as deep as you can, pull something out you think you own and find out Dylan’s already been there”

Prophet has a new album “Let Freedom Ring” due out October 27th on Yep Roc. The album is about the “contradictions of American life during the recession, having been through a boom we didn’t even know about. He decided to gain some perspective by recording it outside of the US, and liked the frenetic energy of Mexico City.”

Chuck also took a camera crew with him to Mexico City. I’m stoked for this film. Check out the trailer after the jump…

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