NEW YORK (Billboard) - An album featuring the Black Keys and some of the biggest names in hip-hop will be released November 27 (the so-called "Black Friday" after Thanksgiving) under the name Blakroc, Billboard.com has learned.
The project was spearheaded by rapper Jim Jones and sports contributions from Mos Def, Q-Tip, RZA, Raekwon, Ludacris, Pharoahe Monch, NOE, Nicole Wray, Billy Danze and the late Ol' Dirty Bastard.
Sessions got under way in early summer in Brooklyn, N.Y., with Mos Def's songs among the first put to tape. A video teaser featuring in-studio footage is now live at Blakroc.com. It is unclear who is releasing the project, although sources say hip-hop veteran Damon Dash will be involved.
The Black Keys are off the road through the end of the year, but the group has begun work on its next studio album.
In the meantime, drummer Patrick Carney starts a tour October 8 in Brooklyn with his side band, appropriately named Drummer, while singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach returns to the road with his self-named solo project on October 4 at the Austin City Limits festival in Austin, Texas.