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VIDEO: The Black Keys record with Mos Def

Dan Auerbach (sans beard) and Mos Def in the studio
Dan Auerbach (sans beard) and Mos Def in the studio

The Black Keys - that explosive blues duo of Dan Auerbach and Pat Carney - are recording an album called Blackroc with an eye-popping array of hip-hop talents.

To be released on 27 November - the so-called 'Black Friday' after Thanksgiving - Blackroc will feature the Keys paired with artists such as Ludacris, Q-Tip, Pharoahe Monch, NOE, RZA and more.

Documenting the sessions, The Black Keys have just posted a webisode - this one's number two - showing them in the studio with Mos Def. Check it out below. (And hey, Dan's shaved his beard!)

We're not sure what the track is called, but it sounds 'Mos' promising. You can pre-order Blackroc here.

Thanks, Daily Swarm

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.