I started a new job today. While I'm a big believer in paying your dues - that is, working hard at something for no money in order to gain skills with the expectation of gettin' that cheese at some point - this song just a good mantra for life. "If it don't make dollars, then it don't make sense," sings Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach between verses from Pharoahe Monch and RZA. Yeah, he's got a point.
Monday, April 11, 2011
Blakroc - Dollaz & Sense (feat. Pharoahe Monch, RZA and The Black Keys)
The Blakroc album, a joint effort between The Black Keys and Damon Dash, featured the Keys playing some heavy hip hop shizz and an all star roster of MC's flowing over top. It has aged well. All of it. After a day full of new people, new tasks and a new office, this album was an ideal come down from all the excitement. Combined with a listen to Rubber Factory, the third album from Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney, this was the perfect end of day soundtrack. At least, it was that way for me.
Posting this track today is as much a statement on the new gig, despite my love of the old one, as it is a statement on life. You've got to love what you do and, eventually, you've got to get paid for it.
Buy Blakroc from Shockhound.
Buy Rubber Factory from Shockhound.