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Survival Skills

Krs-OneAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Survival Skills Featuring DJ Revolution [Explicit]KRS-One, Buckshot, DJ Revolution 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Robot [Explicit]KRS-One, Buckshot 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. The Way I Live Featuring Mary J Blige [Explicit]Buckshot, KRS-One, Mary J Blige 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Clean Up Crew Featuring Rock of Heltah Skeltah [Explicit]KRS-One, Buckshot, Rock of Heltah Skeltah 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Oh Really Featuring Talib Kweli [Explicit]KRS-One, Buckshot, Talib Kweli 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Connection Featuring Smif n Wessun [Explicit]Buckshot, KRS-One, Smif N Wessun 5:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Runnin Away Featuring Immortal Technique [Explicit]Buckshot, KRS-One, Immortal Technique 4:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Think of All the Things Featuring K'naan [Explicit]Buckshot, Krs-One, K'Naan 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. One Shot Featuring Pharoahe Monch [Explicit]Buckshot, KRS-One, Pharoahe Monch 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Amazin Featuring Sean Price & Loudmouf Choir [Explicit]KRS-One, Buckshot, Loudmouf Choir, Sean Price 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Hear No Evil [Explicit]KRS-One, Buckshot 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Murder 1 Featuring Bounty Killer [Explicit]KRS-One, Buckshot, Bounty Killer 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. We Made It Featuring Slug of Atmosphere [Explicit]KRS-One, Buckshot, Slug of Atmosphere 4:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Past*present*future Featuring Melanie Fiona & Naledge of Kidz in the Hall [Explicit]Buckshot, KRS-One, Melanie Fiona, Naledge of Kidz In The Hall 4:35$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 15, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Duck Down Records
  • ASIN: B002I9SDNW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,320 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

2009 release. After making their indelible marks on the game, luminaries KRS-One and Buckshot, arguably two of the games most prolific emcees, link up to give fans a collaborative album entitled Survival Skills. With guests ranging from Mary J. Blige, Slug Of Atmosphere, K'NAAN, Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, Melanie Fiona, Naledge of Kidz In The Hall, Sean Price, Geo of Blue Scholars, Smif N Wessun and Rock of Heltah Skeltah, Survival Skills represents a diverse range of topics, all while maintaining a consistent sound. The album has production from Havoc of Mobb Deep, 9th Wonder, Black Milk, ILL MIND, Coptic, Moss, Nottz, Marco Polo, and KHRYSIS!

From the Artist

"Ever since 1993 we've been passing each other on tour or in the studio saying, one day we should tour together, or one day we should do a record together," says Krs-One of the long-awaited union. "Well finally myself and Buckshot have the chance to collaborate on a straight up and down MC'in project."

Throughout, both veterans sound as hungry and invigorated as any of their rap counterparts. "Projects like these are projects that motivate me," KRS says. "The idea to work with another MC that has his own persona and style and do a real collaboration in the studio, that's motivation. I already got 16 albums of my own," he adds.

What KRS-One and Buckshot have created is an album that is socially responsible, lyrically sharp and sonically banging. Buckshot sums it up best, "Hip-Hop was started as an option to not killing each other. We were in the ghettos and we were real fucked up. We created Hip-Hop so we didn't have to do that anymore."

"The album is called Survival Skills, because that is what it takes."

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars KRS + Duck Down= Classic material!!!!!! September 15, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a classic album from beginning to end. Hip hop Juggernauts KRS-One and Buckshot lead the way with dope battle/knowledge lyrics and are accompanied by many other dope artist (Bounty killer, Heltah Skeltah, Kweli, Mary J Blige, Slug, etc). The production right along with the lyrics are dope. So those that had complaints about "lackluster" beats chosen By KRS will have no complaints on this release at all. The only thing i didn't care for on the album was K'naan's verse on THINK OF THINGS. I am a big fan of K'naan but his verse seemed kinda weak to me. Other than that this is the best album of the year thus far!!!!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars KRS & Buckshot Klassic September 28, 2009
By PK3
Format:Audio CD
After seeing some video clips and such of the single Robot i was looking forward to this release.I usually look for Kris to drop about every year and 1/2 KRS stays in the loop so i too heard some of the hype behind this project but i did not know what to expect but I will say after reading all of the ratings here I do believe that this is a classic cd,I believe mainstreem has dimmed the focus of many of hip hop's fans.hip hop is so diverse you can't compare underground to hip pop,i think so many fans like what they like and i am no different I like raw rhyme flows,sick bangin beats,and my main ingredient deversity,skills.This cd does that i think the production is tight and the lyrics are on point.The best songs on the cd to me are Connection,featuring Smif & Wessin,Oh Really featuring Talib,Runnin Away
featuring Immortal Technique,Murder 1 featuring Bounty Killer,these 4 tracks are great ,good tracks are Robot,The Way I Live featuring Mary J,the production on Hear No Evil is dope w/good message i wish the song would have been longer,Past,Present,Future i like the hook and the throwback 70's style beat,tracks that you shouldn't sleep on Clean Up Crew ,Amazin,and One Shot. I was Impressed by the true Emmceein skills by Buck & KRS and Company not for radio or maybe not mainstream radio but I know they will be bumping this on 91.5 FM Vinyl Frontier,and 90.1 The Groove peace!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this cd is nothin but pure classic hip hop September 16, 2009
Format:Audio CD
and if thats what you wanna hear than pick this mf up!!!! they got a 90's sound up here but it still doesnt sound outdated. dope lyrics by both krs and buckshot but the beats are the stealers on this effort! classic hard hittin beats... omg hip hop is makin a come back!!! thank you!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BDP and BCC on the same album??? October 26, 2009
Format:Audio CD
The new collaborative effort from KRS-One and Buckshot, "Survival Skills" is one of those albums that is a must hear based on the people involved. When I picked up this album, I was pleasantly surprised from beginning to end. From the title track to the music industry critique "Robot", that's where things start to pick up. "Past Present Future" is an excellent album closer produced by 9th Wonder. The only songs that weigh this album down a bit are the two songs produced by Khrysis, "Amazin'" and "Hear No Evil". The song with K'naan, the parental-responsobility themed "Think Of All The Things" ends with a spectacular- albeit preachy- verse from The Teacher himself.

The most surprising thing about this album is the fact that although both men are elder statesmen, a mid 40's KRS is pretty much running circles around Buckshot and every rapper on here. Those guests include Talib Kweli, Heltah Skeltah (on separate songs), Immortal Technique, Slug of Atmosphere, and Naledge of Kidz In The Hall. There's nothing more to say, except buy this album!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed after all the hype September 25, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Everyone was praising this album on a hip hop forum that I frequent, so I bought it at Best Buy for $7.99. Gotta say I am not feeling this album that much at all. It's not a bad album, it just lacks standout cuts to make it memorable. To be honest there are five songs that I am feeling- Connection (dope beat by MoSS), Think Of All The Things, One Shot, Murder 1, and Past, Present, Future (9th with the typical ill soulful stuff). The other songs range from mediocre-decent. The Black Milk beats on this really disappoint, not the typical hard hitting soul loops at all. That is the main problem with this album, the production. A lot of it is too simplistic, like the opening Illmind produced "Survival Skills." So bland. KRS and Buckshot still have those dope styles and lyrics, KRS in particular sounds invigorated and his cadence is on point. Unfortunately, the music does not match. Don't believe the hype, no more than a decent album. 7/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars WWOOWW!!! September 18, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Just when you thought Hip Hop and some of its artists were dead, think again!! A female friend put me on to this and was blown away. an un-likey duo usaully make great albums and this IS the best. Two of my favorites on one CD is classic. All the tracks are great, just needed a few more. Just 14 of the realest tracks you will ever hear. No gimmicks, jokes or interludes on this. There are great albums out there don't get me wrong, this one just creeped in the back door. If you don't have this, GET IT!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars KRS-1 & BUCKSHOT.....FOREVER March 3, 2010
Format:Audio CD
This is definately a modern day hiphop classic by one of the surviving pioneer of authenic hiphop from the New York streets. Real talk and consciousness "in rare form" from leaders of the pack. I enjoyed the music, message and vibe. This is definately a dynamic duo bringing heat and lyrical blessings with head noddin tracks that make you feel blessed to experience hiphop on this level, once again. There are only a few gems like this one and you will be repeatedly chanting along. You need to include this offering in ya collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Solid Contribution to the Hip-Hop Genre
Buckshot did his thing as usual. I am however less familiar with KRS-One's work, but I found it remarkable that he took his half of the album and proceeded to make the case that... Read more
Published on September 14, 2010 by PCZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing short of outstanding, from an unlikely duo!
Nothing short of outstanding, from an unlikely duo!

These two really team up well like they've been working together for years! Read more
Published on May 4, 2010 by Robert Y. Lamaute
5.0 out of 5 stars Kris and Buck, what more do you need?? 4.50 stars all the way!
I finally got around to writing a review for this album and while it took me a minute to do that, I'm actually going to make this review pretty brief. Read more
Published on December 7, 2009 by D. Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
it is definitely a good album by these two artists, however knowing KRS ONE as i know him i was expecting more consciousness than more focus on whose doing better rap. Read more
Published on November 18, 2009 by Xolani Madlala
4.0 out of 5 stars We Made It !
Diggin the project. KRS-ONE has always suffered from tunes that have tracks that don't compliment his performances (not including his stand-out hit-recording exceptions) This is a... Read more
Published on November 9, 2009 by Positive Vibes
3.0 out of 5 stars Two of the Best
Survival Skills is a solid album from two of Hip Hop's most celebrated emcees. The album begins with a bang; it's title track introduces us to the album with a bangin beat and... Read more
Published on October 19, 2009 by Sagacity Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm impressed
When I read Krs and Buckshot were about to drop a collabo cd I didn't care. However I downloaded and it was a pleasant experience. Read more
Published on October 19, 2009 by The writer
5.0 out of 5 stars JHEEEEEZZZZZZ
yoooo peeps i was reading every1s comments so i went n got krs one & buckshot & im so f-in glad i did, been bumpin this & ob4cl2 & ghost face killah wizard of poetry non stop
Published on October 7, 2009 by J. Edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars Time to head to the store again!
I love it! 2009 thanks for taking me into that time machine again. Its 1996 all over again yall.

Last 3 CDs I've bought in the past 3 weeks

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Published on October 2, 2009 by Mr. T
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