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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!
"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."See all Editorial Reviews
Didn't expect much from this album but it was pretty dope.good beats,good chemistry,and sick rhymes.two tracks I wasn't really feeling,robot especially, that song is terrible.Published 2 months ago by Mikey
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 morePublished on September 14, 2010 by PCZ
Nothing short of outstanding, from an unlikely duo!
These two really team up well like they've been working together for years! Read more
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 morePublished on December 7, 2009 by D. Powell
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 morePublished on November 18, 2009 by Xolani Madlala
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 morePublished on November 9, 2009 by Positive Vibes
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 morePublished on October 19, 2009 by Sagacity Walker
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 morePublished on October 19, 2009 by The writer
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 stopPublished on October 7, 2009 by J. Edwards