Survival Skills

Survival Skills

by KRS-OneKRS-One


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With old-school legend KRS-One teaming with Boot Camp Clik member Buckshot, you can expect high-caliber rhymes and an anti-sellout attitude, but Survival Skills is a diverse, welcome surprise. The radio-friendly, and more importantly, radio-worthy single "The Way I Live" with Mary J Blige is a slicker package than usual from this revolutionary duo, but the polished production is actually from Black Milk, an underground tastemaker who provides a beat right in line with the ambitious spirit of the album. The guest list is an unexpected mix of Slug, K'naan, Pharoahe Monch, Sean Price, and reggae singer Bounty Killer, while production is ably handled by the likes of Nottz, 9th Wonder, Ill Mind, and Mobb Deep's Havoc. It's Havoc who outshines them all on the key cut "Robot," an anti-Auto-Tune track with a massive hook and KRS shaking the stick at the younger generation with the usual disgust ("Go online, look up Kraftwerk/Everything you doin' is past work/We already wore that hat, those pants, and that shirt"). Buckshot is hardly a household name and KRS-One's post-2000 discography is alienating with too many releases, but casual fans of more literate hip-hop should check Survival Skills since it's easily accessible and rewarding at the same time. Loyal hip-hop heads with a taste for the old-school boom-bap shouldn't think twice and won't be disappointed.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/15/2009
Label: Duck Down Music
UPC: 0693461212022
catalogNumber: 2120
Rank: 63646

Album Credits

Performance Credits

KRS-One   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Alex Rodriguez   Staff
T. Williams   Composer
Havoc   Producer
C4   Engineer
Lou Smith   Promotions Director
Dominick Lamb   Composer
Nottz   Producer
R. Price   Composer
D. Yates   Composer
Joe Monte   Staff
9th Wonder   Producer
Khrysis   Producer
Kejuan Muchita   Composer
Black Milk   Producer
Marco Polo   Producer
Moss   Producer
Killa Ben   Engineer
Illmind   Producer
Curtis Cross   Composer
Fred Bear   Studio Manager
Ashley Mapp   Staff
Matt Conaway   Publicity
Dj Mentplus   Producer
M. Bruno   Composer
K. Hoffman   Composer
S. Daley   Composer
J. Connoy   Composer
C. Tyson   Composer
Giambi   Engineer
Coptic   Producer
M Nasty   Engineer
Keinan Warsame   Composer
K. Blake   Composer
S. Price   Composer
M. Blige   Composer
L. Parker   Composer
J. Evans   Composer
J. Bush   Composer
Troy Jamerson   Composer
Ramon Ibanga   Composer
Talib Kweli Greene   Composer

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