Two legendary emcees collaborating over production from one of Queensbridge's most underrated on the boards and this is the best product?!
News of KRS One and Buckshot collaborating on an album is exciting, but potentially hazardous. Glass half full, Survival Skills looks good on paper, with confirmed features from Mary J. Blige, Slug of Atmosphere, Immortal Technique, K'NAAN, Talib Kweli, Sean Price, Naledge of Kidz In The Hall, Smif N Wessun, Rock of Heltah Skeltah and Geo of Blue Scholars. Even better, production on the album includes tracks from Havoc of Mobb Deep, 9th Wonder, Black Milk, Marco Polo, Moss, Coptic, KHRYSIS! and Ill Mind.
Glass half empty, when was the last time KRS One actually spoke like a teacha and not like he had tiny aliens hanging on his earlobes sending him brainwashed messages? Further cause for concern is the first single “Robot.”
This is the future, cars are powered by corn, swine is taking revenge on man, for which there's probably an app. for the antidote and rappers rap in robot voices. What better time to be less critical of hip hop trends than now?
Buckshot is respected as one of the illest street rappers, even though he started out as a back-up dancer. How is rapping in an emotionally frigid voice less respectable?
The “Robot” single is out May 5 on Duck Down Records.
The Survival Skills LP is out August 25.