Survival Skills [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/15/2009
  • Label: Duck Down Music
  • UPC: 693461212022
  • Catalog Number: 2120
  • Sales rank: 78,888

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Survival Skills - DJ Revolution (3:53)
  2. 2 Robot - Buckshot (4:05)
  3. 3 The Way I Live - Buckshot (3:58)
  4. 4 Clean Up Crew - Rock of Heltah Skeltah (3:56)
  5. 5 Oh Really - Talib Kweli (3:13)
  6. 6 Connection - Smif-N-Wessun (5:22)
  7. 7 Runnin Away - Immortal Technique (4:39)
  8. 8 Think of All the Things - K'NAAN (4:03)
  9. 9 One Shot - Pharoahe Monch (3:46)
  10. 10 Amazin - Loudmouf Choir (3:46)
  11. 11 Hear No Evil - Buckshot (3:20)
  12. 12 Murder 1 - Buckshot (3:58)
  13. 13 We Made It - Slug Of Atmosphere (4:24)
  14. 14 Past*present*future - Melanie Fiona (4:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
KRS-One Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Alex Rodriguez Staff
T. Williams Composer
Havoc Producer
Michael Sarsfield Mastering
C4 Engineer
Lou Smith Promotions Director
Nottz Producer
R. Price Composer
D. Yates Jr. 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
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. Cross Composer
C. Tyson Composer
T. Greene Composer
Giambi Engineer
Coptic Producer
D. Lamb Composer
M Nasty Engineer
Keinan Warsame Composer
K. Blake Composer
S. Price Composer
M. Blige Composer
L. Parker Composer
J. Evans Composer
J. Bush Composer
T. Jamerson Composer
Ramon Ibanga Jr. Composer
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