Survival Skills

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Survival Skills
Studio album by KRS-One & Buckshot
ReleasedSeptember 15, 2009
Recorded2008-2009
GenreHip hop
Length58:84
LabelDuck Down
ProducerBlack Milk
Illmind
Havoc
Marco Polo
Moss
DJ Mentplus
Nottz
Khrysis
Coptic
9th Wonder
KRS-One chronology
Maximum Strength
(2008)
Survival Skills
(2009)
Back to the L.A.B.
(2010)
Buckshot chronology
The Formula
(2008)
Survival Skills
(2009)
Singles from Survival Skills
  1. "Robot"
    Released: May 5, 2009
  2. "Survival Skills"
    Released: November 24, 2009
 
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Survival Skills
Studio album by KRS-One & Buckshot
ReleasedSeptember 15, 2009
Recorded2008-2009
GenreHip hop
Length58:84
LabelDuck Down
ProducerBlack Milk
Illmind
Havoc
Marco Polo
Moss
DJ Mentplus
Nottz
Khrysis
Coptic
9th Wonder
KRS-One chronology
Maximum Strength
(2008)
Survival Skills
(2009)
Back to the L.A.B.
(2010)
Buckshot chronology
The Formula
(2008)
Survival Skills
(2009)
Singles from Survival Skills
  1. "Robot"
    Released: May 5, 2009
  2. "Survival Skills"
    Released: November 24, 2009

Survival Skills is the collaborative album from MC KRS-One and Buckshot. The album was released on September 15, 2009 on Duck Down Records.[1] It is the 18th album for KRS-One, and the fourth for Buckshot.

The first single, ROBOT, was released on May 5, 2009. The music video was directed by Todd Angkasuwan and debuted as the New Joint of the Day on 106 & Park on September 4, 2009.

Contents

Featured artists

KRS-One & Buckshot have stated that the album will feature Mary J. Blige, Talib Kweli, K'naan, Naledge of Kidz in the Hall, Slug, Smif-n-Wessun, Heltah Skeltah,and Immortal Technique.

Producers include Havoc, 9th Wonder, Black Milk, Marco Polo, Illmind, Khrysis, Coptic, Moss and more

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[2]
Boston Phoenix3.5/4 stars[3]
DJBooth3.5/5 stars[4]
Metro Spirit(unfavorable)[5]
RapReviews(10/10)[6]
Spin3/5 stars[7]
The Smoking Section3.5/5 stars[8]
XXL3/5 stars[9]

Survival Skills has received positive reviews from critics. Steve Juon of RapReviews.com gave the album a flawless 10 out of 10, claiming "Buckshot and KRS have achieved something rather remarkable here - an album I can't find a single fault with. There's not a bad beat, there's not a whack rhyme, there's not a collaborator on a track that missed the mark, and the disc itself is neither too short nor too long." A review featured on The Smoking Section states, "...the duo tries to elicit all the things that are wrong about Hip-Hop...proving that the most important Survival Skills are talent and dedication to craft. Up and comers should take notice."[10]

Sales

Survival Skills sold around 8,500 copies its first week.

Track list

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."Survival Skills" (featuring DJ Revolution)Illmind3:59
2."ROBOT"  Havoc4:06
3."The Way I Live" (featuring Mary J. Blige)Black Milk3:57
4."Clean Up Crew" (featuring Rock of Heltah Skeltah)Illmind3:57
5."Oh, Really?" (featuring Talib Kweli & Geologic of the Blue Scholars)Marco Polo3:13
6."Connection" (featuring Smif-n-Wessun)Moss5:23
7."Runnin' Away" (featuring Immortal Technique)Black Milk4:40
8."Think of All the Things" (featuring K'naan)DJ Mentplus4:03
9."One Shot" (featuring Pharoahe Monch)Nottz3:46
10."Amazin" (featuring Sean Price & Loudsmouf Choir)Khrysis3:47
11."Hear No Evil"  Khrysis3:21
12."Murder 1" (featuring Bounty Killer)Coptic3:59
13."We Made It" (featuring Slug of Atmosphere)Illmind4:25
14."Past, Present, Future" (featuring Melanie Fiona & Naledge of Kidz in the Hall)9th Wonder4:35

Chart Performance

ChartChart positions
Billboard 200#62
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums#19

References

  1. ^ "KRS-One and Buckshot - Survival Skills Album Press Release". WeLiveThis.com. http://www.welivethis.com/newsfeed/2009/07/10/buckshot-krsone-survival-skills-cover/. Retrieved July 10, 2009. 
  2. ^ AllMusic.com Review: Survival Skills. Retrieved on 2009-11-22.
  3. ^ Faraone, Chris. Review: Survival Skills. Boston Phoenix. Retrieved on 2009-09-27.
  4. ^ Slavik, Nathan. Review: "Survival Skills". DJBooth.net. Retrieved on 2009-09-17.
  5. ^ Lee, Frazia. Review: Survival Skills. Metro Spirit. Retrieved on 2009-09-18.
  6. ^ Juon, Steve 'Flash'. Review: Survival Skills. RapReviews. Retrieved on 2009-09-18.
  7. ^ Reeves, Mosi. Review: Survival Skills. Spin. Retrieved on 2009-09-18.
  8. ^ The Smoking Section review
  9. ^ Serwer, Jesse. Review: Survival Skills. XXL. Retrieved on 2009-09-18.
  10. ^ Marshall, Patrick. “Clean Up Crew” - Review Of KRS-One & Buckshot’s Survival Skills.The Smoking Section. Retrieved on 2009-09-16.