It’s always a treat for fan to see what happens when two legendary lyricists link up. “Black Republican” spawned from Nas and Jay-Z and Nas was even able to link up with AZ in his early career to create “Life’s A Bi*ch.” This time around New York’s elite class of lyricists brings KRS-One and Buckshot together.
Their collaborative album, Survival Skills is set to be released on September 15 on Duck Down records.
“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,” KRS stated. “Well finally myself and Buckshot have the chance to collaborate on a straight up and down MC’in project.”
The album has an extensive list of features to look forward to. They include such artists as Mary J. Blige, Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, Sean Price and Naledge of Kidz In The Hall. Production will be handled by the likes of Havoc from Mobb Deep, 9th Wonder, Black Milk and many others.
Their single, “Robot” takes a full swing at those that use the Auto-Tune technology. The record was released 6 weeks prior to Jay-Z’s “Death of Autotune.” The track speaks to those that are overusing the voice-enhancer made famous by Roger Troutman, Afrikka Bambatta, Teddy Riley and T-Pain.
“I don’t want people to get the averaged clichéd version and thinking that we’re dissing people,’” Buckshot clarified.
“What we’re calling out here is the biters, the people that feel like because this guy sold X amount of records doing this, that I’m going to turn around and do it as well,” KRS said.
Their past solo work up till now has showed that the two can weather the storm and have stood the test of time. Making his debut in 1987 with Criminal Minded, KRS-One was coined an icon rather early and he continued to whip up more Hip-Hop essentials with Edutainment and Ghetto Music: The Blueprint of Hip-Hop.
Buckshot has worked extensively with producer 9th Wonder and has spawned progressive material with the albums Chemistry and The Formula. Breaking his music out to greener pastures, he has landed his music on EPSN, The History Channel and an episode of the series CSI: Las Vegas.
The two are currently touring as part of the Rock the Bells line-up.