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  • Summary: KRS-One and Buckshot team up for their first album together.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. The guest-heavy formula mostly clicks, particularly on 'Clean Up Crew' with Rock and 'The Way I Live' with Mary J. Blige, but a few misfires--including awkward Slug and Immortal Technique verses--stop this memorable collaboration just short of greatness.
  2. Loyal hip-hop heads with a taste for the old-school boom-bap shouldn't think twice and won't be disappointed.
  3. Ultimately, Survival Skills does what its creators intended for it to do: to be resolute in its dedication to lyrical acumen and head nodding production. Had they also been more adventurous with the content, the album would have risen to another level.
  4. KRS-One's wordplay remains clever and topical, especially on the anti-Auto-Tune anthem Robot, while his sanctimoniousness has been toned down to more tolerable levels. Black Moon’s Buckshot is a comfortable pairing and, although his street-savvy sound may not have aged as well as some of his Duck Down Records brethren’s, he still finds a familiar dynamic when rapping alongside old cohorts.
  5. 60
    The beats by producers Black Milk, 9th Wonder, and Havoc are strictly no-frills, but just hot enough to keep these cranky yet lovable old MCs' joints from stiffening up.
  6. To catch a glimpse of these guys' past glories in 2009, your best option is still to go see them live; this is just a souvenir.

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