KRS-One & Buckshot, 'Survival Skills' (Duck Down)

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by Mosi Reeves

Bronx iconoclast KRS-One and Brooklyn hard case Buckshot hold a hip-hop revival meeting on their debut duo album, inviting Mary J. Blige, Talib Kweli, and K'naan to help protect the world from Auto-Tunin' "Robots." 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. Thankfully, their oratorical skills remain undiminished. As KRS puts it on "Connection," "When you get older, you get better / I'ma take this to the grave / Ever stop? Never!"

WATCH: KRS-One & Buckshot, "Robot"

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