News: SOHH EXCLUSIVE: Buckshot Talks "Survival Skills" LP,"Me & KRS-ONE Are Coming For Heads" [Audio]
Wednesday, Sep 16, 2009 10:35AM
With this week's release of their joint album, Survival Skills, Buckshot hit up SOHH to talk about how he and his partner in rhyme KRS-ONE come together like Batman & Robin and why their new project is more than just bars and hooks.
Buckshot also explained how the Queen of R&B Mary J. Blige secured a spot on the album.
"A war," Buckshot said referring to what fans should expect from the album. "A war between us, me and KRS-ONE, 'cause we Batman & Robin to everybody. If you ain't dope, meaning, if you can't get on that stage show and out-last us, you have a problem. So when we say dope, we don't mean get on that stage and just spit rhymes, and I spit rhymes and the public go 'Yeah, who was better?' That's not what we talking about. I'm talking about battling, me and KRS-ONE are coming for heads if you get on that stage. We challenge anybody to that stage -- and that's why the album is called Survival Skills because regardless or not, me and KRS-ONE have survived battles after battles, war after war...Mary J. Blige is a friend of ours -- Mary is a gangster and when I say that, she's so real you can't believe it. She's not a Barbie Doll personality, but she has that appearance because she's a lady. We got Immortal Technique on the album -- he did some sh*t where he sound like Chuck D in 2000 and right now. Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Tek-N-Steele, Heltah Skeltah, Atmosphere -- now that you combine KRS-ONE and Buckshot that kill a show, and now when you go out and recruit the soldiers that do the same thing you do -- who can see our team?" (SOHH)
The Boot Camp Clik leader also recently spoke on what is needed to survive in today's rap game.
"Everything is taking a transition," he said in a statement. "In hip-hop today you need patience, discipline and obedience. Those are the three elements. You gotta keep yourself around people that are smarter than you and better than you at what you want to do. That's what will make you become better." (Exclaim)
Aside from Mary J. Blige and Talib Kweli dropping rhymes, the project will also be supported by a well-known production team.
With guests ranging from Mary J. Blige, Slug Of Atmosphere, K'NAAN, Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, Melanie Fiona, Naledge of Kidz In The Hall, Sean Price, Geo of Blue Scholars, Smif N Wessun and Rock of Heltah Skeltah, Survival Skills represents a diverse range of topics, all while maintaining a consistent sound. The album has production from Havoc of Mobb Deep, 9th Wonder, Black Milk, ILL MIND, Coptic, Moss, Nottz, Marco Polo and KHRYSIS! (Examiner)
Both Buckshot and KRS-ONE made headlines over the summer hitting up various nationwide venues on the Rock The Bells Tour 2009.
Rock the Bells 2009 performances by KRS-One, House of Pain, Reflection Eternal, Damian Marley, Tech N9ne, K'Naan, RZA, Big Boi, La Coka Nostra, Slaughterhouse, M.O.P., Slum Village, Buckshot, Evidence, Alchemist and more. It will be hosted by KRS-One, Supernatural, Murs and Pete Rock. Additional artists to be announced. The North American portion of the tour will run from June 27 to August 9. (Guerilla Union)
Survival Skills is currently in stores and released via Duck Down Records.
Check out a portion of Buckshot's SOHH interview below: