A few minutes ago, I started listening to the new release by veterans in Hip-Hop, KRS-ONE and Buckshot. After getting halfway thru the second track, their first single off the CD, "Robot" (produced by Havoc), I had to stop the track and say...."Hip-Hop IS resurrected". "Robot" is another shot (much like Jay Z's DOA) at the commercial pop entertainer "rappers" who use Auto Tune.
Out the gate was the title track "Survival Skills" featuring DJ Revolution and produced by Ill Mind. This was indeed a great kickoff to get into the album, which is very reminiscent of the classic head nod Hip-Hop during the golden era. With the way DJ Revolution executed the scratches on this track, along with the lyrics in both songs (so far), I immediately wanted to set up my turntables and get in a hard practice, as well as kicking in my own lyrical juices.
Right now, I know it's a must that I finish soaking in the whole CD. Especially with production credits going to Havoc of Mobb Deep, Ill Mind, Black Milk, Marco Polo, Moss, Khrysis, Nottz, Coptic, DJ Mentplus, and 9th Wonder. Vocal/lyrical talents include: Mary J. Blige, Pharoahe Monch, Sean Price, Loudmouf Choir, Slug of Atmosphere, Rock of Heltah Skeltah, Melanie Fiona, Naledge, Talib Kweli, K'Naan, Immortal Technique, Smiff & Wessun, and Bounty Killer. All this sounds like a recipe for a tasty brain dish.
If you haven't gotten the CD, go get it. For now, check out the interview and the "Robot" video.