KRS-One might be an eloquent nut, but give the Bronx rap legend his due: Rather than ride on the fumes of a greatness documented across 2000's Jive collection KRS-One: A Retrospective and 2005's Traffic/B Boy deluxe reissue of Boogie Down Productions' Criminal Minded, the Teacher has stayed active and creative at about the profile level of a real schoolteacher—never better than in collaboration with Raphi of the Footsoldiers on 2006's "Gimmie Da Gun," and now with Boot Camp Clik's Buckshot on the new Survival Skills. Produced by Havoc of Mobb Deep, "Robot" goes beyond attacking Auto-Tune overuse to take robo-music as a metaphor for robo-thinking. "We Made It," with Slug of Atmosphere, poignantly redefines its title expression as simply living life successfully. "Think of All the Things," with K'naan, finds KRS pleading with young women: "You keep seeking little boys who only want sex from you/Real men want the rest of you." This is hip hop as revival tent, led by a juicily emphatic preacher in his 40s, yet still "hungry like I never had a meal." 18+. (Photo by MC Head)
Sat., Oct. 24, 10 p.m., 2009
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