“When the battle with Nelly came up, I just took a track from Da Beatminerz without even asking them and rhymed over it. And that’s important to note because it says something about family and hip-hop. I just thought, ‘This shit is hot and I’m using it.’ And I sent them the record fully mixed and finished and Da Beatminerz was like, ‘Go Kris…We gotcha back!’ Because I knew Evil D and I knew Mr. Walt (members of Da Beatminerz). It was nothing…this was my family. I knew them even as far back as their Nervous Records days. The Boot Camp Clik called me and said, ‘Yo, when are we going to make this album we keep talking about?’ Me and Buck had been talking about doing an album together since ’93. So they called me up and said let’s finally do this shit.
When me and Buckshot did Survival Skills it was effortless. It was one of the most fun albums I had ever did! And the album was great! You walk into the studio and there was always a cloud of smoke [laughs]. You see Rock of Heltah Skeltah, you see Smif N Wessun, you see Buckshot…you are back in the ‘90s. Dudes are wearing hoodies and vests with Tims [laughs]. How could you not start spitting raw? I just went crazy. I started rhyming about all kinds of shit. My favorite song on there was ‘Clean Up Crew’. That shit was dope…I think everybody came off on that.”