By the time Troy Beetles was born, KRS-One had released two albums already with the Bronx-born proto-hip-hop group Boogie Down Productions. Fast forward a quarter of a century and the eternal MC is on his 20th album, while Beetles, AKA Datsik, sits as king of the heavy bass hill as the head of Firepower Records.
In one of the more unlikely collaborations in recent memory, the two have come together on the track "No Requests" off of Datsik's upcoming Down 4 My Ninjas EP – A 5-track homage to hip hop's influence on stateside bass.
A track featuring the two may seem out of left-field, but hip hop was Datsik's first love, and KRS One in particular was a standout influence. "I've come from a hip hop back ground so to be able to combine two of my favorite types of music makes me feel really lucky," Datsik tells THUMP. "It was truly an honor to be able to work with such a legend in the hip hop world. It's really cool to be able to merge the two styles together."
The tune finds them both going hard with their definitive styles, KRS calling out the differences between rappers and MC's while Datsik builds a pressure drop that seethes with submarine sounds and lasers. It's rowdy and stompy and has all the swagger you'd expect of a melding of dubstep and hip hop.
"Shout out to KRS for having an open mind with this project and being such a cool dude," says Datsik. "It was a pleasure to work with him."