The Solution (Buckshot and 9th Wonder album)

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The Solution
The Solution cover.jpg
Studio album by 9th Wonder & Buckshot
Released November 13, 2012
Recorded 2010-2012
Genre Hip hop
Length 41:47
Label Jamla Records
Duck Down Records
Producer 9th Wonder
9th Wonder & Buckshot chronology
The Formula
(2008)The Formula2008
The Solution

The Solution is a collaboration album by Boot Camp Clik member Buckshot and 9th Wonder (of Little Brother). It was released on November 13, 2012 through Duck Down Records.[1] This is third full-length collaboration between the two following up from their second album The Formula in 2008. The first single from the album was "The Change Up". The video was released on YouTube and was directed by Kenneth Price.[2] Another video was released for the song "Shorty Left" (featuring Rapsody).[3]


Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
HipHopDX 3.5/5 stars[4]
XXL 4/5 stars (XL)[5]

The Solution was met with generally favorable reviews from music critics. Jesse Fairfax of HipHopDX gave the album three and a half stars out of five, saying "The album is full of fiery conviction as the rapper steadily defies irrelevance finding harmony with 9th Wonder's trademark soul sound. Telling his fabled story of survival within the industry and streets, "What I Gotta Say," "Crazy," and "Keep It Going" all convey a wisdom removed from ego and false pretense as Buckshot is ever grateful for the opportunity to still be heard."[4] Bogar Alonso of XXL gave the album an XL, saying "Over the course of three albums, two hip-hop troubadours have perfected a formula that is far from formulaic, and that captures both of their talents. Some people would call that a solution, 9th Wonder & Buckshot call it a day’s work."[5]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 196 on the US Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 2,300 copies in the United States.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "The Big Bang" 3:51
2. "What I Gotta Say" 3:49
3. "Stop Rapping" 3:40
4. "Crazy" 3:02
5. "The Feeling" 3:48
6. "Sam" 2:53
7. "Pat Em Down" 3:51
8. "Keep It Going" 2:44
9. "The Change Up" 2:41
10. "Shorty Left" (featuring Rapsody) 3:13
11. "You" (featuring Dyme-A-Duzin) 3:37
12. "The Solution" 4:32


  • "What I Gotta Say" contains a sample of "New Direction" by The Foundations
  • "Crazy" contains a sample of "I Don't See Me in Your Eyes Anymore" by The Glass House
  • "The Feeling" contains a sample of "Let the Feeling Talk to You" by The Dells
  • "SAM" contains a sample of "Where Do We Go From Here/Journey" by Enchantment
  • "Pat Em Down" contains a sample of "Tear Down the Walls" by Lamont Dozier
  • "Keep It Going" contains a sample of "Break Down for Love" by Tavares
  • "The Change Up" contains a sample of "Love Is Just a Dream" by Cliff Dawson
  • "Shorty Left" contains a sample of "All I Need Is Time" by First Choice
  • "You" contains a sample of "I Just Don't Know" by Tommy Tate
  • "The Solution" contains a sample of "Which One Should I Choose" by The Unifics


  • Executive producer: 9th Wonder
  • Associate executive producer: Dru Ha & Buckshot
  • Mixing: Dan The Man
  • Mastering: Isaac Romero
  • Artwork: Skrilla, Jacqueline Shao


  1. ^ "Home " Store " CDs " 9th Wonder & Buckshot (of Black Moon) - 'The Solution (DIGIPACK)' (Audio CD)". Retrieved November 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ "9th Wonder & Buckshot "The Change Up" Music Video". YouTube. Retrieved October 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ "9th Wonder & Buckshot "Shorty Left" Music Video feat. Rapsody". YouTube. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Fairfax, Jesse (December 1, 2012). "9th Wonder and Buckshot The Solution". HipHopDX. Retrieved November 15, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Alonso, Bogar (December 1, 2012). "9th Wonder & Buckshot, The Solution Review" (Web). XXL. Harris Publications. Retrieved November 29, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 11/18/2012". HipHopDX. Retrieved November 21, 2012.