Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Saukrates - #FYEO ft. Sonreal (New)

Saukrates featuring Sonreal - #FYEO
Produced by Rich Kidd
From his ep: Amani
Vancouver/Toronto 2015

Saukrates
arrived on the hip-hop scene of the early-Nineties, a post-Native
Tongues rapper and producer who pioneered the Canadian hip-hop scene. He
has been awarded multiple Juno nominations for Best Rap Recording and
through his career has collaborated with the likes of Drake, Nelly
Furtado, Nas, Common, Redman, and Xzibit to name a few.

A fixture
in the top-tiers of the Canadian hip-hop scene, he is present as a
rapper, singer or producer on almost every Canadian major label hip-hop
release over the past 20 years. Providing the likes of K-os, Swollen
Members, Jully Black, Rascalz, Kardinal Offishal, and Choclair with his
unique style of production that has become synonymous with the
Torontonian hip-hop sound. Recently he has maintained his prevalence
working with the best of the new breed of Canadian rappers such as:
Classified, Shad, Tre Mission, SonReal, and OB Obrien.

On
September 23rd, he is positioned to issue his 4th release, “Amani” a
4-track EP featuring co-production by Rich Kidd and Snaz, and guest
appearances by SonReal. The release of Amani is a defining moment in
Saukrates’ career as he wipes the slate clean to begin a new chapter. A
chapter in which Saukrates is more introspective, experimental and
fervent in his approach to music.

The EP begins with “Kingdom
Come”, based around an orchestral soul loop, chopped and spliced by
SNAZ, that sets the backdrop perfectly for Saukrates’ staccato flow.
Saukrates then harnesses a reflective tone on the Rich Kidd produced
“Amani” as he takes on the perspective of his fans on the first two
verses, answering their questions on the third verse. Rich Kidd then
provides a infatuated Saukrates with a smooth half-time strip club
friendly banger on “#FYEO” while Son Real lends his his smoked out
sultry vocals on the hook. The final track, “The Big Bang” is a tongue
twisting lyrical melee where he discusses his wife, his child and his
past, while still slipping in the necessary hip hop bravado. Throughout
the EP you can sense a re-birth or more fittingly for Saukrates an
artist definitively finding his stride.

In Saukrates’ succinct
words: “Kingdom come: street corner Amani: intellectual smoker’s
lounge #FYEO: burlesque show The Big Bang: cipher Result:
all club, all car, all life.”
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