Saukrates to perform this Sunday at Manifesto [Interview]
Toronto, ON – One of Canada’s living hip-hop legends hits the stage on Sunday, September 26th at Yonge & Dundas Square for MANIFESTO 2010. But if you’re looking to pick up an album you’ll have to wait until November 9th 2010, when Saukrates, aka Big Soxx releases his much delayed yet much anticipated second studio album, Season One. Singles include “Ms. Yesterday”, “Hot Like Summer”, and “On the Run” with k-os and Nelly Furtado, which is also featured on the recent k-os album.
Having collaborated with the likes of Redman, Method Man, Masta Ace, Xzibit, and fellow-Canadians Drake, Maestro, Kardi, and Andreena Mill, Sauks is a rapper, singer and record producer who is also the co-founder of Capitol Hill Music, lead singer of hip-hop/R&B group Big Black Lincoln, and a member of Redman’s Gilla House collective.
The established Canadian artist will be performing on stage with Rich Kidd who he recently worked with on “The Search” alongside Drake. The dude has been already showing mad love to the festival tweeting @biggsoxx, so hit him up on Twitter after the jump!
HipHopCanada: You were just on a 3-day Atlantic Canada Renaissance Run Tour with Choclair. How was that?
Saukrates: Great! Intimate and interactive crowds. Rock ‘n Roll! I’m heading back this fall too.
HipHopCanada: What do you love most about Toronto?
Saukrates: Family, food, females, French immersion, football (both European and American), hockey, hip-hop, Honest Ed’s, health care system, high times, educational music programs, world-class architecture, the “sky’s the limit” mentalities, etc. I’ve lived in (no specific order) Ottawa, Edmonton, New York, Los Angeles and Toronto. My friends, family and associates live all over the world and I’ve always thrived off of cultural melting pots.
HipHopCanada: What is your biggest piece of advice for young artists trying to get into the industry?
Saukrates: Travel if you can. Get some perspective not only on music but also on life.
HipHopCanada: What has been the biggest challenge for you as an artist? What are you most proud of over the years?
Saukrates: To NOT expand! [Laughing] Staying in one place (musically and geographically) is boring. I’m proud of my discography.
HipHopCanada: What artists are you feeling right now?
Saukrates: Rich kidd, Jay Electronica, Jay-z, Redman, Andreena Mill, Melanie Fiona, Kardinal Offishall, k-os, Cee-lo, King Reign, Drake, D-sisive, Tona, S-Roc and myself. Again, I’m naming only a few hip-hop artists; not enough time to go in depth.
HipHopCanada: As one of Canada’s best hip-hop artists, what do you think of the Canadian hip-hop industry? How has the industry evolved over the past 10 years?
Saukrates: I LOVE IT! And it’s still growing.
HipHopCanada: What can we expect from you at MANIESTO this year?
Saukrates: A great performance for my fans, old and new!
HipHopCanada: What is your MANIFESTO?
Saukrates: A showing of artistic minds from all over the world and based in T.O.
HipHopCanada: Final words?
Saukrates: Go buy Saukrates: Season One when it drops! Grab my new Street EP The Bigg Soxx Versions (more on that coming soon) mixed with Wristpect and everything else in my catalogue. And come see the show, worldwide! Peace, Saukrates Inc.
Written by Julia Che for HipHopCanada