The Come Up Show catches up with Saukrates [Interview]
Toronto, ON – Our friends over at The Come Up Show (hi, Martin Bauman) recently got on the phone with the legendary Saukrates for a lengthy chop-up (almost 30-minutes-long). Soxx has been in the game for a minute. And as Adam Bomb once pointed out – Soxx sings, produces, AND raps. And he does all three better than most cats can just do one.
The podcast covers a lot of territory. We learn about the first time Soxx ever heard hip-hop. Spoiler alert: it was in Edmonton at one of his parents’ post-cricket match parties. And it was “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash. We also learn about Saukrates’ extracurricular activity-filled youth (he played the violin and sang in the school choir). His mom wanted to get him doing more things, so he picked up on it.
Soxx takes the time to shout-out some of the relationships he has fostered in the scene. Particularly, we get a solid commentary on how Redman went from being one of Saukrates’ idols, to a mentor, to a brother And apparently, Red’s nickname for Saukrates is “Champ.” Cute. Soxx also takes a minute to talk about his relationship with Rich Kidd (who is producing Soxx’s forthcoming album).
Some cats were lukewarm on Soxx’s 2012 Season One album. But Amani delivered. Big time. People are getting hype. It’s only four-tracks in length. But it’s a tempting teaser for what Saukrates has coming our way with his forthcoming album release. Make sure you cop a listen to the podcast when you have a minute. And get familiar.
Blame it on a string of bad label situations. In two decades, only two solo albums and one group album have seen the light of day: The Underground Tapes in 1999, Big Black Lincoln’s Heaven’s Caught on Fire in 2006, and Season One in 2012. It’s no wonder that Saukrates feels like there’s so much more ground to cover, and with a self-titled solo EP set for release on September 23rd, there’s no better time than the present. The Come Up Show caught up with Saukrates to talk about his Amani EP, overcoming obstacles, the 20th anniversary of “Still Caught Up,” and much more.”
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