Happy Anniversary Saukrates AKA Bigg Soxx.
Salute and much respect for Saukrates – mister ‘city on my back’ before the Toronto vs. Everybody t-shirts. Toronto’s music scene has been thriving and vibing – mostly in basements – long before Drake and the ‘6ix’ hype.
This is a tribute to one of our OGs.
Saukrates – is a Canadian hip-hop artist – notorious in the underground scene.
Rapper, Singer, Producer, and Songwriter. An all-encompassing artist.
For literally two-thirds of his life, this MC has been making and producing music. Talk about being married to the game…
Saukrates co-founded Capitol Hill Music – a Canadian independent record label which released Kardinal Offishall’s debut album Eye & I back in 97.
Canadian artists were getting no love at the time so Saukrates made his own moves.
He is the lead singer of Big Black Lincoln. You might be thinking back to that house party in 2006.
This old school hip-hop/R&B group dropped one of the most underrated singles in Toronto’s hip-hop history: Pimpin’ Life from the album Heaven’s Caught on Fire.
Saukrates is on the soundtrack for the movie How High (Method Man/Redman’s movie) and is still closely connected with Methodman and Redman (Gilla House Records).
He’s made his mark in Toronto sports – MLB, NBA, NHL, and CFL:
Working closely with the Raptors, performing during the CFL Grey Cup championship, and for nearly a decade, he has been the narrative for Toronto Blue Jays commercials and documentaries.
In 2011, he made the song “Say I” for a Nike commercial which featured Toronto-born NHL player P.K. Subban.
He last released music in 2014 – an EP titled ‘Amani’ which references his name: Karl Amani Wailoo.
He recorded the EP at the Post Office – a studio open to the public in Liberty Village (Toronto) that Saukrates refers to as his ‘go-to space’.
WELL DAMN. Saukrates has served his city well.
Look out for the re-release of The Underground Tapes (1999) which will bring the entire record to digital streaming services for the first time ever.
All 13 original album tracks have been remastered. For the real hip-hop heads, this is great news and Saukrates is pretty excited about it:
“So many fans, old and new, have been requesting it be made available again and this is flattery
at its finest. Now, almost 20 years later and using all the new technology, we’re ready to do it
again and reach all those who missed the chance to add this LP to their collection.”
Enjoy this classic and nod your head to our hometown hero.
-Can’t put me in a box