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[Interview + Podcast] Saukrates talks “Amani,” overcoming obstacles, and the 20th anniversary of “Still Caught Up”

Interview by: Martin Bauman

Saukrates might be the best trifecta artist in North America. Beats. Singing. Rhymes. Name someone else that can do all three well.” Adam Bomb’s words are absolutely true. From his debut twenty years ago on “Still Caught Up” to today, few — if any — come close to touching Saukrates in all categories. It’s a crime that for all of his ability, his name hasn’t quite permeated the masses on the level of his peers. 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. We caught up with Saukrates to talk about his Amani EP, overcoming obstacles, the 20th anniversary of “Still Caught Up,” and much more.

Listen to the podcast above and read the interview after the jump.

[Podcast] #ThrowBackThursday – Ghostface Killah

Ghostface Killah Podcast on The Come Up Show

Happy #TBT! The Come Up Show Podcast is back with another throwback to mark the occasion, this time taking a look back at our interview with the Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah. He talks to Chedo about everything from the power of music, to how he conducts his live performance, to his beliefs about God and much more. As always on our throwback episodes, Chedo joins the podcast to tell the behind the scenes story of how the interview went down. Listen to the podcast below and if you haven’t already, make sure you subscribe on iTunes. We’re proud to announce that our podcast series has been played over 10,000 times on SoundCloud, and we’re only going to keep growing.

[Video Premiere + Interview] The Extremities (Fresh Kils & Uncle Fester) – “Sour Times Up” Routine

The Extremities - Sour Times Up Routine

HEAT! Fresh Kils and Uncle Fester (together known as The Extremities) are back at it again with another routine, this time blending Portishead’s “Strangers” and “Sour Times” with O.C.’s “Time’s Up” to create “Sour Times Up” — not just a clever name-twist but a dope combination from two unexpected corners of the music world. Even better, the guys were kind enough to give us the honours of premiering it. The routine comes as the Toronto/Halifax duo prepare to embark on a U.S. tour to promote their new album, Instruments. Check out the routine below and read the mini-interview after the jump.

[Interview + Podcast] Freddie Joachim talks digging for records, keys to happiness, and advice for new artists

Interview by: Martin Bauman

Few contemporary producers have mastered the art of smooth, jazz-based hip-hop more than Freddie Joachim. The San Diego producer/deejay has mellow to a tee, which is only fitting considering he helps run the independent label Mellow Orange. Joachim has earned respect from all corners — collaborating with the likes of Aloe Blacc, Blu, and Joey Bada$$, and gaining co-signs from everyone from Slum Village to Phonte — including here in Canada, where he’s forged a friendship with fellow producer Muneshine and earned props from Slakah the Beatchild. After releasing Fiberglass Kisses in 2012, Joachim is working on his latest album, set for release sometime next year. We caught up with him to talk about crate digging, keys to happiness, advice for new artists, and much more.

Listen to the podcast above and read the interview after the jump.

[Audio] Tona ft. Kayo – “Ol Time Sake” (Prod: Slot-A)

Tona - Ol Time Sake

Here’s one to bump while the last days of summer come to an end. Tona teams up with Kayo and Chicago producer Slot-A for “Ol Time Sake,” a one-off single ahead of his upcoming album Carpe Diem. Slot-A sets the scene with a futuristic pitched-up soul vibe over some banging drums. As usual, Tona does his thing: precise flow, impeccable delivery. Kayo’s technical progression continues to shine through here too — it’ll be long past due when his official Black Box album eventually drops. Stream and download “Ol Time Sake” below and stay tuned for Tona’s album, set to drop in mid-September.

[Podcast] #ThrowBackThursday – Sean Price

Sean Price Podcast on The Come Up Show

It’s time for another episode of #ThrowBackThursdays on The Come Up Show Podcast. Last time around, we brought you Chedo’s interview with Big Sean. This time, we bring you our interview with Duck Down’s Sean Price. He talks to Chedo about everything from not caring about other people’s opinions, to working with Black Milk and Guilty Simpson, to retirement. Check out the podcast with Sean Price below, and if you haven’t already, make sure you subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

[Video] Miles Jones – “Satisfied” (Dir: Graham Beasley)

Miles Jones - Satisfied

Late pass on this one, but I’m going to defend myself by saying it’s timely given this past weekend’s PGA Championship. Miles Jones dropped the goofy (or should I say golf-y) visuals to “Satisfied,” a sneakily infectious track off The Jones Act (Part III) that’s perfect for the summertime. Graham Beasley gets the directors credit for this DJ Serious-produced track. Check out the visuals to “Satisfied” below. For more on Miles Jones, make sure you check out our interview with him.

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