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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.

[Audio Premiere + Interview] TassNata ft. Junia-T & Iman Omari – “For The Summer” (Prod: Snazz)

for the summer

I mentioned the other day when TassNata dropped “Walking Away” that he had a new joint coming this week. That time has come. Before Mourning, an album TassNata has been secretly working on for the past while is near completion. Personally, I can be more excited. Which is why I’m happy to premiere this new tune and the first single off Before Mourning – “For The Summer” featuring Junia-T & Iman Omari. Produced by Snazz, this ode to summertime is one to cap off what was an amazing summer. For myself, TassNata, Junia-T, Iman Omari and without a doubt all of you! Though this isn’t your ordinary summer tune. This is a crack the bottle, vibe out kind of tune. “Summer nights I like a fire with the music loud. Rapping, I amuse the crowd, what happens as I move around”. This one is for the summer! We’ll probably party til the suns up! As the warm weather fades, this couldn’t be a more perfect joint to capture those last moments. Don’t take it all from me though, TassNata spoke on what his summer was like in LA with Junia-T, gave us an exclusive behind the scenes story from the video shoot for “For The Summer” and more! *There’s also some exclusive pictures from their time over there you can peep!*

Take a listen after the jump!

[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.

[Interview + Podcast] Eternia talks gratitude, being present in the moment, and life after hip-hop

Interview by: Martin Bauman

Who’s the most underrated artist in Canadian hip-hop? There are many, but Eternia would have to be among the forerunners. Bar for bar, she can rap better than just about anyone and hold her own with the very best in the game. She’s earned respect from the likes of DJ Premier and Pete Rock, and her 2010 album At Last with MoSS earned a Juno nomination as Rap Recording of the Year.

The funny thing is, as soon as the Ottawa emcee started earning the praise and recognition she was due, she decided to take a step back from hip-hop. With the exception of a few rare guest appearances and “Final Offering,” it’s been four years since Eternia has released any substantial work. Instead, she’s opted to pursue other passions — at least for now.

Needing to know whether we’d ever hear another Eternia album again, we reached out to her and spoke about the importance of gratitude, learning to be present in the moment, what life after hip-hop brings, and much more. Listen to the podcast above and read the interview after the jump.

[Interview] Elcee talks “LeoSoul,” success, and personal growth

Elcee Interview on The Come Up Show

Interview by: Eternity Martis

When I first meet LaShawn Powell, also known by his stage name, Elcee, the first thing I notice is how surprisingly down-to-earth he is. I’d say I agree with rapper Earl Sweatshirt when he boils it down to Toronto rappers being “grandma nice”, but that couldn’t be the case. Born in Nova Scotia, and raised between Windsor and Toronto, Elcee’s graciousness is not a symptom of too-nice carebear T.O rappers, nor a facade- it’s an admirable, innate characteristic.

Elcee has been recoding music for the past few years, but it wasn’t until the release of his #SoundCloudSundays series that a true, dedicated artist was born. And what makes an artist true? One that has the courage to be forthright about his experiences, and has the desire to inspire the same bravery in others. He mixes Hip-Hop with R&B, Rap, and beats ranging from dreamy to bass-thumping, all without needing to justify or label himself.

Articulate, well-spoken, and composed, Elcee is careful about what he says and how he says it. He understands the fine line between narcissism and confidence, and that no success comes without struggle.

I sat down with Elcee to discuss music, success, and personal growth, as well as his upcoming project, LeoSoul, produced by Bonham and set to drop July 23rd.

Read the interview after the jump.

[Interview + Podcast] Muneshine talks “In Transit,” life lessons, and not being afraid to be different

Interview by: Martin Bauman

The last time we caught up with Muneshine, he was at a crossroads: musically, better than ever after collaborating with D-Sisive on Jonestown 3, and yet personally, fed up with the lack of support and infrastructure in Canada. His and D-Sisive’s exasperation represented how a lot of Canadian hip-hop artists felt, and at the time, it seemed entirely possible that both were done with hip-hop. As a fan, it was heartbreaking to watch. An era had ended before it had even been given its due.

A lot can change in the course of two years, and fittingly, that’s the theme through which we re-encounter Muneshine on his latest album, In Transit: navigating his way into new musical lanes, seeking new challenges. Less involved in hip-hop and more inspired by dance music these days, In Transit shows as much as things may have changed, he still can’t seem to ditch the rapping bug yet. We caught up with Muneshine to talk about the album, life lessons, not being afraid to be different, and much more. Listen to the podcast above and read the interview after the jump.

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