[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.

[Mixtape] Big K.R.I.T. – “See Me On Top 4″

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Mississippi native and rapper/record producer Big K.R.I.T. delivers his latest project titled, See Me On Top 4. The 22-track mixtape features the likes of Yo Gotti, Fabolous, Juicy J, and more. As per usual, the majority of production is handled by K.R.I.T. himself. His forthcoming second studio album, Cadillactica, will arrive in November. Stream/download below.



Download: Big K.R.I.T. – “See Me On Top 4″

[Audio] Dillan Ponders “JOHNNY CASH” (Prod. MikeMurder)

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The walking psychedelic Dillan Ponders let’s loose a new record titled ‘Johnny Cash’ off SmashMouth Entertainment’s upcoming SmashMouth Mentality Volume 2 compilation tape. Dillan Walks the line in true Johnny Cash fashion over the guitar driven track produced by Mike Murder; Dillan always brings that fire. The SmashMouth Mentality Volume 2 compilation will feature exclusive new material from SmashMouth’s roster of artists & select guests.

[Mixtape] Gucci Mane – “The Return Of Mr. Perfect”

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Gucci Mane adds three more years to his prison sentence after being charged for aggravated assault stemming from a March 2013 incident. Although we haven’t seen any lack of Gucci Mane music these days, we won’t actually be seeing the rapper himself for another three years. On that note, check out Gucci Manes latest project The Return Of Mr. Perfect, featuring Shanell, Chill Will, Strap Da Fool, Mike Will Made It, 808 Mafia, Drumma Boy, Wyclef Jean, Sonny Digital and more.

[Audio] KAi Sky Walker- “Someone Else”

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KAi Sky Walker releases “Someone Else”, the second official single off his up coming project New Mind | Old Soul: [Chapter V], KAi effortlessly flows over the wavy instrumental – a glitch/trip-hop re-edit of Applebottom’s Let You – using rhythm and melody to paint a picture of love lost. This track sets the tone for Chapter V, establishing the EDM, glitch and future-bounce sound that resonates throughout.

[Audio] DUBB- “My Day” ( Prod.Cy Fyre, Trumpet Dude & B Ham)

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Rapper DUBB releases his new song “MY DAY” produced by Cy Fyre, Trumpet Dude & B Ham. This smooth, horn driven track will appear on The Av8ers front mans latest release “Perfect Timing” hosted by DJ Skee & DJ Whoo Kid later on this year.

[News] PARTYNEXTDOOR Announces “PARTYNEXTDOOR Live” Tour

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After opening for Drake and Lil Wayne on select Drake vs. Lil Wayne tour dates, OVO Sound’s PARTYNEXTDOOR has announced the “PARTYNEXTDOOR Live” tour. Beginning on October 19th in Montreal, QC, PND will visit cities including New York, Dallas, Miami, Chicago, Toronto, and more before ending on November 22nd in Los Angeles, CA. His debut studio album, PARTYNEXDOOR Two was released on July 29, 2014 and can be purchased via iTunes. Check out the full tour dates above.

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