Mixtape/Video: Saukrates - The Preseason Mix + "Saukrates' Philosophy: Part III"
Saukrates has rightly solidified himself as a legend in Toronto's hip-hop scene. He's influenced – and worked with – the city's brightest stars over the years, all while staying busy out on the road with Redman and in the studio working on his own albums. The latest of those albums is Season One, via FrostByte Media Inc./eOne, which is being released today through physical retail in Canada and digital retail in the U.S. The album will be released through physical retail in the U.S. this August.
To celebrate the release, Saukrates is giving fans a free mixtape, The Preseason Mix: Eastern Conference Edition, mixed by DJ Starting From Scratch, a collection of tracks throughout Saukrates' career, starting with his Capital Hill days in 1999 and continuing through his time with Warner, Def Jam, Gilla House, and more, before closing out with his current FrostByte material.
Asked why he decided to release the mixtape, Saukrates stated, simply, "Why not?" noting that the influence of friends and business associates encouraged him to get behind the project. "I forget how much of my material from an extensive period of my career hasn't been made available to everybody," says Saukrates. "It's heart-warming to know that friends and fans still hold a special place in their lives for my past material."
Accompanying the mixtape is the latest episode in Saukrates' recurring webisode series, "Saukrates' Philosophy." In this latest video, presented by FrostByte and produced by Huntclub, Saukrates breaks down the history of Canadian hip-hop, and in particular how coverage and recognition of the scene has developed, for the better, over time.
Video: I Don't Camouflage Series #4 - Kevin Powell
I Don't Camouflage participated in a standing-room only Trayvon Martin Rally hosted by Kevin Powell at House of the Lord Church in Downtown Brooklyn. Right before his speech, Kevin Powell shared his take on the concept of I Don't Camouflage, its relationship with peer pressure, and his top 3 people who don't camouflage.
REKS new LP, Straight, No Chaser, which is entirely produced by Statik Selektah and features appearances by Slaine, Termanology and this banger below featuring Action Bronson is now available where fine music is sold!
Milwaukee-bred NYC resident SigNif presents the Darren Cole/self-directed video for "Like My Style", the Gee Wiz-produced cut from her most recent release Embracing Rejection, which features J. Nolan, Haz Solo, Tay Lee, Gee Wiz, Keno, IzReal, HPThaHybrid, JBM, Radio Raheim, Thaddeus Otts, Knowsum, DJ Puerto Roc, Sauce Fonda, Sudan Life and Gambitt. "[Like My Style] is me explaining how I don’t fit the typical rapper mode, and how I’m 100% fine with that," says SigNif. "Embracing Rejection is about the trials and tribulations of a starving artist trying to pave her way into an industry that’s not particularly in her favor. Rejection is a big part of life and once I was able to except it, I was able to use if for encouragement." Rejection is the follow-up to last year's Significant Wizdom EP, produced entirely by Gee Wiz, which was preceded by The Transition (see her videos for "Lovely Imperfections" and "Drifting"). SigNif performs in NYC Wednesday April 25 at Lit Lounge (93 2nd Avenue) with J. Philippe, Laurensara, Ane, Yoshi Thetalent and K Rizz.
Video: Rewd Adams & Last Skeptik - "Everything's OK"
Everything's OK is the new single from rapper Rewd Adams and DJ/producer The Last Skeptik, and taken from their stupendously anticipated forthcoming album ‘How Not To Make A Living’. There is no other way to describe ‘Everything’s OK’ apart from ‘massive’. It is a 120bpm behemoth-like banger of a track with the undeniable bounce of Outkast and a hook so infectious you may have to apply some anti-bac gel to your mind after listening to it. The song brings an industrial vat full of vibes in an ode to what could be a woman, but could also be a metaphor for Rewd’s love of writing. Listen closely and decide for yourselves, you clever people.