Saukrates

The Underground Tapes

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Prepare yourself for a Canadian offensive, because Saukrates is only one of a few accomplished Maple Leaf artists ready to infiltrate U.S. soil. Influenced by the quintessential N.Y. sound of old, Saukrates self-produced jazzy synthesizers and organic string sections permeate with a native-tongues vibe. But it's lyrically where Saukrates distinguishes himself, as his flow and domineering habitation on the mike is utterly hypnotic. Many of Sauk's finest moments come courtesy of expansive collaborations, as guests include Pharoh Monch "Innovations," Common "Play Dis (99 Sox Remix)," and Xzibit "Keep It Moving."

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