Sound Advice: Amani, by Saukrates
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Sound Advice: Amani, by Saukrates

The local hip-hop artist delivers a short and sweet album that will leave you wanting more.

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If Saukrates’ 2012 album Season One didn’t grab you, the local hip-hop artist aims to make it up to you with Amani. With four tracks coming in at just 14 minutes in total, the latest from Saukrates doesn’t have a lot of time to win you over—but that’s only because it doesn’t need it. Amani is a blast from start to finish; it hits the ground running and proves the Toronto hip-hop veteran remains a force to be reckoned with.

Production on this project is polished to a fine sheen, right from the boomed-out, soul-flavoured soundscape that is “Kingdom Come,” a song that feels almost Jay Z-esque in vibe and tenor. The title track, “Amani,” is a deeply personal number, set up as a press conference Q&A session with Saukrates addressing family, fans, and critics alike. “The Big Bang” bursts with braggadocio, while “FYEO”—featuring West Coast rapper-artist SonReal—is a slowed-down, syrupy track that delves into male-female relationships.

At this stage in his career, Saukrates knows who he is, what he’s accomplished, and where he stands in the Canadian hip-hop landscape. In terms of flow, he hasn’t missed a beat—in fact, he’s picked up a trick or two, adapting to the rap cadences of his younger compadres. The result: Amani is a straight-up hip-hop record that will have many hungry for more.