Saturday, September 15, 2007

Saukrates "Hate Runs Deep" (1996)

I don't know how much I have to add to what's been said about Saukrates, as we've previously posted "Father Time" and "Action", but I slept on this joint right here for about a decade. Anyone with the most casual interest in mid/late-90's hip-hop knows about "Father Time", but somehow this joint slipped through the cracks for a lot of cats. I'd go so far as to say that overall, this was his strongest 12"..."Father Time" and "Action" were monster cuts, but were ultimately good for one joint each. "Hate Runs Deep" delivers two:

"Hate Runs Deep" is as dark (and subtle) as the title suggests; shit isn't just about surface aggression. Like other Saukrates gems, the track is cold: strong break, ill sample, simple but effective chorus. In this case, the samples coalesce to produce a slightly unsettling effect that only serves to complement Saukrates' aggressive delivery.

The cut that deserves the most attention on the 12" is buried on the b-side, "Get Touched" (the "Hate Runs Deep" remix is a throwaway). Again, Sauk rocks over a classic break and an ill sample, with lyrics framed by a chanted chorus. Lots of style shit here, printed lyrics can't quite do the flow justice:

Disgusted -
with all the carry-on,
confused 'cause ya always vary on:
nomadic, Asiatic, strong
Gettin' ill, here's my testimonial, G:
Fuck everything ya see, main focus is ME

Saukrates' wordplay shines as well:

Generatin' street ruckus with my nouns and verbs
Cater to real muthafuckas with a thirst for words
Bionic, hydroponics -
I rap 'til I'm blue like Sonic, delivery's monotonic,
but my style's octophonic
I hate to say it,
but you're weak and your style's prosaic

Damn, remember the days when MCs got props for using diverse vocabularies effectively? Includes "Hate Runs Deep" (Vocal & instrumental), "Hate Runs Deep Remix" (Vocal and Instrumental), and "Get Touched".


Blogger Tired-N-Broke said...

Aaaahhh man this is a gem, never heard this B4, but this shit is Crazy, I'm loving the beats and the content, its already on my mp3 player..... great post Espionage... got a question for u, who else in this song with him??? sounds kinda like Chace Infinite, well anyway keep it up homey and peace...


8:19 AM  
Blogger Andyman187 said...

The other emcee is marvel.

7:57 PM  
Blogger HeRBaN LyRiX said...

CLaSSiC Canadian HiP HoP indeed, thanks for the link `cuz I`ve been lookin` hard for this joint...

STaY BLeSS`n...

3:17 AM  
Blogger Kagan M. said...

Been looking for "Action" by Sauks for a while! This'll do, though

Peep the poster:

6:16 PM  
Blogger Eddy said...

Thanks for this... hard to find, slept on Canadian classic.

8:18 AM  
Blogger Soul Brother No. 7 said...

@ Tired-N-Broke:
It sounds like Chace because that IS Chace! L.A.'s own.

Local radio shows used to kill this record. Thanks to the blog owner for having it available. Excellent disclaimer, BTW, because that's genuinely what's really up about a lot of this material.

8:23 PM  
Blogger o.s.u.m said...

Kagan, you should know, I got you on that Action joint. Hit me up. Oh BTW, u ever plan on finishing the Infinite King-Fu series? lol

6:39 PM  
Blogger Lauryn said...

Your blog is absolutely great!
Thank you so much for sharing and congratulations! :)
Best regards from Spain

10:33 AM  
Blogger djespionage said...

late response, but 'Action' was posted much earlier than this 12":

11:14 AM  
Blogger kingmarkus said...

please re-up on mediafire bro those links aint working out ..i need this track baaadddd !!!!thanks in advance..Toronto all day !!!

email me

10:50 AM  
Blogger kingmarkus said...

please re-up on mediafire bro those links aint working out ..i need this track baaadddd !!!!thanks in advance..Toronto all day !!!

email me

10:51 AM  

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