The Underground Tapes

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The Underground Tapes
Studio album by Saukrates
Released June 22, 1999
Recorded 1996–1999
Genre Canadian hip hop
Length 44:90
Label Serious/Capitol Hill
Producer Chase Parsons (exec.), Saukrates (exec.), Mike Caren (exec.), Mr. Attic, Day
Saukrates chronology
Brick House
(1997)
The Underground Tapes
(1999)
Season One
(2012)
Alternative cover
Cover of the Canadian re-release.
Singles from The Underground Tapes
  1. "Money or Love"
    Released: 1999

The Underground Tapes is the debut studio album of Canadian rapper Saukrates, released June 22, 1999 in the United States.[1] It was released independently on Serious Entertainment and Capitol Hill Music. In late summer 1999, the album was re-released in Canada with six additional tracks.[2] Three songs from the album—"Innovations", "Play Dis (99 Remix)", and "Rollin"—are remixes. The only single from the album was "Money or Love", which was nominated for a Juno Award in 2000.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]
MVRemix (7.5/10)[4]

Allmusic stated "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."[5]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Producer(s) Featured guest(s) Length
1. "Intro" 1:12
2. "Can't Touch Us" Saukrates (co-produced by Mr. Attic) 3:52
3. "Money or Love" Saukrates 4:18
4. "Bag da Biscuit" Saukrates 2:40
5. "Da Professional" Saukrates 5:57
6. "Keep It Movin" Saukrates Xzibit 3:23
7. "Innovations" Saukrates Pharoahe Monch 3:59
8. "Fine Line" Saukrates 2:35
9. "Play Dis (99 Remix)" Saukrates Common 3:35
10. "Body Language" Mr. Attic Choclair 4:08
11. "Check for Me" Saukrates 4:35
12. "Ultimate Rush" Mike Caren Heltah Skeltah 3:03
13. "Rollin" Saukrates Masta Ace and O.C. 4:13

The Canadian re-release features six additional tracks.

# Title Producer(s) Length
14. "Suga Daddy" Saukrates 3:54
15. "Bag da Biscuit (Ain't Nuttin But A....)" Saukrates 3:47
16. "Vietnam" Saukrates 3:56
17. "Killed or Be Killed" Saukrates 3:15
18. "Ay, Ay, Ay" Saukrates 3:48
* "Father Time" (hidden track) Day (co-produced by Saukrates) 4:22

Samples[edit]

Personnel[edit]

  • Greg Barrett – Mixing
  • Mike Caren – Producer, Executive Producer, Mixing
  • Choclair – Performer
  • Heltah Skeltah – Performer
  • Saukrates – Producer, Executive Producer
  • Xzibit – Performer

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vol. 1-Underground Tapes Amazon. Accessed on November 3, 2009.
  2. ^ Saukrates > Overview Allmusic. Accessed on November 3, 2009.
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ MVRemix review
  5. ^ The Underground Tapes > Overview Allmusic. Accessed on November 3, 2009.