Season One (Saukrates album)

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Season One
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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 24, 2012
Recorded2009–2012
GenreCanadian hip hop
LabelFrostByte/eOne
ProducerSaukrates, Rich Kidd, School of Velocity, Phraze & Rell
Saukrates chronology
The Underground Tapes
(1999)
Season One
(2012)
Singles from Season One
  1. "Drop It Down"
    Released: July 26, 2011
  2. "Say I"
    Released: October 25, 2011
    Re-released: January 31, 2012

Season One is the second studio album by Canadian rapper Saukrates, released April 24, 2012. It was released independently on FrostByte Media and eOne Music, 13 years after the release of his debut album The Underground Tapes. Singles from the album include "Drop It Down" and "Say I".

Background[edit]

After signing a record deal with Def Jam Recordings in 2000,[1] Saukrates began working on his second album, Bad Addiction, which was slated to be released in 2004.[2] He was eventually dropped by Def Jam, and failed to secure another major-label deal for the album, which was shelved despite being completed.[2] In 2006, Saukrates' group Big Black Lincoln released their debut album, Heaven's Caught on Fire, in Canada. The album showcased his R&B-style singing abilities, which later became common in his collaborations with other artists.

The album title, Season One, is a reference to what Saukrates calls "a wonderful new beginning" in his career.[3] On the album, he delivers a unique rapping-singing combination, paired with diverse styles of production, including boom bap, electronic, and live instrumentation.[3][4] The song "On the Run" (featuring k-os and Nelly Furtado) was previously released as "I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman", a single from k-os' 2009 album Yes!.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Exclaim!favorable[5]
RapReviews8/10[4]

RapReviews.com gave the album an 8/10 rating, stating "The self reflection and maturity of Season One clearly make it an overall effective album," also adding "In various songs Saukrates explores the triumphs and tragedies of life while remaining optimistic that better days are ahead."[4]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."Season One" 1:55
2."Say I" (featuring OB O'Brien)Rich Kidd3:53
3."Before We Go" (featuring Michelle Nyce) 4:10
4."Doorite" (featuring Nickelus F and k-os)School of Velocity3:52
5."All in an Instant" 4:13
6."Remember Me" 3:46
7."All the Way" (featuring Tasha the Amazon) 3:27
8."What a Day" 4:43
9."Sometimes" 3:10
10."Only One" (featuring Bowfire) 3:40
11."Tomorrow"Rich Kidd4:28
12."On the Run" (featuring k-os and Nelly Furtado)Rich Kidd3:09
13."Lost" 3:30
14."Save the Day" (featuring Richie Hennessey and OB O'Brien) 4:21
15."Feels Like Summer" 3:01
16."iPhone4" (featuring Meesah)Rich Kidd3:50
17."Drop It Down" (featuring Redman)Phraze & Rell3:49

Samples[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Saukrates Signs to Def Jam. Eye Weekly. Accessed on September 20, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Border Block - Canadian Hip Hop vs. America". CBC. Accessed on September 20, 2012.
  3. ^ a b Saukrates Exclaim!. Accessed on September 20, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c RapReviews review
  5. ^ Exclaim! review