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Birth name Karl Amani Wailoo
Also known as Big Sox
Born March 6, 1977 (1977-03-06) (age 33)
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Canadian hip hop, R&B
Occupations Producer, rapper, singer, songwriter
Years active 1994–present
Labels Capitol Hill Music
Associated acts Redman, Gilla House, Big Black Lincoln, Nelly Furtado

Karl Amani Wailoo[1] (born December 20, 1977), better known by his stage name Saukrates (pronounced /ˈsɒkrətiːz/; "Socrates"), is a Canadian rapper, singer, and record producer of Guyanese descent. He is the co-founder of Capitol Hill Music, and lead singer of hip-hop/R&B group Big Black Lincoln. He is also a member of Redman's Gilla House collective.



In 1994, his first track was titled "Still Caught Up", which earned a nomination for Best Rap Recording at the 1996 Juno Awards. He was also nominated for another Juno of the same award in 2000 for "Money or Love". In 2001, Saukrates produced the track "Uh-Huh" for Redman's Malpractice album, and appeared on a track called "Enjoy Da Ride". He also did a track called "Fine Line" for the soundtrack to Method Man and Redman's How High movie. In 2002, Saukrates teamed up with fellow Canadian producer Agile from BrassMunk to produce the track "Heaven", for Nas' album God's Son, and it featured Jully Black.

Canadian hip hop artists have had a hard time getting established south of the border, and Saukrates is no exception. In 1996, he was signed to Warner Bros. Records. Unfortunately for Saukrates, Warner dropped him in 1998,[2] which was one year before his debut album The Underground Tapes was released on Capitol Hill. By the year 2000, Saukrates reached another big deal with Def Jam and Gilla House Records (owned by Redman).[3] Eventually, Saukrates was dropped by Def Jam because he was no longer considered a priority, however he remained with Gilla House. He appears on two tracks of Redman's latest album Red Gone Wild, released in March 2007.

He completed a second album, Bad Addiction, in 2004, but has faced difficulty securing widespread release on a major label. In the meantime he has produced material for Big Black Lincoln and R&B singer Andreena Mill.[4]

Work with Nelly Furtado

On November 19, 2006, he performed "Promiscuous" with Nelly Furtado at halftime show of the 94th Grey Cup (the CFL championship game). Two days later, Saukrates beat-boxed during her performance of "Say It Right" at the 2006 American Music Awards in Los Angeles. On February 23, 2007, he appeared on the daytime drama One Life to Live with Furtado, performing "Promiscuous".

Saukrates also toured with Furtado on her Get Loose Tour, singing as a backing vocalist and supporting act.


Saukrates is aiming at a 2009 release for his much delayed second studio album. Singles include "Fades Away", "Ms. Yesterday" and "On The Run" with k-os, which is also featured on k-os' album, Yes!, as the alternatively titled "I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman". He collaborated with Method Man & Redman on the single "A-Yo", from their album Blackout! 2.

Personal life

He has a son with one-time stripper, and Mos Def's ex-wife, Alana Wyatt-Smith.[5]


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