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    Saukrates

    Years active: 1994 - present Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

    Saukrates may be one of the most influential hip-hop figures in Canadian hip-hop. Since making his debut in '94 with "Still Caught Up" (which was nominated for Best Rap Recording at the '96 Junos), Saukrates also found success as the leader of Big Black Lincoln, as well as working closely with Redman and Method Man. Having released multiple LPs and mixtapes, the MC is also the co-founder of Capitol Hill Music, an independent record label that Saukrates created with his manager, Chase Parsons. The label, in fact, is in a way responsible for Kardinal Offishall's eventual fame, as it released Kardinal's debut album, creating a sturdy foundation for the rapper.