No Features by Sadat X on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Though best known for his work with Brand Nubian, New York hip-hop legend Sadat X has a growing discography of solo albums, most released independently and under the radar, but still overwhelmingly tight. No Features is his seventh time out since 1996's Wild Cowboys and finds the Uptown resident really going for self, with absolutely no guests whatsoever. Production comes exclusively from Will Tell (down with the Brooklyn Academy), who cooks up a nice batch of 15 boom-bap joints for X to do his thing on. With his truly unique voice, intricate wordplay, and conceptual verses, Sadat sounds just as strong as he did 20 years ago, going off on tracks like "March Madness" where he compares various rappers with post-season college hoop squads, the bass-heavy domestic violence jam "He Hit Me," and ripped-from-the-headlines closer "Whatchu Gone Do," where he touches on Osama bin Laden, the stimulus package, and North Korea. Other standouts include "Day of the Jackal" and the insanely catchy title track.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though best known for his work with Brand Nubian, New York hip-hop legend Sadat X has a growing discography of solo albums, most released independently and under the radar, but still overwhelmingly tight. No Features is his seventh time out since 1996's Wild Cowboys and finds the Uptown resident really going for self, with absolutely no guests whatsoever. Production comes exclusively from Will Tell (down with the Brooklyn Academy), who cooks up a nice batch of 15 boom-bap joints for X to do his thing on. With his truly unique voice, intricate wordplay, and conceptual verses, Sadat sounds just as strong as he did 20 years ago, going off on tracks like "March Madness" where he compares various rappers with post-season college hoop squads, the bass-heavy domestic violence jam "He Hit Me," and ripped-from-the-headlines closer "Whatchu Gone Do," where he touches on Osama bin Laden, the stimulus package, and North Korea. Other standouts include "Day of the Jackal" and the insanely catchy title track.

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3:02
4:14
2:51
2:49
3:17
2:38
3:08
3:01
3:26
2:52
2:23
2:38
3:50
2:40

About Sadat X

As a member of Brand Nubian, Sadat X (born Derek Murphy) was one of the key MCs whose messages were inspired by the Five Percent Nation. Two years after Brand Nubian's third album, Everything Is Everything, he made his solo debut with Wild Cowboys, which built on his lyrical reputation on top of tough, jazz-inflected arrangements. The album, featuring production from Diamond D and Buckwild, was a solid solo debut that didn't quite scale the heights of his legacy with Brand Nubian. No Better Way, also released in 1996, improved on the debut and was produced by a cast that opened up to include Da Beatminerz and Pete Rock. Sadat teamed back up with Brand Nubian for 1998's Foundation, but he didn't appear again as a solo artist until The State of New York vs. Derek Murphy, an EP released on Relativity in 2000. With a full-time job as a special-education teacher, it took five years before his next album, 2005's Experience & Education, was released, but 2006 saw another full-length, Black October, land on the shelves. The sequel to his debut album, Wild Cowboys II appeared in 2010, then Love, Hell or Right followed in 2012. A three-year gap warranted the title of his next album, 2015's Never Left, then Agua landed in 2016 along with its accompanying single, "Freeze." Early 2017 saw the release of "The Devil Is Near," the first single from the Diamond D-produced full-length Sum of a Man. ~ Andy Kellman

  • ORIGIN
    New Rochelle, NY
  • BORN
    Dec 29, 1968

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