X: Straight Outta Now Rule
By: Todd Davis
The Wild Cowboy is back, after a nearly two year hiatus, and this time the veteran emcee, born Derek Murphy, ain't playing! Debuting as a member of the legendary Hip-Hop trio, Brand Nubian, way back in 1989, Sadat X has been a musical force to be reckoned with ever since he, along with partners; Lord Jamar & Grand Puba, have had rap aficionados "waking up" and then "slowing down" with their unique, pardon the pun, brand of classic rap music, a sound that was heavily inspired by the teachings of the Nation of Islam.
Derek X has finally returned with his fifth solo opus, Generation X, and, truthfully speaking, ain't a damn thing changed
Why did you decide to title the album Generation X?
Generation X represents the "grown up generation" in Hip-Hop -- My generation that grew up.
Who did you work
with on the new project?
I spent more time
on this project than the others, really making it right.
I had a prior relationship with Oscar (Sanchez, President and CEO of Affluent) when he worked at Loud Records, so when he offered the one album deal, I was comfortable with it.
Lately you've been in the headlines more for your legal troubles than for your music -- Is this stuff pretty much all behind you now?
behind me -- Full steam ahead and totally focused on the music.
Music was always played in my house, and I would go to the local rap parties in the Bronx. That is what really got me interested in rap.
Whose music did
you grow up listening to?
When did you start taking your craft more seriously?
; When Brand Nubian
did our first album All for One.
Grand Puba was already out, and there aren't too many people in town you didn't know. He linked Lord Jamar and I and from there we got a deal within six months!
What caused the group to break up initially?
We have always
been solo artists. Brand Nubian has never parted ways. We are still together.
Everything is from
the truth and other teachers. We follow the Five-Percent Nation.
Sadat is from Anwar Sadat. (He) was a leader in Egypt. X is unknown. That's taken from the 5% doctrine.
What has been the
inspiration behind your lyrics?
What has been the
secret to your longevity?
What are some of
your other future goals & plans?
How has Hip-Hop evolved during your tenure in the business?
Times change, music
changes -- I don't hate on it. Wish it was little more rounded out, but
Hip Hop/Rap has definitely gained from technology -- Worldwide.
I am a family man. I have a 17 yr old daughter, I play basketball, go to the gym, and (am) an avid reader.
How do you spend your off/free time?
Traveling -- Been
to Africa, Brazil, etcetera. If it wasn't for Hip-Hop, I probably would
never (have) been to those places.
To be still involved (with music) in some capacity -- Maybe producing or owning my own label.
Are you going back out on the road soon?
I am always doing shows and on the road!
What's to be expected from a Sadat X show?
I perform by myself, and they say I sound just like the record!
And finally, what's up with Brand Nubian? How's Lord Jamar & Grand Puba doing?
We are planning
another album together, getting the music together now. They are doing
real good and continuing their solo careers.