Sadat X Explains Why "There's No Girl Rapper Better Than Him," Hopes To Work With Harry Fraud

Exclusive: The Brand Nubian emcee describes the difference between his solo efforts "Wild Cowboys" and "Wild Cowboys II."

It’s absolutely refreshing to see how seriously Sadat X approaches emceeing. From his on stage demeanor, to his emphatic conversation, to his still relentless rhymes - the Brand Nubian legend never sounds jaded or disenfranchised by Hip Hop’s evolution over his 22 year career. As he does in this interview, X is quick to separate himself from bitter emcees of era’s past, deriding the new generation’s lack of whatever. The Wild Cowboy would much rather let his raps gather respect.

HipHopDX spoke with Sadat X on camera following his New Golden Era performance (presented by Music Class 101 and Bodega Cold Kutz) last night. Headlining a lineup that included Skyzoo, Torae, SonRay, and Fokis, The New Rochelle-native shares his thoughts on New York Hip Hop, producers he’d choose for a reunited Brand Nubian release, and explains why “there’s no girl rapper that’s better” than him.              

HipHopDX: I’m loving this joint “We In New York.” It feels like a new New York anthem in an era where there seems to be a new New York. What was your point behind making “We In New York?”

Sadat X: Just to highlight some different things. Everybody’s doing New York records, man. I wanted to do one, but I wanted to do it a little differently. I think I kind of captured that in the song. I just wanted to talk about different places, like when I talk about Katz Deli and Coney Island, and Crazy Legs and Mr. Freeze, and when John Starks through it on [Michael Jordan]. Just different things I added in there. Astoria. Avenue D. Just different stuff like that.

DX: Does it feel like a new New York in your opinion?

Sadat X: Yeah, man. There’s a lot of young brothers coming up. That’s good because it’s a new energy. And these dudes are rhyming like New York. They’re not rhyming like down South. There’s nothing wrong with that, but they’re keeping it New York.

DX: If I’m not mistaken, your name comes from Anwar Sadat the former leader of Egypt.

Sadat X: Well, it’s taken from that, but it’s also taken from the Nation of Gods and Earths - The 5 Percent Nation. I kind of took it from there. But Anwar Sadat, too, because he was an honorable man and he was trying to bring about peace. He was trying to make peace and he was struck down for that.

DX: Egypt’s gone through a lot of changes. Did you pay attention to this Egypt revolution [at all]?

Sadat X: Yeah. [Hosni] Mubarak - they’ve got him in jail right now. I know people from Egypt and they said it’s been kind of rough over there. I don’t know too much of the actual politics of it, but I hope those people over there can find peace because there’s good people there.

DX: [Your solo debut] Wild Cowboys started it off. Wild Cowboy II came out in 2010. In your words, what’s the difference between where you were when you created Wild Cowboys versus where you were when you created Wild Cowboys II?

Sadat X: When I created [the first] Wild Cowboys, I was still kind of young. I was coming off that era. Money Boss [Players] was with me. Minnesota. Shawn Black. When I got older, a couple of dudes that was on that first album got incarcerated, going through their little problems. I lost a lot of those guys coming around on the second version. The first version, I had a couple more producers that I didn’t have on this second version, but I’m happy with the second version. I did get to do something with my main man A.G. on there, so that made up for it.

DX: Is there anything you’d like to let people know? Where they can find your music? I see you rocking a “Wild Cowboys T-Shirt."

Sadat X: Oh yeah, these are my T-Shirts. I’m gonna have them out soon for sale - these, the Brand Nubian joints, the Low Life joints. We’re gonna have all that together. We’re gonna have the Brand Nubian joints with the Low Life cookie on them. It’s gonna be like that.

What I want to bring out, too - like what I said on stage - when I see these shows and they have like 50 people ahead of me, or 100, or 200 people. But when I look at some of the 100 or 200 people they got, these are people that are rocking on stage with four or five dudes with microphones. I’m doing this by myself. Understand that: By myself. That means I’ve got to be physically and mentally ready. Thats why I go to the gym in the morning and be ready to be on the stage. So when they put somebody ahead of me like that...First of all, no offense, but there’s no girl rapper that’s better than me. I don’t care who it is. We can battle for money. We can battle on their block. I don’t think that there’s no girl, pound-for-pound rhyming. Maybe the entertainment factor of it and shaking their ass part. But when we go and spit back to back, I don’t think a girl should be placed ahead of me.

DX: What about somebody like Lauryn Hill?

Sadat X: Lauryn Hill is good for what she do. But I don’t think she should be placed above me. If anything, she’s about the closest one. Everybody else: negative.

DX: What about Rah Digga, though?

Sadat X: Rah Digga’s rough and I love Rah Digga. She knows I love her. I can rock with Rah Digga. I take it back. I don’t say that they should be placed above me. It’s just that there are a couple of females that are placed above me and that’s negative. There’s a couple of dudes that’s placed above me that’s negative. If you’re on stage and it’s not just you with a mic, and you’ve got your man over there with a mic and this dude over here with a mic and your deejay’s rhyming with you, that don’t count. This is light, what I did today. When I go to Europe and Japan, I’m doing two hours by myself - 30 plus songs! Fuck with that.

DX: Word up. Will we ever see it: Grand Puba, Lord Jamar, Sadat X. Brand Nubian...

Sadat X: We’re trying to get that Nubian thing in the works. That’s on my bucket list. Once I can complete a Nubian album, I want to do it with some of the producers of today. I would like to get some of these young producers that’s coming up - the 5th Seals and the Harry Frauds and those type of dudes, and make some joints. That’ll keep you sharp and you should only be in the game if you can stay sharp. A lot of the older rappers, they get mad and be like ‘Yo, the young boys don’t show us respect.” You’ve got to make some shit to be shown respect. I’m not gonna show you respect just ‘cause you old and you rhyming. If you wanna blame somebody, blame your mother and father for having you 20 years too soon.    

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48 Comments

  • Brand Nubian, From Best To Worst

    1 - Grand Puba 2 - Sadat X 3 - Lord Gaymar 4 - DJ Alamo's useless ass

  • yan

    ... I was really surprised, the young cats that came on stage before Sadat, Skyzoo an Torae, all they were interested in was spitting their wack rhymes and promoting their cds and they didnt even stick around to hear the legend. SMH

  • yan

    That was a dope show, Skyzoo, Torae were wicked, but Sadat X KILLED it!!! That voice! He is mad sharp and I have so much respect for him as a rapper and business man. He makes room for the New School and he never sits on his laurels... Peace to the Gods

  • Anonymous

    Snow tha product can out flow this niggga

  • WNDRKND

    That nxgga kept it 100% about the old heads and respect: "A lot of the older rappers, they get mad and be like Yo, the young boys dont show us respect. Youve got to make some shit to be shown respect. Im not gonna show you respect just cause you old and you rhyming. If you wanna blame somebody, blame your mother and father for having you 20 years too soon." **POW!**

  • Anonymous

    FUUQQ YEEZ MY NIKKAS FINALLY IT HAPPENED - JUST GOT A NEW RIDE - A CAM A RO CONVERTIBLE.GOT APPROVED FOR 26 LARGE. BEEN 5 YRS SINCE IVE GOTTEN SHYT APPROVED, BUT NOW ALL MY CRE-DIT SHEET GONE. ALL OF IT. IF YOU STRUGGLING WITH THAT CREDITT HISTORY ISHH, GET RID OF ALL DAT TODAY - CALL THESE PEEPS AT 8^8^8-9-2-7 -3-3-5-6. . THEY DO AMAZING WORK AND THEY ARE CHEAP AS FUQQ. GOT RID OF ALL MY SHYYT IN NO TIME. MY HOMEBOY WAS IN THE GUTTA TOO, AND HE CLEANER THAN ME NOW-gettin a condo!! Hit em up - THEY WILL HELP U!!

  • Anonymous

    not touching jean greasyy

  • Anonymous

    Just take a look at the page, nobody is talking about anything else he said here but that remark ^ just like you...seems like you all skimmed by the part where he said he takes it back...here let me show you: "DX: What about Rah Digga, though? Sadat X: Rah Diggas rough and I love Rah Digga. She knows I love her. I can rock with Rah Digga. I take it back." You guys act like you never said something and later corrected yourself.

    • Jay

      Its hhdx's fault for trying to spin the article and gear It towards the trolls that suck minaj dick. Like any of these stupid fucks know who a Sadat X is. Their hip hop knowledge doesn't extend back that far!

  • wolfman

    Whenever I hear Sadat X, I think of Sampson from Half Baked.

  • Whiteboy

    All I know is that Eminem is the best rapper of all time.

  • youngsta

    sadat is a broke old ass nigga that's trying to start shit to gain relevancy again (like he ever had it). no girl rapper is better than him? uh, how about nicki minaj? she can outrap this lame ass nigga for days. azaelia banks too. and these are young female rappers. he can fight with all the older hags like lauryn if he wants though.

    • Anonymous

      Ur name says it allll. Younsta sorry but sadat x is def not broke..mabe he doesnt have enough money to buy 6 ferraris and stupid shit but boo fucking whoo has more loot then me or u will ever have. And second u really saying nicki can outrhyme dude? Azaelia banks? Get the fuck out of here. Maybe if u said like bahamadia or Roxanne from the juice crew theyd be my best guess..nicki minaj? Sorry kim buried her ass on the mic nicki is 50 percent her fifty wanna be roxanne. Roxannaes revenge romans revenge hmmmmmmmm.

  • BIGED

    BOSS IS THE BEST FEMALE RAPPER OF ALL TIME...U NEW NIGGAZ DONT KNOW NUTHIN BOUT THAT... MOMMY WOULDNT EVEN LET U OFF THE PORCH BACK THEN

    • Anonymous

      Boss had a good mic presence...but when it was found out that she was a nurse and not a female Eazy E she got ran out the game...funny how time has changed... Boss-Deeper>>>

  • Anonymous

    "Lauryn Hill re relevancy today" When you've already been relevant, you don't have to reclaim it. Sadat X was never relevant. He was known, but only to a select few.

  • Anonymous

    "a few good songs" Punks Jump Up To Get Beat Down, and Love Me Or Leave Me Alone were like their only minor hits.

  • Ace

    I don't think he means to offend females in general, I think he's talking specifically about Nicki Minaj and SB/Safree/What ever that nigga calls himself. Oh and Sadat X>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Lauren Hill. If lauren wasn't busy acting diva/psyco and singing all the time, I would say otherwise.

  • Powerphi

    No disrespect to the south, who I love dearly, but New York rappers need to get back to New York rap, including New York cadences and accents. I'm tired of New York rappers trying to sound like southerners. Let the south do what the south does, and get back to the foundation. After all, we created this music.

  • Anonymous

    FUUQQ YEEZ MY NIKKAS FINALLY IT HAPPENED - JUST GOT A NEW RIDE - A CAM A RO CONVERTIBLE.GOT APPROVED FOR 26 LARGE. BEEN 5 YRS SINCE IVE GOTTEN SHYT APPROVED, BUT NOW ALL MY CRE-DIT SHEET GONE. ALL OF IT. IF YOU STRUGGLING WITH THAT CREDITT HISTORY ISHH, GET RID OF ALL DAT TODAY - CALL THESE PEEPS AT 8^8^8-9-2-7 -3-3-5-6. . THEY DO AMAZING WORK AND THEY ARE CHEAP AS FUQQ. GOT RID OF ALL MY SHYYT IN NO TIME. MY HOMEBOY WAS IN THE GUTTA TOO, AND HE CLEANER THAN ME NOW-gettin a condo!! Hit em up - THEY WILL HELP U!!

  • Anonymous

    You can always tell what kind of people your dealing with when they say shit like this for absolutely no reason. Was there any reason he had to single out female MC's and say that?? No, he just did that cause he's ignorant and felt like stirring the pot by saying some uncalled for shit. Just take a look at the page, nobody is talking about anything else he said here but that remark. Whatever tho, him being an ignorant piece of shit isnt gonna stop me from playing "One for All", I came to the conclusion a long time ago that 90% of the people I see on TV or hear on the radio are people I would want nothing to do with in real life.

  • Immortal On My Grind

    Nigga PLEASE recognize something: EVERYBODY ELSE IS WAY BETTER THAN YOU, even that bitch Lil Wayne!

  • Hypestyle

    ...I'm not even going to attempt to try and analyze just what the god was trying to get at here.. shout out to Sadat X, shout out to female rappers.. much respect God bless..

  • Anonymous

    theres nothing wrong with a lil sexism you feminists need to STFU

  • uzzz allzzzz wackedzzzz

    sadat x will flex any of uzzzzz lil boyz tryin 2 make noisezzzzz on the comment board!!!!!!!!!blah blah blahzzzzz blahzzzzz!!!!!!!!!SuCKEr duckzzzzzz!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      If the drummer could prove it. He'd have every right to say it.

    • Anonymous

      And you'll probably be the first one offended if some rock star says "Aint no black can play the drums like me" Sit the fuck down lil buddy, sadat said some ignorant shit and people have the right to speak on it

  • Anonymous

    "But I dont think she should be placed above me" Sadat is a fucking crack head. Hill has sold millions. People loved her old music, and still listen to it this day. This bum had a few good songs way back when, but he's not even close to being relevant.

  • Dave

    Jean Grae is nicer than you X, Lauren when she was spitting was nicer than you bahamadia is nicer Lady of Rage as well. CUT it out we talking Rhymes Right? then you Wasn't Nicer Than Puba.

  • Anonymous

    Yo, the young boys dont show us respect. Youve got to make some shit to be shown respect. Im not gonna show you respect just cause you old and you rhyming. If you wanna blame somebody, blame your mother and father for having you 20 years too soon. I feel this way...Props to X

  • x

    sadat > lauryn? I dont think so. Lauryn had the wordplay but she also rhymed from the heart, Derek X is just another braggadocio rapper with some garbled 5 percenter stuff thrown in. Well, at least he took it back, sort of.

    • x

      I do actually. Sadat spit some gems here and there, but he's no Chuck D. Most of the "underground" and "conscious" rappers are just the same braggarts with a bigger vocab and minus the guntalk. Chuck never bragged about macking women or slaying sucka mcs...thats why hes the GOAT and this guy isnt...

    • Anonymous

      I guess you don't own any Brand Nubian albums

  • kingnathanal

    I am trying to figure out why is he comparing his self to female rappers

  • Daze one

    Ever heard of Eve or Bahamadia...u nice but tripping...classic lines on punks step up..but was only the second strongest in ya group...Eve made DMX get in his bag

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