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Sadat X The Untraceable Convicted by illegal weapon possession, Sadat X is facing a 6 to 7-month sentence to prison, starting October. While the album's title leaves no room for imagination and the time-span was minimal, Sadat X has still managed to put together one of his strongest solo efforts to date. From 1989 to 2006, the X Man is building like never before and not one prison cell that can stop him.

BLACK OCTOBER: THE FRAME

First off, congrats on the new album, it's really dope. Did it come out the way you had it in mind when you started it?

It came out a little better. I thought it would sound incomplete because I rushed. But I like that pace. This is the pace I always want to work at.

In 'On Tha Come Through' you rhyme: 'this album is made in a real tight time frame'. I suppose that's not only pointing at what we talked about in the previous question, but also about the 'realness' and struggle you've been through in the period waiting to go to jail. How have you experienced this period personally?

Well, it has been a little stressful. But if you look at history, all great men had to overcome obstacles.

With 'Black October' do you feel like you have managed to write off a lot of your fears and worries for what's to come?

I feel I have. I just wanted the public to be aware of the situation, but I didn't want to dwell on it too much. I just want them to remember me for making good music.

To go back in time a little, and set things straight: what exactly happened at the end of 2005 in Harlem with you being convicted?

I was caught with possession of a gun. It wasn't waved in the face of teens. It was more of a situation where some guys snitched on me, knowing I always had a gun.

But still the press reported on it in a quite paparazzi-way by writing about it like you're the biggest gangsta, waving automatic guns at young kids. Do you feel like some writers betrayed you by doing that?

It's funny because when I was at the scene, I don't remember any writers being there. So I don't know where they got their information from. If somebody were to ask me, I'd give them the truth. But low and behold, if you are a teen or anybody holding down a grown man's situation, you get whatever comes with that.

How has your conviction influenced the way people look at you, e.g. as a teacher, basketball coach,... Is there going to be a way for you to set your image straight?

I'm not worried about my image. It is what it is. These people that are worried about my image don't pay my bills. It is what it is. People who know me and know my music know what it is. At this point in the game, you know, I'm not worried about that.

'Black October' is the ultimate chance to explain to fans what exactly happened: how important was it for you to have this album done by now?

It is important. Being that I am going to be locked up, I wanted to leave the world some of my music. I'm not the first person to get locked up, and I won't be the last. Six to seven months, that's a skid bid. I know dudes with years in the multiples.

Of course 'Black October' was an obvious choice for the album title with you being scheduled to begin serving your sentence. But, when we were actually listening to it, we made this little remark: the album could've as well been entitled 'Experience and Education part 2', since this joint depicts your day to day experiences again, with a lot of anti-glamorizing aspects that don't fail to teach the kids. Could you agree with our remark?

I do agree because this album is a part of a trilogy. The third album, when I come out, is called 'The Healing Process'. So in a sense, this is a continuation.

In a lot of older interviews you always considered your solo albums to be side-projects, next to your main group Brand Nubian. Having released two solo albums in such a short time-span, is it arguable that you still feel this way?

Brand Nubian is always first and foremost. We will have another album out soon.

BLACK OCTOBER: THE ALBUM, THE TRACKS

On 'Experience and Education', and certainly also on 'Black October', you can feel and hear your absolute eager to represent NY and to put it back on the map. Why do you think you still feel the need to rep NY to the fullest after almost 20 years in the game' Is it because you think NY doesn't get the respect it deserves anymore?

Like I said, I've always repped NY. You got a lot of dudes that strayed away that come back now and rep NY. I do what I do.

Other Brand Nubian members are featured on this album, but not on 'Experience & Education', how come?

Basically because 'Experience and Education' was an album that was put together with songs that were already done.

Aight. I'mma hit you with some quotes from the album,...


'I still love rap, but I don't love this game'(on tha come through). When did you loose the love for the game' What's changed to make you fall out of love in the first place?

I still love the game. I just don't like some of the practices that go along with the game. I've never kissed ass and I never will.

'My mind tells me no, but my body tells me yes' (my mind), is this something you face / struggle with a lot?

I think people take songs too literal. Every song is not to be taken 100 percent literal. Back in the days, people made songs for fun. It wasn't always a cryptic, mythical meaning that journalists nowadays are looking for.

'I'm international but in my own way', (X is a machine). What's exactly thé Sadat way?

The Sadat way is untraceable. I'm outside the box. When I was a kid, I used my crayons outside the lines.

'Who knows' Maybe I'll be a changed dude'', are you afraid of becoming a different person through prison?

No, I'm not because I know who I am. I'm very happy with myself. I'm not a person that can be manipulated.

'Should've forgot about that bitch on Myspace', you go on Myspace often' For what purposes mostly?

I go on MySpace to politic. But I can see how you can get jammed on MySpace. It's not hard.

'Madrid, I really like Madrid', what do you like/don't like about going to the Old Continent?

I like Europe. I like the fans. I like the culture, the foods. I don't like some of the long drives.

You're also namedropping 'Brasil' quite a bit on the new album, what's your experience with that country?

The weather was lovely. The people were lovely. We were treated well.


BLACK OCTOBER: THE BEATS, THE LABEL

You managed to compose a tremendous producer's line-up again. On what basis do you pick your beats and producers?

Certain producers know my style, i.e., Diamond D, Scotty Blanco, DJ Spinna; and some come to me with CD's, i.e., J-Zone, Marco Polo, not leaving exception to anyone.

On the production tip, this album differs a lot from your last album, this is more funk and soul, is the next album gonna have a different production line-up again?

It'll be some old favorites and some new twists.

What has the role of Peter Agoston (and his Female Fun / Riverside Drive imprint) been in the re-up of your solo career?

He's been a personal friend and he's helped me tremendously. We go down together.

You once stated 'I don't really consider myself underground but then again I'm not commercial either. I'm right in the middle category', don't you feel like having returned to the underground by releasing stuff on FemaleFun?

In a way. But I feel there are artists such as Vast Aire, one of my personal favorites, and others who have more visibility in the underground world.

CLOSING QUESTIONS

How do you remember the recording sessions of KMD's classic cut 'Nitty Gritty'?

It was a fun time. Everyone was new and green to the game. It's hard to believe MF Doom spawned from that.

How did you end up on Biggie's 'Born Again' album?

The song I did with Biggie is one of the few that was done when he was still alive. They changed the beat. The original beat was done by Lord Finesse.

How different is recording for an album like Missy Elliot's and Beanie Sigel's (who both have million dollar deals) compared to a recording for a Vast Aire or Outerspace album?

The budget is different. There's more money involved with other artists. I can take a shit with gold toilet paper.

Since you're heavily affiliated with them, have you never felt like joining DITC?

I'm an affiliate member, but the cowboy rides alone.

What Western movie do you like best?

'The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly'. Clint Eastwood, a champion's champ, a man's man.

How much does your Five Percenters background play a role in your everyday life of today?

My teachings through the Nation of Gods and Earths shape my daily life.

Will the knowledge that people will be pumpin this album while you're in jail, ease the struggle in a certain way?

It will. It keeps me visible in the world.

Shouts?

Shout out to the whole world. Special shout out to my man Stud Doogie whose mom recently passed. Ms. Cherry was a fixture in 'Now Rule'.

 

POSTED 06|05|2006
conducted by cpf

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