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Sadat X Experience & Education Female Fun • 2005

Everytime an 'old' legend is about to drop a new album people might be excited and scared at the same time. It's obvious that we draw comparisons between the early work of the artist (which gave them their status) and their new work. Often the excitement becomes disappointment when the record spins on your decks eventually. We don't feel it like we used to. Eventhough we know we're in the 2000’s now we feel like the legend fell off: there's only a little shadow left, or worse: a commercial gimmick.

Sadat X knows the story and prevented himself from it. While other artists shit shitty records like they are laxatived, there's nothing in Dat X's relatively 'small (solo) catalogue' -from 89 til now - that kicked him off his pedestal. So, expectations are high. Can this one still hold his crown? Best thing to do is just listen to his new effort and… after only a few seconds find yourself smiling and necktwisting on a hypnotic beat: he’s back! And how!

We’re literally sucked into the record by the DJ Spinna beat in 'God is Back'. The typical Brand Nubianesque flow and theme of this song take us back and forth at the same time; the perfect opening track for the album! Sadat X doesn't seem to compromise his topics and themes to appeal to the masses: some songs are existential and questioning; 'What did I do?' is melancholic and torn; while others are straight 'holding it down for NY'-joints ('Back To New York', 'Shine', 'Come On Down'). 'The Great Diamond D' is surprisingly produced by Dat's 'the Omen' compadre Diamond D and features a Ruck and Rock reunion. The beat is down tempo and fits the altering rhyme scheme. Another top production is 'Ge-ology Beat' with Gina Davis on the hook. The beat was also used on Ge-ology’s latest instrumental album, but with the lyrics (about relations) and the hook there’s another soulful dimension added.

DX doesn't only pick big names for the production as there're also beats by Kelph Dolaz (a.o. the sharp 'The Daily News'), Vin The Chin ('Back to NY' with the same The Professionals sample as in Phil the Agony's 'Clear the Lane'), as well as the British dudes the P Brothers (who did 4!) amongst others. Most of the production is solid, but not every song grabs you by the throat: 'Stack Up' has good rhymes but the hook and beat are kinda fluffy, and while we do dig the concept of 'shout out'-songs, the track 'Shout' sounds like a bit of a filler. Very good is 'Why don't you?' featuring Edo G. The collabo comes of very natural. Other guests are the long lost and praised Money Boss Players on two tracks. Only based on the fact that their EP is so sought-after, you should just check these tracks out. Both songs are dope and straight serious anthems. Then again 'Creep' is plain entertaining ('Creeps, they call me late at night when I sleeps'), sexy fun ('It’s over, move over') and handles the same theme as 'Ge-ology beat': examinating relationships. Sadat really took time to create different moods and adds to the music, a variety of listening dimensions for you to discover.

'Experience and Education' is a well picked title as Sadat takes us on a journey through life and hip-hop by telling and even teachin' us about both. While being retrospect at moments, he never looses touch with present and future, and, at the same time, he takes time to emphasize on evolutions and contradictions and to place New York on the map. The glue of all this being the sharp point of view of this dedicated artist who went through a lot (in this game). 'Experience & Education' is a mature record which illustrates the life of an always evolving emcee. Some things change, some things stay the same. Sadat still is dope. For the fans!

POSTED ON 09|17|2005 by wulf

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