With a deep rooted legacy in the golden era of hip hop, Sadat X is one of the few rappers who can claim to still be working with some of the best in the game. Having made his name as one quarter of Brand Nubian alongside Grand Puba, Lord Jamar and DJ Alamo, Sadat X has recently dropped a dope new album 'Agua' which is out now on Tommy Boy Records. In this interview with Nick Russell and Ethan Saunders he discusses a range of issues, from how he got his name, how he ended up working with B.I.G and who he rates in today's hip hop game.
Q1: The name of the new album is 'Agua', literally ‘water’ in Spanish. What’s behind the concept, and why is it so important to you?
Sadat X: Yeah the album is called ‘AGUA’ literally water in Spanish, because if you notice, most of the world, most of this earth, is covered by water. Water is still the greatest trade route. You know water when healthy can nourish you, when bad, can give you dysentery. You understand? So this album is just like water for your brain, you know - to make you think.
Q2: You have a dream team of producers on the new record, for those long time fans who've been down since 'Wild Cowboys', can we expect a re-collaboration between you and legendary producer; Minnesota anytime soon?
Sadat X: Well yes Minnesota is my man - understand that; Bronx location, Money Boss Players, so Minnesota is always in effect in my mind and I’m definitely going get back with him in the near future.