Think Non-Phixion is all about sex, drugs and violence? You don't even know the half. Sabac Red, the groups most overlooked member, is an emcee with a message. Following in the footsteps of great social and political emcees like Chuck D, Sabac is a rebel with a cause. "Sabacolypse" is his testament to bringing about a change, not only in the urban community, but globally as well.
On his debut solo album, Sabac is able to bridge the gap between the streets and politics perfectly. Each song on the album is broken down into one of the six categories, which include truth, awareness, vision, voice, militance and solution. It is obvious that Sabac intends to deliver a strong message with each track on the album, as he addresses everything from AIDS to political corruptness.
Sabac's first single off the album is "Organize", an uplifting song that asks everyone from the students to the thugs to organize and help bring about change. And as Sabac states, "organize means freedom". Similarly, "Protest Music" finds Sabac in full militant mode, telling everyone to stand up for their rights. Sabac switches things up by utilizing a sick double timed flow for the track, displaying not only his lyrical skills but also his precise breath control and delivery. On the reggae influenced "Fight Until The End", Sabac and Immortal Technique throw shots at the police for their corruptness. Sabac dedicates the track to Timothy Stansbury, who was murdered by the NYPD in February 2004.
The albums finest moment is Sabac's most optimistic effort, "A Change Gon' Come". The beautiful song epitomizes Sabac's message throughout the album. Sabac paints a picture of social and political turmoil, but through it all Sabac knows a change will come. This is depicted perfectly on the tracks melodic hook, which is sung by Antwon Lamar Robinson. "No matter how hard they try, we won't be victimized. They can't look me in the eyes, so I won't fall for the lies. Won't compromise the sales, for the sake of what they done. For the struggle and the pain, you know a change gon' come".
"I Have A Dream" is another amazing effort, as Sabac dreams of better days ahead. "I have a dream of reaching heaven, me and Malcolm are chatting, about impeaching presidents and how my album went platinum…I dream of a time when there is a cure for AIDS, and no longer will the people be afraid to get laid". As always, Necro comes through for an amazing effort behind the boards with a beautiful piano loop.
Besides political angst, Sabac offers some nice variety throughout "Sabacolpyse". "The Scientist", delves into the controversial existence of AIDS, as Sabac offers his own reasons why he thinks the virus is man made. Keeping on the conspiracy vibe, "Unsolved Mysteries" addresses every worldwide enigma from the killing of JFK and Malcolm X to the existence of big foot. Switching gears, Sabac also offers that hardcore Non Phixion sound on the album as well. "P.O.W.'s" is a vicious group collaboration consisting of Non Phixion, Necro and Mr. Hyde. Necro's murderous production is in full effect for the track, as the beat will do more than enough to send chills down your spine. "Urban Gorillas" is another standout group effort, as Vinny Paz of Jedi Mind Tricks and Q-Unique hook up with Sabac for a violent effort. Vinny Paz especially tears the track to shreds, with an uncharacteristic, political influenced verse. "Bush ran from a war and straight ducked that. Bush want to send me to war, I say fuck that! We will buck back with the cannon and knife, cause Vinny Paz ain't have a problem with Iran in his life. And I ain't got a problem stabbing up your man with a spike. But I got a problem murdering a man and his wife, for some land that I ain't never even stand on in my life. For a man who couldn't tell you what abandonment's like. I've been scammed all my life, from Regonomics to the crack war, and y'all are wondering why we running around with gats for"?
Sabac is a representation of a true emcee, as he uses his voice as a means to educate and uplift. He is a soldier for the people and for everyone who is oppressed in this world. If there is one thing listeners can take from "Sabacolypse" it is that even through all the turmoil and grief, Sabac is always preaching that a change is going to come. There is always light at the end of the tunnel, and even though it may continue to get darker, Sabac will always be fighting for change.