Sabac Red - conducted by Hugo Lunny  

Sabac Red Interview

October 2008

Sabac Red is best known for his involvement in the Psycho Logical Records group, Non Phixion. The Puerto Rican born emcee recently released "The Ritual," an album which showcases the changes in perspective that Sabac has adopted since his relocation from New York to California.

MVRemix: How often do you visit Puerto Rico?

Sabac Red: Not as often as Id like. The last time I was there was 2005. I have a lot of family out there; my father still lives there and I have fifteen half brothers and sisters, and they have kids. When I go its like primos (cousins) everywhere. I plan on taking my wife next year.

MVRemix: Would you ever consider moving back there?

Sabac Red: I would not move to Puerto Rico but would definitely consider getting a place for vacation. Then again why spend money on a place of my own in Puerto Rico when I have so much family there. When I want to visit I have places to stay for days.

MVRemix: With the reputation and image that Psycho Logical Records has, how has the subject of "The Commitment" (from "The Ritual" album) with regards to eating better, "respecting women" and the like been received?

Sabac Red: Its been great. People know I am different than what comes out of the PLR camp; even most of the PLR fans really like and respect my music. Everyone knows there is negative and positive shit in the world and those who choose to ignore either one is a fool.

MVRemix: Has your view on your label mates music changed with your changed perspective?

Sabac Red: No, I judge no one. I dont agree with everything said and done but thats life - we deal with it. I live in Cali and dont get to speak with everyone that much. Necro and I talk all the time about business shit then well chop it up on some other shit but I really dont get to kick it much with everyone. I talk to Q Unique a lot as well. Everyone from the label came through for the filming of my video, "Viva Boricua," and we got to chill for a while and they're good people. They do them and I do me, its all good.

MVRemix: What made you move to a more mature perspective such as the song depicts?

Sabac Red: Ive evolved as a person. I had a choice to either no be true to who I am and give you fake shit like 90% of rappers in the game or fully commit to myself and give you the truth. I am in touch when it comes to music, I know there are a lot of people who sleep on me and Im cool with that but I know what I put out is my truth and on this album I went all in.

It was a huge risk because a lot of people dont want to hear on record what they see in life. A lot of people what fantasy and an escape from real life, I get it, but I choose to remind people, in a creative way, whats going on and how we as people can be better.

MVRemix: Can you tell me about the video for "The Commitment."

Sabac Red: The homie James Wade was coming to the Bay area and hollered so I was like, "I got this song I want to do a video for," and he was down. We did it real quick, shot it in a few hours and he stayed up all night editing at my house. Hes a beast. So we shot, edited and got everything done in a day. He didnt have much time because he had other things to do in the Bay but it came out dope for what we had to work with. Im proud of that video.

MVRemix: How did you hook up with James Wade?

Sabac Red: I know James for about eight years. I met him at a show Non Phixion did in LA. He was grinding out there and we just stayed in touch on some music shit and he was doing a lot of community work with the youth. We just had a lot in common and stayed in touch. As you may know he went on to do some really great work in the biz doing some real dope videos and documentaries. Google the name.

MVRemix: How has moving to the Bay area changed your lifestyle?

Sabac Red: Well I am now married, got a house; Im working for the Alameda Unified School district just doing some real grown folk shit. I am truly happy out here. If you listen to track 13 on The Ritual, Breaking Through, it says it all.

MVRemix: Tell me about "The Ritual."

Sabac Red: I had planned on putting out this album two years ago. Not the album you hear now but the title was thought out and I had some songs done that eventually went on "The Collabo Collection Vol 2."

The time wasnt right and when it was, I went in and did it. I am not that artist that records songs for an album then waits two years to put it out. I get sick of shit real easy... I would rather put songs on a mix CD even if they were meant for an album and just do it new. When I actually got distribution and there was a date, I knocked shit out. Thats how I like to work. The whole album was done in a few months. I love it when its fresh and new, I also feel like the time was right. I felt like I was in a good place to create a piece of work that would resonate well with people and the time where living in.

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