Sadat X - The State Of NY vs Derek Murphy  
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written by Philip Oliver    
No Introduction needed for Derek / Sadat X, the words Brand Nubian say it all so please switch off if your still flummoxed. It has been a while though since any real solo material has surfaced from the X man, we last saw him release ‘Wild cowboys’ in 1996 and while the effort was there the album just didn’t work in my opinion. Maybe its just Sadat works best in a trio or paired up with another emcee as carrying a whole album by himself was a struggle. Now on Dante Ross’s Stimulated label through Loud Sadat hits us with a quick 6 track fix but you gotta wonder do we really need it?

‘X Man’ is currently making some noise, especially with its guest, Diamond, this sounds weak at first but after a few listens grows on you with that horn blasting. Ironically this cut is the flipside to ‘Ka-Ching’ which was the first 12" from the ‘State of new york…..’ a weak track that features Hy Times, an emcee who appears all over this EP, sadly he does little to really make his mark here.

Halfway through the EP starts to pick up and ‘Cock it back’ is one of the most hardcore tracks Sadat comes with and with a more chopped up beat last used on Show & AG’s ‘Full Scale’ supplied by A kid called Roots. The same can be said for ‘If… it ain’t about paper’ with a chanted chorus that flows over the ringing production as Sadat changes things up with a cypher cut. He even touches on the subject of love for ‘You can’t deny’ an album closer that jacks a sample of Faith Evans ‘You used to love me’ on the hook, while still remaining tight as an overall track but after Monchs ‘The Light’ Diamond D knows how to do that.

As an EP this is much better than it would have been as an album, meaning that if this was stretched out in the same quality as displayed here then it would have ruined the whole thing so keeping it short was a wise move. It takes some listening but this is a pretty good EP from Sadat X and with a lil work, more powerful production and guests could have me waiting anxiously on his second full length.

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