Sadat X ft. Rhymefest & Jabar – Imagine

Sadat X releases “Imagine” on the heels of his new album.

One fourth of the seminal hip-hop group Brand Nubian (which also included Grand Puba, Lord Jamar and DJ Alamo), Sadat X returns with his new solo-album, Agua, which will be released tomorrow (7-15-2016) on Tommy Boy Records.

The day before its worldwide release, Sadat sat down with Mass Appeal to discuss Aqua, his career, the importance of water, his solo-debut (Wild Cowboys which is celebrating its 20th anniversary) and his top 5 Brand Nubian tracks and  premiered his collaboration, “Imagine,” with Rhymefest, as both wax philosophical with eyes wide shut over a Kanye West vocal sample—and also shares the full album stream for Agua as well.

Agua is comprised of 18-new tracks and the bald-head God with the golden voice has teamed up with an all-star production team; Pete Rock, Diamond D, DJ Scratch, Da Beatminerz, Easy Mo Bee, Will Tell and more and guest appearances from Lord Jamar, Rhymefest, Dres, A.F.R.O., R.A. The Rugged Man, Ed O.G., Rahzel, Thristin Howl III and more.

Sadat X ft. Rhymefest & Jabar - Imagine

While Sadat’s two-decade long career has included plenty of indelible classics (Brand Nubian’s debut, All For One,  his own solo-debut, Wild Cowboys-, and a host of Billboard charting singles, “Love Me Or Leave Me Alone,” “Punks Jump Up To Get Beat Down,” “Slow Down,” “Word Is Bond,” “Hold On,” “Don’t Let It Go To Your Head,”) that are forever woven into the fabric of hip-hop; Agua promises to be one of the highlights of Sadat’s solo-career.

Like Moses, Sadat floods your ears with the mathematical title track, breaking down its essence not only as the vital nourishment needed for all species to survive, but how greedy corporations have taken a pure compound and polluted it strictly for commercial gain—while one billion people across the globe still lack access to safe “Agua.” Sadat reunites with Lord Jamar for a 5% lesson on “Cut And Dry” and with Dres of Black Sheep on the hook, Sadat examines the vast differences between generations on “Maybe It’s Me” (“There is only one Future, there is only one Drake, how many copycats can a nigg* take” and further “I never seen so many nigg*s begging for pussy, what part of the game is that, paying for IG followers, a nation of swallowers”) over  a bouncy DJ Scratch production and adds some revisionist history to Pete Rock’s soulful canvas on the projects lead-single “Freeze.”

Sadat X’s Agua will be released on 7-15-2016 courtesy of Tommy Boy Records.

Yoel Molina Law

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