Sadat X

As a member of Brand Nubian, Sadat X (born Derek Murphy) was one of the key MCs who related messages inspired by the Five Percent Nation. Two years after Brand Nubian’s third album, Everything Is Everything, he made his solo debut with Wild Cowboys, which built on his lyrical reputation on top of tough, jazz-inflected arrangements. The album, featuring production from Diamond D and Buckwild, was a solid solo debut that didn’t quite scale the heights of his legacy with Brand Nubian. No Better Way, also released in 1996, improved on the debut and was produced by a cast that opened up to include da Beatminerz and Pete Rock. Sadat teamed back up with Brand Nubian for 1998’s Foundation, but he didn’t appear again as a solo artist until The State of New York vs. Derek Murphy, an EP released on Relativity in 2000. With a full-time job as a special-education teacher, it took five years before his next album, 2005’s Experience & Education, was released, but 2006 saw another full-length, Black October.

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Album information

Wild Cowboys
Released: July 15, 1996
Billboard 200 chart position: #83
R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #13
Singles: “Hang ‘Em High”/”Stages & Lights”, “The Lump Lump”

The State of New York vs. Derek Murphy
Released: September 19, 2000
Billboard 200 chart position: #180
R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #38
Singles: “Cock it Back”/”You Can’t Deny”, “Ka-Ching”

Experience & Education
Released: October 25, 2005
Billboard 200 chart position: #180
R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #20
Singles: “God is Back”, “What Did I Do?”/”The Great Diamond D”

Black October
Released: October 3, 2006
Billboard 200 chart position: –
R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #83
Singles: “Why?”

Generation X
Released: November 4, 2008
Billboard 200 chart position: #122
R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #12
Singles: “This is Your Life”, “Never”

Brand New Bein’
Released: May 5, 2009
Billboard 200 chart position: –
R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #92
Singles: “Nuthin”, “Blow Up Da Spot”

Wild Cowboys II
Released: March 23, 2010
Billboard 200 chart position: –
R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: –
Singles: “Turn It Up”

No Features
Released: July 4, 2011
Love, Hell or Right
Released: December 4, 2012
Singles: “This Is Our Thing”

Never Left
Released: January 20, 2015
Singles: “On Fire”

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