Guest Star: "Regardless How You Feel About It, This Man Got About 3 Or 4 Million Fans"
Monday, Jan 21, 2013 4:10PM
[With rap stars like Jay-Z and Eminem now in their 40's, hip-hop veteran Sadat X speaks to SOHH readers about stretching the rap game's retirement age and letting newcomers shine.]
A lot of us came up around that golden era, when hip-hop made the transformation with artists being able to go to TV now and being able to hit more of a big market.
A lot of us who came up back then are now in our 40's; A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Jungle Brothers, Public Enemy, KRS-One. We came up in that golden era and we're still here, being that we're in our 40's, we're still able to do it.
I feel if you can still do it in your 40's and your rhymes are still consistent, I feel you should do it. I don't feel anybody should be held up "just because." If it's "just because" then you're supposed to give it up and go out gracefully.
If you still think you've got that passion, then you've got to do that passion and be in it to win it. You've got to keep making good music and there's a lot of us still putting out good music.
In that aspect, the thinking is going to have to shift soon because you're still hearing us.
Hip-hop is still writing itself right now. It's not like classical music where you've got compositions from 300 and 400 years ago. Hip-hop is still defining itself every day so we're still making changes.
It's all right now because my daughter is 20 years-old and a lot of times artists and writers like to say, "They're not making any good music now," well, you can't tell that to my daughter and my 17 year-old nephew because the songs they're listening to and dancing to are good music to them.
Who am I to say it's not good music just because I might not understand it or I make something differently? I can't say it's not good music. I think a lot of older dudes are going too hard with that. Just because they may not be making the same sound and sh*t you listen to, that don't make it wrong.
When we were that age and were listening to the stuff we listened to, a lot of the older people couldn't rock to it. They'd say, "Oh, that sounds crazy." Let them young boys rock. This is their era. This is their time, let them shine.
Regardless how you feel about it, this man got about three or four million fans so your one-sided opinion, "Oh, I don't like this music. I don't think they're making hits," well, three or four million people do so which side is going to win?
Sadat X (born Derek Murphy; December 29, 1968) is an American rapper, most famed as a member of hip hop group Brand Nubian. Originally known as Derek X, Sadat takes his name from former Egyptian president Anwar Sadat. The X is taken from the Nation of Islam practice of members changing their surnames simply to X. He is well known for his unique, high-pitched voice, as well as his Pro-Black, and at times controversial, lyrical content.