Singled Out: "You're Getting A Look At The Days & Nights Of My Life"
Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013 2:25PM
[SOHH highlights a hot record each Tuesday and offers a unique look at the track in Singled Out. After Lecrae explained his "Lord Have Mercy" track, rap veteran Sadat X breaks down his new "This Is Our Thing" smash.]
This is the first single, called "This Is Our Thing," with Pharoahe Monch and throughout the years we've crossed paths many times. We have a mutual admiration toward each other and we talked about hooking up in the past but due to conflicting schedules, we've never really gotten a chance to connect.
Well this time around, we finally got a chance to connect. I sent him the beats from [producer] Grant Parks because I wanted him to hear the beats and be comfortable on them. Sometimes people want you to do a feature and they already come with the beat made or something like that and you have to adjust yourself to it.
I wanted to give him an opportunity to hear something he liked because I figured if you pick something you like, there's a better chance of you doing it faster and there's a better chance of you going in on it a bit more [lyrically].
I made it so it wasn't just a feature someone was doing for a monetary reason or something like that.
The music video is going to be kind of like a documentary. Being that I was in Chicago and it's going to play out like Sadat X in Chicago for a couple of days, so it's just going to show me around the Chicago area, hanging with people. It's going to show me at a barbershop, in the crib and it's also going to show you me going to see Monch at his hotel and we just filmed it right there.
It's going to show him also. Then I went to his show and saw Jean Grae and it's just going to be things like that. You're getting a look at the days and the nights of my life. Sadat X.
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.
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