Sadat X

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Sadat X
Sadat X in 2016.jpg
Sadat X performing at the Rahzel and Friends - Brooklyn Bowl in 2016.
Background information
Birth nameDerek Murphy
Also known asDerek X (1990-1991)
Born (1968-12-29) December 29, 1968 (age 50)
OriginBronx, New York
GenresHip hop
Years active1989–present
LabelsElektra Records
Loud Records
Arista Records
Relativity Records
Babygrande Records
Female Fun Music
Fat Beats Records
6.8.2 Records Inc.
Stimulated Records[1]
Tommy Boy Entertainment
Associated actsIn Groups: Brand Nubian Other Associated: Grand Puba, Diamond D, Lord Finesse, DITC, Showbiz & A.G., Buckwild, The Beatnuts, Kool Keith, House Of Pain, Ill Bill, R.A. The Rugged Man, Lord Jamar, The Notorious B.I.G.

Sadat X (born Derek Murphy; December 29, 1968[2]) is an American rapper, best known as a member of Alternative hip hop group Brand Nubian. Originally known as Derek X, Sadat takes his name from former Egyptian president Anwar Sadat.[3]

In 1996, Sadat recorded on the Red Hot Organization's compilation CD, America is Dying Slowly, alongside Biz Markie, Wu-Tang Clan, Fat Joe and others. The CD, meant to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic among African American men, was called "a masterpiece" by The Source magazine.


On December 22, 2005, Sadat was arrested in Harlem and charged with criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest.[4] On October 3, 2006, Female Fun Music released Sadat's third full-length album Black October.

Sadat is involved in teaching children. He has worked as an elementary school teacher in New Rochelle, qualified as a firefighter, and coaches children's basketball for the New York City Basketball League.

On March 23, 2010, Sadat X released Wild Cowboys II, the sequel to his 1996 solo debut Wild Cowboys, on Fat Beats Records. The album featured guest appearances from Ill Bill, Kurupt, A.G., Brand Nubian, Rhymefest and others, with production from Pete Rock, Diamond D, Buckwild, Sir Jinx, Will Tell and Dub Sonata. On February 23, 2010, he released an EP, containing five songs from the album and complementary instrumentals. The first single from the album was "Turn It Up" which features, and is produced by, Pete Rock.

In 2015 Sadat appeared in Mya Baker's documentary film Afraid of Dark which examined the experiences of Black men in America.[5][6]

In 2009 Sadat X and music producer, Will Tell developed a wine-tasting web series entitled True Wine Connoisseurs. The wine show with a hip-hop twist is now in its 5th season.


With "Brand Nubian"[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

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
  • 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"
  • Released: July 15, 2016
  • Singles: "Freeze"
The Sum of a Man
  • Released: June 16, 2017
  • Singles: "The Devil Is Near"

With group "Trinity"[edit]

  • 2013: "20 In"

Compilation albums[edit]

Album Information
Operation Take Back Hip Hop
  • Released: 2008
  • Track: 11 - Stay In Ya Lane


  1. ^ "Sadat X". Discogs. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  2. ^ Biography of Sadat X on
  3. ^ Sadat X interview on
  4. ^ We Love You Isaac Hayes! Archived 2006-10-20 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Afraid of Dark - a documentary feature film by Mya B." Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  6. ^ Okocha, Olivia. "Afraid of Dark". Retrieved 30 December 2017.

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