15 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though best known for his work with Brand Nubian, New York hip-hop legend Sadat X has a growing discography of solo albums, most released independently and under the radar, but still overwhelmingly tight. No Features is his seventh time out since 1996's Wild Cowboys and finds the Uptown resident really going for self, with absolutely no guests whatsoever. Production comes exclusively from Will Tell (down with the Brooklyn Academy), who cooks up a nice batch of 15 boom-bap joints for X to do his thing on. With his truly unique voice, intricate wordplay, and conceptual verses, Sadat sounds just as strong as he did 20 years ago, going off on tracks like "March Madness" where he compares various rappers with post-season college hoop squads, the bass-heavy domestic violence jam "He Hit Me," and ripped-from-the-headlines closer "Whatchu Gone Do," where he touches on Osama bin Laden, the stimulus package, and North Korea. Other standouts include "Day of the Jackal" and the insanely catchy title track.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though best known for his work with Brand Nubian, New York hip-hop legend Sadat X has a growing discography of solo albums, most released independently and under the radar, but still overwhelmingly tight. No Features is his seventh time out since 1996's Wild Cowboys and finds the Uptown resident really going for self, with absolutely no guests whatsoever. Production comes exclusively from Will Tell (down with the Brooklyn Academy), who cooks up a nice batch of 15 boom-bap joints for X to do his thing on. With his truly unique voice, intricate wordplay, and conceptual verses, Sadat sounds just as strong as he did 20 years ago, going off on tracks like "March Madness" where he compares various rappers with post-season college hoop squads, the bass-heavy domestic violence jam "He Hit Me," and ripped-from-the-headlines closer "Whatchu Gone Do," where he touches on Osama bin Laden, the stimulus package, and North Korea. Other standouts include "Day of the Jackal" and the insanely catchy title track.

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