As a fan of Sadat X's previous work, this album at times felt like a mixtape, or an if you ever wondered how his voice would sound over other classic tracks, well here you go type of scenario
When I listened to and reviewed Sadat X's introspective last album for The Source, Black October [click to read], the overall theme was acceptance and regret, as he contemplated all of the things that he was about to miss and that he'd have to do without as he was getting ready to serve time behind bars. Now with his new digital-turned-retail-release, Generation X, the Brand Nubian co-founder is echoing the cries of Martin Luther King...free at last.
The man with the high-pitched melodious voice has not lost any of his passion and openness as he continues to allow the listener once again to experience his inner most thoughts and feelings. From the very first track, "Now" featuring Twan, it's evident that Sadat X is in full celebratory party mode. Mentally and physically free to be different and to think outside of the box, he jumps on the classic beat of the 1986 Joeski single, "Pee Wee's Dance," and in a conversational tone, drops a tale about partying. The song, "Never" samples Biz Markie's voice on the hook and utilizes the beat from his joint, "This is Something for the Radio" sees Sadat posing questions, pondering and harping on what folks would never do to him or for him. Meanwhile, "Hey Baby" is the epitome of Funk in the midst of a back and forth borrowing and channeling of the foundation and style of Positive K's