Brand Nubian's Sadat X on Rikers Island: 'Not Conducive to Creativity'

SF Weekly's Ben Westhoff brings back a burly interview with rapper Sadat X regarding his prison stay and the first thing that happened when he got back to 157th and Broadway. Damn, Ben. -d2

Sadat X interview

By Ben Westhoff

Legendary New York rapper Sadat X gave the SF Weekly his first interview since leaving prison in June, at his small apartment in the Manhattan neighborhood Washington Heights. The Brand Nubian co-founder, who is 37 and whose real name is Derek Murphy, talked at length about his alleged crime, his incarceration at Rikers Island, and his future plans — while smoking joints and eating Jolly Ranchers, fried chicken and french fries. He plays August 30 at Milk.

What’s with all the basketball trophies? You know, I played basketball as a youth coming up, and I also coached for many years. A lot of [the trophies] I left behind in New Rochelle in Westchester County, at my mother’s house. I’ve got a lot of trophies, and just couldn’t fit ‘em all here.

When did you get out of prison? The 14th of June.

Was that the day you expected? Yeah, I knew that day coming in. The first day you’re …

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