Sure, I was going to review this weeks ago but I wanted to wait until I could rock it in the whip to get a true appreciation. The verdict? Not great, but not a complete waste of time either. Although it lacks that finished touch due to it being a rushed product as a result of Sadat’s impending incarceration, I’d still rather hear this than most of the other albums that I’ve had to endure lately.
That being said, there’s ususally an element that detracts from a lot of the tracks, whether it be an awful chorus (“Chosen Few”), poor production (“Who”) or unnecessary sequel (“The Post”). There are some bright spots though, as The Beatminerz contribute an unusual yet enjoyable beat and the one and only Greg N-I-C-E makes a welcome return. There are also a couple of hidden tracks, one of them being “Why? (Lesbian)”, which is a classic Sadat record from a couple of years ago that never got a proper issue, as he takes on the role of a character who’s trying to prevent a broad seducing his girl! It’s these kind of original concepts that keep the X Man relevent after such a long tour of duty in the rap game. The title track with DJ Spinna is also noteworthy, as X gives us a suprisingly honest account of preparing himself for jail.
For loyal fans this is still worth checking out, but if Education & Experience didn’t move you then this project will do little to change your mind, for although Black October is miles ahead of something like Behind Bars, it’s no Wild Cowboys either.
Rating: 3 Becks
Sadat X “Black October” [Black October, Riverside Drive, 2006]:
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