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Derrick Murphy, 29 December 1968, New Rochelle, New York, USA. Sadat X initially rose to prominence as a member of Brand Nubian, one of the most politicized and controversial rap acts of the 90s. Having worked on three high-impact albums with that group, All For One, In God We Trust and Everything Is Everything, he elected to turn solo in the mid-90s. His debut record for RCA Records, Wild Cowboys, was titled after the black cowboys, erased from the history books, who helped to establish cities such as Chicago in pre-industrialized America. It extensively featured his younger protégé, rapper Shaun Black, and hit out at the lazy eulogies to gun culture of the west coast gangsta rappers. Instead, Sadat emphasized the need for young blacks to rise above the prejudice of an unjust system and their own expectations: A lot of black people dont want to help themselves. They dont want to study or educate themselves, which is...