Sadat X at the Comfort Zone, July 12. Tickets: $12. Attendance: 250. Rating: n
looks like sadat x has decided to coast on his reputation as a Brand Nubians co-founder. The past few years have seen a dramatic increase in the professionalism of touring American hiphop acts. But nobody told Sadat X. Woozy and confused, X stumbled through a short set of half-assed rhyming that left many fans disappointed. As one head said halfway through his set, "Shoot me now, this guy doesn't even sound like Sadat."
Said DJ Fase after the show, "Even when he got here for sound check he had nothing prepared. The whole night he was, like, "Yo, take that track off -- go to the next one.' Sloppy as fuck. He didn't give a shit."
While Sadat X looked through the DJs' crates for beats he recognized during the long pauses between songs, the crowd became visibly restless, and few responded to the calls to "make some noise for Sadat X.'
Midway in, he opened up the mike to freestylers in order to deflect attention from himself. This worked for a while, until the mike got passed to some guy who was too messed up to say anything, prompting Sadat X to stop the track once again and try to figure out what to do next.
By the time he got around to doing an abbreviated version of his X-Man hit, the crowd had lost interest.
There were moments when he shone like the old days. But it seemed he'd been out of the game for too long, and he looked lost during most of his time onstage.
He's lucky that they used metal detectors at the door and that it was Toronto and not the Bronx. A tougher crowd might have ended his career right there.