There’s very few emcees whose pedigrees are more definitively hip-hop than that of Agallah & Sadat X. With a resume that traces back to the days old New York before Giuliani turned Times Square into Disney Land, 8-Off and Derek X were busy making what would become forever lasting contributions to the culture that we know and love as hip-hop.
Sadat would make a strong name for himself as part of Brand Nubian, and would go onto a successful solo career that would include a stellar run of solo albums—including ‘96s acclaimed Wild Cowboys LP—along with a string of stand out guest appearances and collaborations with the likes of everyone from Biggie to Common. Agallah on the other hand had a strong come-up first as a producer, lending his talents for the likes of EPMD, Das EFX, Group Home and even Onyx, among others. For many, it wasn’t until the release of Rawkus’ inaugural Soundbombing compilation where we would first hear Agallah spit under his ‘8-Off The Assassin’ alias alongside R.A. the Rugged Man on the underground classic, “Till My Heart Stops.” Agallah would go onto build an impressive discography and collaborate with everyone from Alchemist to DJ Premier, and even teamed with PMD for their short-lived duo, D.B.D. (Death B4 Dishonor).
After years of steadily releasing solo material and pushing their craft well past the point of when most veteran emcees would begin to fade into obscurity, these two rap titans would continue to their ascent, inevitably joining forces for their debut collaborative release, The Gods Have Arrived.
“The Gods Have Arrived!” Sadat exclaims when speaking on the inspiration for the title. “Both of us are veterans and this project shows our maturation.”
Agallah shares that sentiment when speaking on the record, adding that they’re just building from the foundation and letting heads know they’re making music for the streets.
“We wouldn’t make this music if there wasn’t a want for it,” states the emcee/producer. “So many people are tired of the wack bars and gimmicks in today’s hip-hop culture, and we had to keep it as raw as possible.”
Whether it’s the hard hitting street banger, “The Boppers,” the Greg Nice assisted debut leak, “Praise The Lords,” or Sadat’s personal favorite, “Book of Acts” that rawness is evident from start to finish as both artists put decades of talents on full display throughout the entire LP.
But what makes this collaboration stand out from others is how evident it is to discern the bond and years of friendship that exist between them. In fact, the first words uttered on the album titled opener, Agallah states, “you can’t forge real relationships.” This truly sets the tone for the album, as the two share their mutual history that started as far back as the early ‘90s.
Friendship and history aside, we can all be thankful that both Agallah and Sadat realized that collectively they have something greater to offer. And so without further adieu, Weekly Rap Gods is pleased to share with you the world premiere of their collaborative LP, The Gods Have Arrived!
‘The Gods Have Arrived’ [Exclusive Album Stream]
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