Wild Cowboys
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studio album by Sadat X


July 15, 1996


August 1995 - February 1996


Chung King Studios
(Manhattan, New York City)
D&D Studios
(New York City, New York)
Chris Biondo Studios
(Washington, DC)
Platinum Island Recording Studios
(New York City, New York)
Greene St. Recording
(New York City, New York)


Hip hop, East Coast hip hop, Conscious hip hop, Underground hip hop




Loud Records / RCA


Matt Life (exec.), Schott Free (also exec.), Diamond D, Pete Rock, Buckwild, DJ Alamo, Minnesota, DJ Ogee, Showbiz, Da Beatminerz, Ali Malek, Ant Greene Father Time, Dante Ross (also exec.), Sadat X (also exec.)

Wild Cowboys is the debut solo studio album by American rapper and Brand Nubian member Sadat X. It was released in July 15, 1996 under Loud Records. Recording sessions took place at Chung King Studios, Platinum Island Recording Studios, D&D Studios and Greene St. Recording in New York City and at Chris Biondo Studios in Washington, D.C. from August 1995 to February 1996. The album did not receive much mainstream attention. it was a popular underground release, partly due to the album's producers, which included Showbiz, Diamond D, Pete Rock, Buckwild, DJ Alamo, Minnesota, Da Beatminerz, DJ Ogee, Ali Malek, Ant Greene Father Time and Dante Ross. It includes guest appearances by Shawn Black, Grand Puba, D.V. Alias Khrist, Money Boss Players, Sha Sha, Deda, Tec, Cool Chuck and Regina Hall.

The album peaked at #83 on the US Billboard 200 and at #13 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Wild Cowboys spawned the three singles: "Hang 'Em High" b/w "Stages & Lights", which both of songs made it #98 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the song "The Lump Lump" reached at #85 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and #20 on the Hot Rap songs chart.

A sequel to the album, Wild Cowboys II, was released in March 20, 2010.

Track listing[edit | edit source]

  1. "The Lump Lump" - 3:55
  2. "Wild Cowboys" - 4:38
  3. "Sauce For Birdheads" (feat. Shawn Black) - 4:03
  4. "Open Bar" (feat. Grand Puba) - 4:35
  5. "Hang 'Em High" (feat. D.V. Alias Khrist) - 4:00
  6. "Do It Again" - 4:02
  7. "Game's Sober" (feat. Money Boss Players & Sha Sha) - 4:35
  8. "Smoking on the Low" (feat. D.V. Alias Khrist & Shawn Black) - 4:42
  9. "Petty People" (feat. Shawn Black) - 4:26
  10. "The Interview" (feat. Regina Hall) - 3:23
  11. "Stages & Lights" - 4:15
  12. "Move On" - 4:35
  13. "The Funkiest" - 4:30
  14. "Escape From New York" (feat. Deda) - 4:10
  15. "The Hashout" (feat. Shawn Black, Tec & Cool Chuck) - 4:28

Samples[edit | edit source]

The Lump Lump

  • "Blind Alley" by The Emotions
  • "Tell Me" by Groove Theory

Wild Cowboys

  • "Both Ends Against the Middle" by Richard "Popcorn" Wylie
  • "Mascaram Setaba" by Mulatu Astatke

Open Bar

  • "The Mixed Up Cup" by Clyde McPhatter
  • "Invitation" by Cal Tjader

Hang 'Em High

  • "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (Main Theme)" by Ennio Morricone

Game's Sober

  • "Louisiana Blues" by Climax Blues Band
  • "Standing Right Here" by Melba Moore

Smoking on the Low

  • "The Bus" by Solomon Burke

Petty People

  • "Midnight Theme" by Manzel
  • "Song of Innocence" by David Axelrod

The Interview

  • "Ike's Mood I / You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" by Isaac Hayes

Stages & Lights

  • "Come in Out of the Rain" by Parliament
  • "I Don't Want to Leave You, I Just Came to Say Good-Bye" by Shawn Phillips

Move On

  • "Outside Love" by Brethren

The Funkiest

  • "Lovin' You" by Minnie Riperton
  • "Bambu" by Reuben Wilson
  • "Four Play" by Fred Wesley and The Horny Horns

Escape From New York

  • "The Sorcerer of Isis (The Ritual of the Mole)" by Power of Zeus
  • "Ralph's New Blues" by The Modern Jazz Quintet

The Hashout

  • "Pedra Da Lua" by Stone Alliance
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