Sabac Red biography
Sabac Red is a former member of the underground hip-hop group Non Phixion, born in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. His family moved to Brooklyn, NY when he was 4 years old.
Sabac began his journey into hip-hop as a b-boy and aspiring graffiti artist. At the age of 12 Sabac began exploring the art of emceeing. He would listen to the mix shows and memorize other MCs' lyrics. He would then make parodies of the song's using his own lyrics. Sabac would perform at block parties, school talent shows and anywhere there was music and a mic constantly battling other MCs and nurturing his craft.
While a freshman at Lafayette High School in Brooklyn, NY Sabac would promote parties and shows for artists such as Milk and Gizmo, Big Daddy Kane, Greg Nice and many other hip-hop legends.
While in school, Sabac found himself getting into trouble with the law. He had to do community service at the CityKids Foundation (http://www.citykids.org) where he ended up learning how to use his lyrics to express his pain and the things that were going on around him. He received training in Facilitation, Conflict Management, Public Speaking, Curriculum Design/ Implementation and much more. CityKids was and still is a place that develops young artists and leaders.
With help from his mentors Malik Yoba, Jamal Joseph and Alex Atkinson, Sabac had the opportunity to learn, create and grow with his peers who have become some of today's very successful artists including: Dash Mihok, Donald Fasion, Lauren Hill, Dule Hill, Mario Vasquez, and many more. Sabac began working at CityKids between school, touring and odd jobs. He worked his way up to become The Director of Programs at The CityKids Foundation. Sabac resigned from CityKids in 2004 to tour and continue to work on music.
After high school, Sabac went to recording engineering school where he got a degree in recording engineering. Sabac went on to work for Wild Pitch Records as the College Radio promoter. He also did street promotion for Nas' Illmatic and a number of artists in the 90s.
In 1995 Sabac hooked up with Ill Bill and there begin the relationship of what is now the legacy of Non Phixion. Non-Phixion was Ill Bill, Sabac Red, Goretex and DJ Eclipse. The group began to put out music independently and began touring the world on their own. Sabac Red and Non Phixion have performed in all of NYC's major venues and have done shows all over the world. Some of the groups Sabac and Non Phixion have shared the stage with include Gang Starr, Run DMC, Wu-Tang Clan, Rage Against the Machine, Mos Def, Hazen St., Ludacris, Black Moon, Boot Camp Click, Pharaoh Monch, Big Pun and Fat Joe, Cypress Hill, Necro, Q-Unique, The Beatnuts, Jurassic 5, Lordz of Brooklyn, Dead Prez, Beastie Boys & The Roots and Vinnie Paz of Jedi Mind Tricks. In 2006 Non-Phixion called it quits although Sabac Red, Ill Bill and DJ eclipse will continue to work together on all upcoming projects.
Sabac released his debut solo album Sabacolypse "A Change Gon' Come" on the independent Psycho+ Logical- Records in June 2004. The album received great reviews and continues to sell units worldwide. In 2005 Sabac put out two powerful Mix CD's titled "Freestyle and Demos Vol. 1" and "Sabac Red Presents The Collabo Collection Vol. 1".
In 2005 Sabac moved to Oakland, California where he continues to lead workshops and train young people and adults.
Sabac is currently performing solo shows around the world as well as working on his next solo project, a CD/DVD Titled "The Ritual" due out 2007. He is also finishing up The Collabo Collection Vol. 2, which will be released right before "The Ritual". Sabac is planning a world tour for 2007 including places like Brazil, South Africa, South America and Australia.
Sabac Red is also the Academic Liaison for the Alameda Unified School District's R.I.S.E/Jetsetters program and designs curricula for middle and high school students.