Published on November 21st, 2016 | by Jerry Doby1
Live Session: SAS of Love and Hip Hop Atlanta Pt. 1
Love and Hip Hop Atlanta’s SAS (@sas_nbl) dropped by The Hype Magazine Atlanta offices for an in-depth conversation, giving us an update on what’s coming and what to expect from pending mixtape entitled “Laylat al-Qadr” (Night of Power) and the back story is more than incredible. On the immediate schedule for SAS will be a remix of an earlier single “Who is you kiddin” Ft. Skool to be released on his brother Dolla’s birthday, November 25th. Dolla was tragically gunned down in Los Angeles at the Beverly Center shopping mall. His killer was acquitted on a legal technicality. SAS talks gives us the details in his interview below.
Layla al-Qadr is considered the holiest night of the year for Muslims, and is traditionally celebrated on the 27th day of Ramadan. It is known as the “Night of Power,” and commemorates the night that the Quran was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, beginning with the exhortation, “Read!
As it relates to SAS, this was the night he was shot in the back of his head on Independence Day weekend 2016…and lived to tell us the story!
Stay tuned for Pt. 2 after the mixtape drops…there’s much more to this young man than the music!!! SAS gives us the inside scoop on his imprint Leaders Entertainment, the label’s up and comers and much much more…He also discusses what it will take for him to do another season of Love and Hip Hop! Stay tuned!
SAS reached success prior to his cocky single “I’m a Dog,” club banger, “Who Is You Kiddin’” featuring Skooly, his reoccurring role on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop Atlanta and not to mention personally financing two of his videos that premiered on World Star Hip Hop. He first got his feel of music when he joined his older brother’s rap group, Da Razkalz Cru at the age of seven. Instantly kicking their careers into high gear, they became in-demand from guest appearances in music videos, modeling for Sean John, to performing on Nickelodeon’s® All That, and joining the B2K Pandemonium Tour while signed to Elektra Records. Eventually deciding to part ways due to the blatant age barriers, SAS immediately returned to school and became a self-contained writer only visiting the studio to keep one foot in the door.
“I feel like I brought attention to the group because I was the youngest. But, there were things they were ready to talk about, that I had yet to experience. So we did what was best,” SAS explains.
His drive changed in 2009 after the tragic loss of his older brother, Dolla who was at the height of his career. Charged with ambition and the need to carry on Dolla’s legacy, he reentered the studio. Music filled the gap between school and the night life for SAS and the results were back to back mixtapes, Problem Child and Unsolved Problems.
SAS was soon hit with another tragic setback after a family dispute that left him facing life in prison. He spent a year in jail but bonded out and spent another year on strict house arrest. While on house arrest, he fell back on his roots by turning his closet into a make-shift studio. Putting his ambitions on full display, he penned his recent experiences and conceived his mixtape Out On Bail. During this time, he discovered he had a son and was jolted once again with motivation to go harder. Following his conviction, he released Follow My Lead on Dolla’s birthday as a tribute to his contribution to music. With his brother, Scrap DeLeon acting as his manager he started making power moves to solidify his efforts. Today, his determination begins with time in a gym, frequent closed- session/studio locks-ins, taking to the stage for live performances without question, and all while never allowing parenthood to fall by the wayside. SAS is currently perfecting his latest mixtape, “If I Don’t Lead, Who Will?”
“My music is a mirror image of my life experiences. From the betrayal imposed on me during my time in jail to the losses and gains in my life. It is all me and all real.” – SAS (Bio courtesy of OSO Imaging 2016)
Interview shot by Chaele of Creative Artist NetworkTweet