Baristanet Profile: Samad Savage

photo credit: Julian Putnam

Name: My name is Samad Savage, but my friends and local Montclarians call me Samad or Mâd.

Where do you live? Montclair, the town that produced me.

When did you move there? 1996, When I was born.

Where did you grow up? Montclair, Forest Street. The melting pot of the town.

How do you make a living? OR What is your everyday passion? I make a living off of rapping, singing, engineering music, cover arts, whatever pays the bills and makes humans feel.

Coffee, tea or … ? I like tea over coffee, although I drink coffee more. Specifically, mint tea and honey.

What’s your idea of a perfect weekend day? A perfect day on any day of the week is being able to accomplish anything, even if it’s small. Nothing worse than wasted time.

What’s your favorite local restaurant? Either Stuffed Burger or Chatni. The Mac n Cheese Stuffed Burger with extra BBQ sauce is phenomenal with a side of fries. At Chatni, any and everything is delicious.

What’s on your nightstand? There’s cocoa butter to moisturize the skin and The Quran to moisturize the mind.

What are you listening to?  Currently, my new album, DUO-LITTY. It’s my greatest work, but I’m consistently thinking on how I can do even better than that.

What are your current indulgences? I really enjoy riding my new E-Bike around the town. It clears my head, and it’s nice to run into fans and friends.

What talent you would most like to have? I would really love to learn how to play the guitar so I can add it to my performances.

What’s the worst-kept (or best-kept!) secret about Montclair? The best-kept secret is that Montclair is diverse. The worst-kept secret is that the educational and judicial system give equal treatment.

What do you hope they say about you at your funeral? I hope they say that I inspired many and that they celebrate my life instead of mourning my death.

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  1. Interesting profile, especially

    “ The worst-kept secret is that the educational and judicial system give equal treatment.”

    Does that mean that those systems are delivering equal treatment but locals don’t realize it?

    Does answer to worst kept secret? Imply answers