To say that Saigon has had a tumultuous career in the music industry would be an understatement. The Brooklyn native, who now joins Krizz Kaliko and Kutt Calhoun on the Strange Noize Tour, has long been the victim of label politics. Breaking out in 2002, Saigon took the independent hip hop scene by storm with a series of mixtape releases in association with DJ Kay Slay and DJ Whoo Kid. His unquestionable ability to string together vivid tales of the prison system, politics, and street life, led his name to be held in the same regard as Nas and Jay-Z. Having captured the attention of the world, Saigon soon found himself being groomed for the majors by superstar producer Just Blaze. With the help of Just Blaze and Atlantic Records, Saigon’s debut album, The Greatest Story Never Told, would finally see its release…or so he thought.
After years of delays and political struggles with the label, Saigon’s album was seemingly shelved. He kept himself busy with numerous guest appearances on HBO’s Entourage. Following a long absence, Saigon’s album found a home in the Kottonmouth Kings’ Suburban Noize Records. With distribution finally in place, The Greatest Story Never Told would see its long awaited release in 2011. Featuring production from Just Blaze and guest features from Jay-Z, Q-Tip, and Faith Evans, the album was a true testament to Saigon’s reach in hip hop. Upon its release, The Greatest Story Never Told garnered universal acclaim and was even give a four and half mic rating from The Source. Just shy of a five mic rating, the album proved to be a potent mix of lyrical skill and clean production. Keeping his artistic integrity has paid off for Saigon, and now his story can finally be told. Fans can catch the Yardfather putting it down along with the rest of Suburban Noize and Strange Music on the Strange Noize Tour 2011.
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