I Know, I Know…

Sorry, I know it’s been a minute since I’ve been on here. I’ve been working on school, and writing pieces for your favorite publications. I’ll try to get back on the ball, but for now, here’s a few highlights from my newly posted Saigon interview, available for your perusal at HipHopDX.com. Peep his mixtape Return of the Yardfather (if you can even still find it, with the RIAA’s recent bitch moves), his MySpace page, and show love to his “Pain In My Life” single with Trey Songz by voting on it on your radio stations and/or video countdowns. If this sounds promo-ish, it is; I’m a full-on supporter of dude, and I think his album The Greatest Story Never Told is going to be somethin’ special.

On Just Blaze:
“You’ve got to think, he’s one of the best producers in the world. I don’t want to come in and fuck up his legacy. He has a legacy that he’s trying to keep going. And him taking on me as an artist is his way of saying, “I’m willing to align myself with you.” I’ve got to come correct. I can’t half-step, because if I fail, it looks like I’m the failure, because he’s been winning up to this point” [laughs]

On alleged label drama:
“I don’t think that has anything to do with my situation, because we’re still in the A&R process. We haven’t even turned anything in to Atlantic yet, because most situations, Atlantic comes in and they want to hear every single song. We’re just turning in the album when it’s done, and saying, ‘Here, this is what it is.’” (note: this interview was conducted a long time ago, a real long time ago…back in ’94)

On music being overlooked because of his message/political views:
“I’m a man before I’m an artist. If I see something wrong, I’m going to address it, point blank period. I’ma talk about it, because that’s why I have a voice. That’s the purpose of having a voice, so you can fuckin’ speak. Of course I like talking about music, because music is what got me here, music is the reason why a mothafucka would even care to interview me at all. But at the same time, I live in this world, and I see certain things that go on that need to be addressed at some point.”

On his role on HBO’s Entourage:

“It’s helped me a lot, a whole lot. I always had a big underground buzz, but the white people know who I am now. There are 40-year-old ladies who know who Saigon is, because they watch Entourage. It opens me up to a whole new demographic. … So hopefully it translates (into sales). If it doesn’t, it still was a good experience. I know it’s going to help to some extent.”

On The People:
“Everybody knows that we’re fucked up in this country. We came here as fuckin’ slaves, it’s not a secret. They teach you that in school. Everyone knows the government is grimy. Everybody knows they killed the Indians off to take their land, they enslaved the Africans. We know who we’re dealing with, so let’s not try to keep reminding. We’ve got a problem, so come with a solution. What will we do to change this shit?”
On his come-up:
“I paved my own way. A lot of these dudes pop up out of nowhere because they end up joining something that’s already established. … I started from scratch, and I built my brand up from day one by myself. I didn’t have a Dipset to go get down with, I didn’t have a G-Unit to latch onto. I didn’t have a Roc-A-Fella to go get a chain and say, ‘I’m down with the Roc now.’ … It took me six and a half years to get where I’m at, but that’s why I think I’m going to last longer.”
On Jim Jones:
“A lot of these so-called thugs, especially in New York, these gangsta rap thug rappers, nobody believes them. Nobody believes Jim Jones, nobody believes that.”
  • Graham

    Saigon’s probably my favorite emcee right now even without an album. He’s something special.

  • nik

    Yeah Benjamin Andre is comin’ thru these days…KILLIN’ THEM WACK DOWN SOUTH REMIXES & makin’ em classics!