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Saigon

Analogous to mixtape kingpins 50 Cent and Papoose, Saigon rose to prominence within hip-hop's top ranks, particularly in New York, on unofficial singles and mixtapes alone. Politically conscious and street-smart, the rapper became a formidable force when he was taken under the wing of Roc-A-Fella Records' in-demand producer Just Blaze, who shared his passion for early-'90s hip-hop.

Born in Brooklyn but raised in Rockland County, New York, Saigon (aka Brian Carenard) developed his deft rhyming skills during his seven-year stint in prison, where he also earned the nickname "the Yardfather." Only a teenager, he spent much of his time delving into politics and black history, educating himself on topics like the Vietnam War and Toussaint L'Ouverture, but he identified primarily with the history and background of Malcolm X. After his prison release in 2000, he established the company Abandoned Nation, which was partly a nonprofit foundation to provide support for the children of incarcerated parents, but also helped him and associated artists to pursue their music careers. His first important musical contact was DJ/producer Mark Ronson, who gave him studio time and access to other valuable contacts. The rapper later left Ronson's company, on good terms, in order to explore better options.

Saigon began producing mixtapes in 2002. It didn't take the raw lyricist much time to gain a sizable fan base with songs like the political "Shok TV," the street gang-focusing "The Color Purple," and the alliterating exercise of "The Letter P," one of his first tracks with Just Blaze. Blaze was looking for an atypical rapper with whom he could start his new Fort Knocks imprint, and after hearing Saigon, he signed him almost immediately. To say Saigon became just a promising up-and-comer is an understatement. Saigon was listed on tons of "Artists to Watch" lists (including in Time magazine) and graced the covers of many hip-hop publications throughout the early to mid-2000s. His songs found their way onto the mixtapes of many reputable DJs, like DJ Kay Slay, DJ Whookid, and DJ Drama. Meanwhile, his own mixtapes, including the Yardfather volumes and Warning Shots (2004), sold very well. By 2005, the MC was signed to Atlantic Records via Blaze's imprint and had landed a recurring role in the HBO hit series Entourage. However, his official Atlantic debut album was constantly delayed, causing his buzz in the industry to subside slightly, but still leaving many in anticipation.

Just months after signing, Saigon began working to obtain his release from Atlantic, claiming artistic differences, and even announced his retirement in 2007; finally, he was released from the label in 2008. Although very little official material emerged -- just a few singles -- he released mixtapes and other unofficial albums prolifically, including two further volumes of his Warning Shots series (which had debuted in 2004). Finally, in 2011, Saigon released his first official album, The Greatest Story Never Told, via Suburban Noize Records and Just Blaze's Fort Knocks. Produced primarily by Just Blaze, the album earned strong reviews and sparked Saigon to talk about recording a new album soon. ~ Cyril Cordor
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Greatest Story Never Told Chapter 2: Bread And Circuses

1. Plant The Seed (What U Paid For)

2. Rap Vs. Real

3. Let Me Run

4. Not Like Them

5. Brownsville Girl

6. The Game Changer

7. Blown Away

8. When Will U Love Me

9. The Vowel Song

10. Best Thing That I Found

11. Relafriendship

12. Yeah Yeah

13. Forever Dreamin'

14. Intervention (Let It Go)

15. Our Babies 2 (Crazy World)

16. Keep Pushing

17. Blown Away Pt. 2

18. Rap Vs. Real (Homegrown)

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Track List: The Greatest Story Never Told

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Track List: Warning Shots 2: Street Classics & Freestyles (Explicit)

1. Nothing Comes Easy

2. That's Not Whats Up

3. Fatherhood (Rayne Dior)

4. All Around The World

5. For Some P*Ussy

6. Cookies & Milk

7. Be On Time

8. G Optified (Tommy Tee's Theme Sampler)

9. F*Ck Me, F*Ck You

10. Rusty' Gunz

11. Aye Aye Aye N*Gga

12. Copping Pleas

13. Who Can Get Busy

14. For Some P**sy (Remix)

15. Gotta Believe It

16. Saiiiii Outro

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Track List: The Greatest Story Never Told (Single)

1. The Greatest Story Never Told

2. The Greatest Story Never Told

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Like if they have a better understandin g than life and their contact and it lyrics shows that. Like if they know what's important and money isn't like NF the rapper
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He's just not that kind of rapper some of them cuz. He used to not be as Christian as he was. And that's not his little brother but I do think that guy you think is his little brother is a better rapper. It depends on the rapper some Christian rappers have a better grip on life than normal ones but it really just depends . I think if there on the level of the speech in which they're talking consciously. Like they're aware about what they are speaking of in their contact like if they have a bette
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Just for all you guys,(and gals)Lecrae isn't actually his brother,just to be helpful��
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Some of y'all sound like Pharisees you dont know this mans walk with god and @ dducomcbd most believers in Christ do have a better grip on life than rappera cause when you have Christ you handle things better in His strength and money dont help you cope with pain or deal with it it helps to cover ut up and pushvto the side so yall stop condemning and judge rightfully
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Is this guy a Christian? I'm genuinely stumped. His lil bro is Lecrae tho which is pretty awesome.
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he is now a Christian his lil bro is Lecrae too which is cool
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Thank you
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His song best thing that ive found is clearly Christian but i dont think he is truly saved
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I'm disgusted by the multitude of Christians thinking they have a better grip on life then rappers
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He is a christian now but when he raped about things like that he was not
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He's just like Yonas he says hes a christian but cusses n his songs i thought this dude was a christian rapper but his albums say explicit content and he talks bout n**gas and p**sy...sorr y but he does. I wanna know what happened to him and Yonas
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hyper420alwa y s
New Creature...r e n e w e d !
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is this guy Christian?
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The best rap song ive ever heard... incredible I needed a little help at the time I first heard this... found this on eminent radio.. incrediblr
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Awesome song only one by him I like god bless
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Just Blaze production comin n at cha, talking about life man. love you always will Saigon " no justice no peace"
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c_l_cole97
awesome.God bless!
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Yeah
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c_l_cole97
is this guy a christian??
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ymgomez02
Great song
He's tight
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gabemonster1 9 9 9
Please follow I 11and single and christan
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This reminds me of shai linne and Willie will
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Is that foo a Christian
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pastormike22 5
Lecrae is awesome in it! My favourite rapper.
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WOW WHAT WAS THAT POINT OF THE SONG OF ALL I NEED IF YOUR SINGING BULL CRAP!!!???
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ansrosinsky
Is Saigon a Christian!?! ? ! ? !
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Please follow I will follow ya back! :)
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His only good song is Best Thing That I Found.
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Is he a Christian
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joshuaharley 1 2 9
THIS IS REAL MUSIC
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This is real rap -_-
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Just Blaze is ruining Saigon.
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follow me ill follow u back
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Been a minute. But still digg his beat.s n lyrical flows yup thx Saigon still love n peace your way
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yingster1
Saigon, I haven't heard much of you, but good luck with being a mixtape kingpin.
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Likeit
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ain't heard much of him but i like it.
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So what have we learned today? Prison can turn a man into a rapping machine!
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jerromegales
A real Artist in every since of the word, Thanks for being true to ur brand of Music and not selling out to the Bull!
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go bk saigon the truth
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daverubins
if you like this dude check subterainian s and one man army...
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daverubins
dude sounds like subterrainia n s
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punk42020003 7 3 4 1 7
this n**ga sick
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most underrated rapper
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Dude, there is a collaboratio n consisting of Saigon, Jadakiss, and Joell Ortiz in a remix of Ortiz' single "Hip-Hop". I hope Pandora.com can get a hold of it!
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I bought warning shots back in 03' sai's only gotten better with time.

Saigon deserves everything that will come to him, I hope NY can come back on his back
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I listen to him because of this T.V. series called Entourage, "which is a show I watch 2 or 3 times a day". However I looked up Saigon online here on pandora and poped up. This is why I tell people to listen to Pandora, It is an access to the music world, I enjoy this artists style and hip-hop class. One
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Saigon the DON
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honestly becoming the best

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