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Saigon Talks 'Greatest Story Never Told', How Jail Might Change Lil Wayne & Just Blaze Vs. Kanye

For a while, it looked like Saigon's full-length album, The Greatest Story Never Told, would hold true to it's title. But through unbending label demands, questionable side projects and retirement threats, the project has endured, and now that Sai has got the right label behind him—indie imprint Suburban Noize—the project will finally hit listeners' ears February 15, 2011. Here, the Yardfather speaks on finally getting out his masterpiece. —John Kennedy


 

VIBE: Congrats on finally getting the right deal for The Greatest Story Never Told. How many labels were hollering at you for that album?

Saigon: Like every indie in the world wanted it. [Laughs] Every indie. I went with Suburban Noize because the artists over there have a great touring following, and that's what I want to establish for myself. I want to jump on these tours and touch the people. Make new fans, 'cause they have Kottonmouth Kings and Swollen Members; they do hip-hop with a rock influence, and that's a world that I wanna explore. I always loved the mesh between rock and hip-hop since "Walk This Way" and "King Of Rock" with Run DMC. That's why I do songs like "Come On Baby" and "Bring Me Down."

Before you finally unveil the album, though, you’re dropping The Prologue EP. How’d that project come together.

I just went back into record mode. Warning Shots 2 was a year ago and I haven't put out anything since then, so while people are waiting and anticipating the album, I'm gon' give 'em this EP. All brand-new records. I wanna remind people that I am of the upper echelon when it comes to rapping ‘cause hip-hop fans are fickle, man. They'll forget about you in two days. People are gonna be surprised 'cause I try to do different things. 

You tried different things on Warning Shots 2—namely a collaboration with OJ Da Juiceman—that didn’t work out too well. Did you accomplish what you were looking to do?

No. Warning Shots 2 was actually me being lazy. Amalgam Digital offered me like 50 grand for a mixtape, so I just threw some songs together and was like, Here's your mixtape.' [Laughs] A lot of those songs were throwaways, but I wasn't caring at that point. The money was good, but I wasn't thinking of my fans at the time.

Surely GSNT will make up for it. How much has that album changed since you first finished it a couple years back? 

It hasn't changed much. We just crossed some T’s and dotted some I’s, tightened up. Change a few lines here and there, but overall, we thought we had a great project that will stand the test of time. [It] was never like I rapped about the latest car or the "in" drink; I rapped about things that we still face every day. [People] would never know that the album was done for two years. 

The only other rapper with a verse on there is Jay-Z. Is that by design?

I really wanted it to be about me on my first one. Other artists, they just either do a hook, but that's it. That was definitely by design. I want to establish who I am. I'm working on this last song, though, with Black Thought from The Roots. One of my favorite emcees of all time.

You’ve famously called it the greatest album of the past 20 years. Still feel that way?

Well, I know that's saying a lot, but I shoot high. I think social content-wise, it's definitely one of the best. And Just [Blaze] did an absolutely great job. So yeah, overall it’s one of the better albums of the past era in this genre of music.

Just Blaze produced half the album, but Kanye pitched in a beat, as well. Putting you in the hot seat: Which of the two is the greater producer?

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The August Alsina and Jada Pinkett-Smith affair rumors have been floating around the Internet for a while and the 26-year-old singer just poked fun at them. On Sunday (May 19), Alsina posted a picture of his swollen face to his Instagram blaming his allergies for his sickly appearance.

"A glimpse of my mood everyday life during allergy season," he wrote in his caption. "Everything on me is so swollen. I'm really trying to do music sh*t for y'all but my allergies are trying to take me out." Even though the This Thing Called Life artist explicitly stated the cause behind his puffy eyes, fans still took his post as an opportunity to twist the story just a little and Alsina joined in on the fun.

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"Will finally caught up to me about all that Jada crap that was going on in the news & let's just say, he whooped my axs [sic]!! Guess that ALl training really paid off :)."

 

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Will finally caught up to me about all that Jada crap that was going on in the news. & let’s just say, he whooped my axs!! Guess that ALI training really paid off 🙂

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Alsina and Pinkett-Smith's friendship first garnered scrutiny when the singer made an Instagram post in honor of the Red Table Talk host's birthday. The post included a "deep" caption that many felt was inappropriate given the actress' marriage. The rumors were heightened with the release of his song "Nunya," in which he references an "actress putting on a show" by the name of Koren, which is Pinkett-Smith's middle name. He later denied that she was the inspiration behind the song.

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Lil Nas X To Release First Project '7' In June

Lil Nas X recently released the music video for his single, "Old Town Road," and now the 20-year-old is ready to keep funneling out content for his fans. The Georgia rapper announced on Saturday (May 18) that his first EP, 7, will arrive in June. Lil Nas X didn't share much about what his "stans" and other listeners could expect from his upcoming project, but assumptions can be made from his Instagram posts featuring fellow artists.

He's flicked it up with the likes of Kelly Rowland, Usher, YBN Cordae, and Tory Lanez but it'll take for June to arrive to know if any of those artists will make appearances on his EP.

Despite the fact that his journey has been met with a few minor bumps in the road—the small hiccup with Dave East comes to mind— Lil Nas X has prevailed and there's no reason why 7 shouldn't see the same amount of success as "Old Town Road."

He's been applauded and celebrated by some of the hottest out right now. Being brought out on stage by Cardi B isn't a small feat, having Billy Ray Cyrus hop on his hit single is the icing on the cake, and what rounds this all out is the presence of A-listers like comedy legend, Chris Rock's cameo in his first music video. Lil Nas X is beating the game right now and can't nobody tell him nothin'.

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Former manager and sister-in-law Pat Houston shared the details with the news site, stating the hologram sits at the top of the list of a forthcoming rollout of Houston's music. In addition to a touring hologram, talks of a Broadway production remains on the table. The revamping of Houston's business output arrives via Primary Wave Music Publishing, a marketing company that Houston's estate signed a contract with. The organization is entitled to 50 percent of Houston's assets like music and merchandise.

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