Release Date: Feb 15, 2011
Record label: Suburban Noize
Saigon :: The Greatest Story Never ToldFort Knocks/Suburban Noize RecordsAuthor: Steve 'Flash' Juon"Previously on The Greatest Story Never Told. . .
These are just small complaints, though, because not only is most of what Saigon says pertinent, it's spot on. He's an intelligent rapper, and has clearly matured in the time it's taken for the album to be released (even the distance between Greatest Story… and his 2009 mixtape, Warning Shots 2 -- which featured the track "For Some Pussy" -- is striking). Which isn't to say he's any less angry about the socio-economic conditions hindering the inner city, but he seems less likely to strike out, less bitter about his own experiences.
While Saigon’s plight with the music industry is surely not a special case, it is still a revealing source of the intricate flaws that accompany being signed to a major label. Shelved as an artist due to marketing issues and unable to procure proper liberation from Atlantic Records, the New York rapper born Brian Carenard found himself shackled to a diminishing Rap career, a notion that was all too familiar for the former prison inmate. Five years later and finally off the label at the ripe age of 33, Saigon hopes to capture in one debut album what his peers have done in three to four releases with The Greatest Story Never Told.
Allow Saigon to reintroduce himself as: (a) the rapper you need to hear (of course); (b) the rapper taking the proverbial "it" back; and (c) the hardest rapper in the game. These talking points are familiar to the point of cliche, so even a freshman celebrity shouldn't have trouble covering them. However, Saigon is also the emcee with one of the worst debut experiences ever circulated on the Internet.
The year is 2007. Papoose and Saigon are two of the hottest new names on the New York radio and mixtape circuit. Saigon in particular is buzzing due to the heavy cosign from Just Blaze, who’s branching out from his Roc-A-Fella house work to provide most of the beats for Saigon’s debut. HBO’s latest hit show Entourage is buzzing and Saigon gets an extended arc as Turtle’s first signed artist, Saigon.