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It's hard to believe that The Greatest Story Never Told is officially Saigon's debut album. The Brownsville, Brooklyn MC first started talking about it, by name, back in 2004, in his Warning Shots mixtape, posted updates about it in 2006, announced its arrival in 2007, and now, finally, after various setbacks legal and otherwise, put it out in early 2011. This also means that most of these songs have been done for a while — "Come on Baby" even leaked in 2007, albeit in slightly different form, and there are references to events, like Katrina, that while certainly not irrelevant, are not quite as much in the musical parlance as they were a couple of years prior (add this to the fact there's a "hidden" track, "Too Long," which comes after two minutes of silence, and you wonder if Saigon hasn't realized people often buy mp3s before CDs).

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. This makes for a more focused record — an almost impressive accomplishment considering the album spans 18 tracks and nearly 80 minutes; he has his topics ("It's realer than 9/11, I rhyme about lying reverends/…I rap about politicians, how money's their acquisition/to get it, they gotta keep us without a pot to piss in," he outlines in the excellent title track) and he's sticking to them. This focus, this continuity, is helped immensely by Just Blaze, who handles almost all of the production, and keeps things from ending up as indulgent and sprawling (Saigon is also signed to Blaze's Fort Knocks Entertainment label). Blaze has always been a very involved, musically attuned producer, and his attention to detail is evident here, from the alarm clock motif to the way he transitions between tracks. The long stretch from "Clap" to "Give It to Me," for example (five otherwise excellent songs that all should've been trimmed by a couple of minutes), is made manageable, even enjoyable, by the way the MC and the producer work to connect both the musical and lyrical content. "Clap," which has Sai rhyming about community action, moves into a gospel-y hook by Faith Evans, and then the beginnings of sermon, before "Preacher" actually begins (not a complimentary song: "We was muthafucking paying your mortgage/while we was living in the projects, you know we couldn't afford it," goes one particularly vitriolic line) into the hopeful and affirming "It's Alright" (produced by Kanye West). It's the kind of thing that requires a commitment from the listener, but Saigon and the people around him are talented enough to pull it off, even to make it enjoyable, which makes The Greatest Story Never Told one definitely worth hearing.


7 Jahre mussten wir auf dieses Meisterwerk warten...

Als ich mir 2004 "Warning Shots" gekauft hatte und von dem Mixtape so begeistert gewesen bin, hatte sich meine Vorfreude auf "The Greatest Story Never Told" (Im Booklet Coming soon!), seinem ersten Studioalbum natürlich erheblich von mal zu mal hören gesteigert. Wer konnte damals schon wissen das es sich fast um einen ähnlich Mythos wie das Detox Album von Dr.Dre handelt. Nichts desto trotz ist es nun endlich soweit und nach über 7 vergangenen Jahren, ist Saigon mit "The Greatest Story Never Told" ein wirklich starkes Debüt gelungen. Für mich persönlich ist es sogar ein Anwärter auf den Titel "Album des Jahres" und ob es ein so genannter "Classic" ist, wird sich noch zeigen. Just Blaze und Saigon zeigen hier wirklich wieder einmal ihr ganzes Können und nicht nur Fans der beiden und Freunde die richtig gute Rapmusik zu schätzen wissen werden hier ihre Freude dran haben. Ich kann es eigentlich nur jedem empfehlen, der Musik liebt.

Bring Me Down Pt. 2
Better Down
It's Alright
What The Lovers Do
Too Long
And The Winner Is...

Also Leute, kaufen kaufen kaufen! So ein Künstler gehört Unterstützt!!!

Super Album

Die Songs sind genial!!!! Unbedingt kaufen.


hat auch von der JUICE gute Kronen abgeräumt, ziemlich gut


Gegründet: 13. Juli 1977 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Jahre aktiv: '00s, '10s

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...
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