Once, it seemed as if Saigon would never be able to release an album. Now, he has two out in just as many years. Evident from the content of his music, Saigon has slim chances of ever gaining the commercial success of his peers. With someone needing to fill the void and rap about things that matter, Saigon remains here, consistently.
It was symbolic of Saigon to release his album on November 6, on Election Day, which was expected to be much closer. Comparable to the candidates, Saigon sought for change with The Greatest Story Never Told 2: Bread and Circuses. At a time when hip hop is in disarray, Saigon is the voice of reason on his new album.
The politics of the rap game have angered many who have gotten close to it. Rappers from Waka Flocka Flame to Saigon have complained about the “fakeness” in hip hop. Among the topics touched upon on Bread and Circuses was the literal game hip hop has become, inspired by corporate greed.
One of hip hop’s more political artists, Saigon was not afraid to touch those taboo topics with his “Blown Away” single, for which the music video was released yesterday. Choosing education over entertainment, Saigon still managed to give the listeners something to rock to. Most importantly, there was a real message behind the music Saigon delivered with his new album. Those who took the time to listen to Bread and Circuses and understood what was being said will agree this is definitely a project that needs to be heard.
Saigon made a point of never being afraid to say what is on his mind and he makes this evident on this album, more than even on his debut.
Hip Hop Vibe’s Rating: 8/10