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Saigon talks about the attempted chain snatching and near-death assault.
AllHipHop.com: Okay. Now you know of course we gotta talk about whats the holdup on the album. Everybodys waitin.
Saigon: You know, its not so much a hold up as its like, you know. Its Hip-Hop [A&R] and G. They did it so many times with Jay-Z. They did it with Kanye, so. They know like your set-up gotta be right for you to be successful. I mean if I were to put out my album last year, I wouldnt sold no records. Know what I mean?
Saigon: Entourage. That was before Entourage and all that. Entourage has helped me dramatically. You know what I mean? And, you know, now I got a commercial that runs on MTV. So, now more and more people are getting to know me than last year when I wanted to put my out. I was mad. Im like, Yo, put my album out this year. But it wasnt time. [They] kept telling me you know be patient, be patient, be patient. My dude be patient. You know? And plus, you know, the albums 80 percent. We got like over 40, 50 records [finished] already. So, you know, I want the set up to be right. And I think more and more people, even a little s**t like this happen, and, more and more people find out about me. And you know, hopefully, when it comes down for the album to come out, Ill be more anticipated, than even now. But it aint the music, man. It aint movin there. The creative aspect, if youve got joints. You got strong, strong, strong, strong joints.
AllHipHop.com: Timing is a lot.
You know New York is hurtin right now, too. But, you know, like none of us is ready to come out. Im probably more ready than anybody to come, but, if anyone of us if, were to come out like now, we wouldnt do nothing right now. You need a good set up nowadays before you come out. If you wanna make any kind of impact. You know?
AllHipHop.com: Overall, what do you think New York needs to do right now?
Saigon: Need to start comin with some f**kin better records, man. Stop tryin to copy motherf**kers, B.
AllHipHop.com: Right. Right.
Saigon: Thing with us is, we copyin them now, B. Like we call the fronts, grills. We copyin Down South. We copyin. Its like when I mention that, everybodys like, oh, you tryin to diss the south. I aint dissn' the south. If anything, I just sayin we need to step out. We look like a**holes, not them. We copyin them. Nelly just now makin a song. Nelly got a song called Air Force One that came out like last year. And I've been wearin that s**t since I was a kid, man.
AllHipHop.com: Yeah. No doubt.
Saigon: I was, we callin em Uptowns. They was doin ups. Know what I mean? Its like we dont start no trend. Everybody think everybody wanna man with a red bandana in their pocket. Talkin about these sets. A set is a West Coast thing. We never called each other a set. We called it my click, my crew, my posse.
AllHipHop.com: Its a money thing? People just take the money?
Saigon: Yeah. Exactly. N***as take the money, and, they just dont care about the artistic value of the music, because, its so corporate now. Thats why you see Chevrolet commercials with rap, and, McDonalds and Pepsi and Coca Cola. Every big major American Corporation uses hip hop to endorse their product. This s**t [Hip-Hop] started in ghettos everywhere. N***gas rapped about the f**ked up conditions we was livin in tryin to escape the harsh realities of our situation. It wasnt about motherf**kin party everyday, and, just party your life away. And have fun, and, then go to the club and shake youre ass and booty clap like it is now. S**t is f**ked up, man. I aint even gotta say names. Those n***a know who they are. And all they gotta do is look at the big artists in New York. The ones thats effective right now. And ask yourself why they effective. Cause, they really, cause, they copyin.
AllHipHop.com: Yeah. Is there a solution to this? I mean, obviously, we cant control what other people do.
Saigon: Yeah. We cant control it. I mean, only thing we can do is, man, like artists like myself. Im like the sacrificial lamb, man. Im gonna have to come in and be the one to say, Yeah man, we gotta stop this s**t, and start makin New York records. Start makin dope songs and s**t again. Dope beats. We need to bring [DJ] Premier back. We need to do all that s**t man. We need to get these n***as dust off the MPCs and come back and bring the slam back.
AllHipHop.com: Looking at the future, I heard you and Tru Life were real, real close. Is that true?
Saigon: Yeah man. Its like my brother, man. Like my brother right there. Like weve been friends for like 12 years. Before the rap s**t. Its true. Like the first n***a to put me in the studio like yo, son. Know what I mean? Id die for that brother right there. He got a good album, too, man. I heard his album, man. Dudes gonna be surprised, man.
AllHipHop.com: There has been press on you hatin on the South or sayin you're dumbing down Hip-Hop. Things like that. Im sure youve heard about it. Like what are your thoughts on that?
Saigon: Some miscellaneous website took the interview I did like last year. And being that I did a tape with [DJ] Drama, you know. And a lot of people felt some kind of way about that cause you know Drama the hottest DJ down South right now. You know they felt like, Oh, this guy was trying to get this south. He said the South was slow. People in the South was slow. And they took my words and they took it out of context. I said the South was always considered slow compared to other [regions]. Thats just history. If you look at the history. The Industrial Revolution started in the North. Slaves was wanting to come North. My mother and my whole families from down South. So why would I say down South people was dumb like they try to say. I said, No, the South was always considered slow compared to New York. New York was always fast and fast paced. And thats the truth.
AllHipHop.com: Whats the deal with you and Abandoned Nation? Are you still cool with Gotti? I heard
Saigon: Yeah, still cool with Gotti, man. Me and Gotti we had our little differences like everybody else, but, you know, thats still my boy. Know what I mean? He still around man, makin things happen. But you know Gotti go through these little emotional [periods], where he just want to disappear and nobody can get in touch with him. Certain times like we need you around. Like he does that at the wrong time sometimes. We have our ups and downs but thats still thats my boy. You know I mean? Thats my boy to the grave. I love Gotti to death. Know what I mean?
AllHipHop.com: Back to the album, how much of your so-called conscious side is gonna come out on the album?
Saigon: Oh, 85 percent man. The next paycheck when I do the gangster record that was just to get peoples attention, man. Now that Im startin to get the ear, Im ahead. Im gonna wire what I really wanna say. You know what I mean? I thought if I just came at em all the way conscious from the jump, they would of just. I would have just chased them away. Nobody like to be preached to, man.
AllHipHop.com: What about Jay-Z, the new Camron diss record? Any thoughts on that?
Saigon: Its crazy right there, man. Yeah. I dont know about that one. Im dyin to see how this plays out right here, man. Cause, I wonder if Jay-Zs gonna respond, B, cause, I think Jay would be helping Cam by respondin. I like to see whats gonna happen, man. A good battle is always good for Hip-Hop, man. Jay should just retire and enjoy my girl, man. If Jay would get out the game like he said he gonna do. The game just keep pullin him back in, you know? Hes. Its like a person who wanna get out the street, but, they want to come back to the block every now and then and s**t. Jay-Z Without Oh Boy and all that, who knows where these n***as would be at right now. Cam didn't credit Jay with that. Without Jigga, there'd be no Roc-A-Fella.