Saigon: Goodbye Atlantic Records

On his blog, Saigon drops a bomb - he has departed his longterm recording home of Atlantic Records. Read the saga from the man, who has had a rough path in the music game despite being one of Hip-Hop faves. (This editorial has not been edited by in any way.)Saigon:Okay, where do I begin....

Once upon a time, I remember telling my homie Just Blaze that the ONLY

way we would win was if we were to get off of Atlantic Records

A.S.A.P... Most of you may not know but I have fought and fought and

fought for the past year and a half to get out of that bad deal..I

personally E mailed Julie Greenwald and Craig Kallman (C.E.O and

President) and begged for a release from my contract numerous times.. I

know some of you may or may not remember but I even went as far as

saying 'I quit' or 'Im retiring' to get out of there. I figured if I

said 'I quit', they would say 'well if he's not rapping anymore, we

should let him go' but nope...They held me.. I even went and aqcuired

the powerful services of Chris Lighty and Violator Management to help

me get out of there but nope, they held me.. I was about to write the

word SLAVE on my cheek like Prince or go CNN style and go flip over

some computers or something... LOL

I was signed to Atlantic Records by Kyambo 'Hip Hop' Joshua. Hip Hop is

one of the most creative and innovative people in this music

business..He was the A&R on every Jay Z album from Reasonable Doubt

to The Black Album so he knows and understands a real TRUE talent...

But 4 months after signing me to Atlantic Records, Hip Hop quit and

left the label because he didnt like the way they wouldnt let the real

artist be themselves. They even passed on signing the legendary Devin

The Dude because he wasnt 'young enough'...Wow.. When Hip Hop left I

knew I was in trouble...BIG trouble...

Strike 1

I put out 2 songs on Atlantic Records, the first one was called 'Pain

in my Life' feat Trey Songz. This song recieved GREAT reviews, massive

press and was to set the tone as to who I am and the type of artist I

am.. Atlantic Records felt I needed a party song, or a sexual song or

something like the other artist they have up there. On one side of the

token they're telling me they need to market me to the youth yet they

want me to use adult content.. This didnt make sense to me. They wanted

me to tell 12 and 13 year old kids that its cool to be strippers and

gangbangers. I felt if they were going to market me to the young kids

in the urban communities, I should be giving them something thats gonna

be more beneficial than detrimental to their lives, like the importance

of eduacation, safe sex, will power and shit like that. I live in these

communities so I see the power and the effects this music has on our

children.. We disagreed and I guess their way of

saying fuck me was, they NEVER worked the record at radio.. They NEVER

put me on a promo tour to work the record, and they gave me a measley

18 thousand dollars to shoot the video which was kinda insulting to


Strike 2

Okay, no love and support on Pain in my Life and at this point Im very

discouraged because the record was doing very well on its own. Yet they

would not support it.. Im on a hit television show Entourage on H.B.O,

magazine covers, everything.. Yet still no support from the label. Okay

we say 'lets try it again'... We give them 'Come on Baby' feat Swizz

Beatz. Once again the song recieves great reviews, classic Just Blaze

material. And once again, NO radio staff is working it, NO promo tours,

not even a fuckin poster or an online banner.. NOTHING.. When it came

time to do the video, they gave me 28K.. LOL... 10K more than the

measley 18K they gave me for Pain in my Life.. Thats 2 videos for under

50K and this is supposed to break a new artist??? For those of you who

dont know the business, the average cost for a decent video is between

100K and 150K for a new artist youre trying to break. Thats ONE video

mind you.. They gave me less than 50K for 2 videos.

They never worked either of the 2 songs at radio.. They never even

made a Saigon poster...Lol... If you go up to the Atlantic offices

their are pictures on the wall of artist you NEVER, EVER, EVER heard

of in ya life.. and probably never will. I knew for a long time I was

at the wrong place.. I like to tell myself that the money they were

supposed to spend on my project just went to T.I's legal team and court

fees...Then I feel they did something good with the money..Haha

Strike 3

Okay so now they shit on us again with 'Come on Baby', Im crying to

leave the label but they wont let me go.. They wont push me, but they

wont let me go.. So Just Blaze says 'okay, lets pull out the big

guns'.... He gets the big homie Jay Z on the remix of Come on Baby (see

page to listen) and can you believe these muthafuckas stiiiiiiiiiiiilll

didnt work the record or give us what we needed to work the record...

Here you have an new artist as handsome as me,(haha) as talented as me,

on a hit television show, XXL and many other covers, mega buzz in the

street and online, AND a song with Jay Z and Swizz Beatz you

stiiiiillll dont push the button... There was nothing more I could do

but take legal action to leave there..At first I was discouraged about

the whole thing but then I started to think about T.I. on Arista

Records, Lupe Fiasco on Arista Records, Alicia Keys on Columbia

Records, 50 Cent on Columbia Records, DMX on Columbia Records. These

are just a few of the superstars that werent on the same page as their first

record company. And me on Atlantic, I refused to let them put out my

album with no marketing dollars behind it.. My album is a masterpiece

that will go on to make history.. I refused to let it be mishandled by

some people who only care about a dollar when my music is about so much

more than just financial gain...Once people realize money doesnt equal

happiness the world will be a better place..I know alot of rich

miserable people, rappers, actors or just plain businessmen that are

hooked on drugs and shit because theyre trying to escape reality. The

money dont mean shit...Lets talk about THAT..

Now to bring you all up to date...I am NO LONGER ON ATLANTIC RECORDS,

thank you God. I took legal action and got my manager Chris, my lawyer

Theo, my homies Gee Roberson and Just Blaze and we got the fuck up out

of there... No, I didnt get dropped so you haters dont get excited, I

fought these people very very hard to leave. When they drop you they

keep your music and you dont have to pay them shit back.. Trust me, I

tried to get dropped. I still own my masters so we have to give these

bastards a whole LOT of money , BUT, we still own The Greatest Story

Never Told which will be released this year with a company that Im sure

will surprise the whole world once we let it out.. Nobody is gonna see

this coming..TRUST ME. Im still rocking with Just Blaze till the dirt,

Im still with Hip Hop Since 1978 till the dirt, we killed them with

Kanye West, now we bout to kill em with Lil Wayne and Saigon comes soon

after to play clean up.....Goodbye Atlantic Records, I

dont know if it was systematic racism or the fact they didnt think

they could break an artist with validity in his music who cares about

the future of black children, but I guess we'll never know will

we.....................???????????? So now you know why Ive been quiet the past year.. Ive been in battle with these people, and I WON.

Now check out my single Gotta Believe It...The one explaining my new

beginning.....Peace.. Im off to China for Memorial Day weekend...Wow.

Later Yall