I first read about Saigon in The Source Magazine's Unsigned Hype column and after reading about him picked up his first best of mixtape 'The Yard Father Vol. 1'. That was about a two years ago and he seems to be just breaking through now which he highly deserves too as he has the potential to be one of the best in the game. Saigon did most of his growing up in Prison ("I was rocking prison boots before I had a wisdom tooth") which you hear about in a lot of his songs like 'If..My Mommy'and 'Huh Mama' and it was in prison where he learnt to rap and earnt his monkier The Yardfather from defeating all on comers in the prison yard. This album has a mixtape format and is basically to put the word out that Saigon is the next up. It summarises most of the tracks he's released on vinyl and mixtapes and also contains freestyles he has done for Djs like Kay Slay, Abosolut and Whoo Kid. At just under an hour its not that long and only has two guest appearances on 'We Want In' which features Qb Alumni Mekka Mills and Ali Vegas of The Silver Back Council. Every single track on the album is heated featuring classics like 'Favourite Things' and Contraband (A,B,C,D) aka Pop Quiz. On this album Saigon raps about growing up in prison and street tales from his hustling days and he has a witty flow but the thing I like most about him is he's not afraid to rap about real issues like on 'Kiss The Babies' and 'Huh Mama' where he spits about trying to get a job after coming out of prison. The production is dope with a few Alchemist beats and also Ez Elpee and Saigon himself produce a few of the tracks. Overall this is an album you need to get if you appreciate real quality hip hop as along with Ali Vegas and Immortal Technique Saigon is the truth.
this is by far the best mixtape ever, no doubt about it, this album uses original beats, and the production is brilliant, saigon is a brilliant lyricist, he raps about a wide range of subject matters, such as politics, dissing rappers who are not real, asking girls with men in jail if theyd stick by them, and gangster songs, all the songs are very catchy, but at the same time not pop, saigon has a terrific multisyllable rhyming scheme, he has a great delivery, and if you are a rap fan reading this, and think rap is dying out, buy this, its amazing, and proves that true rap still exist, a modern and extremely underrated classic
After hearing saigon on a few mixtapes, i was feeling his flow and the lyrics an subjets he was spitting. Also the originalilty of his subjects and content is on another level compared to sum of these so-called Mc. Look out for his debut album coming soon. Highlights: Pop Quiz Shok Tv If... (My Mommy) Huh Mama I really dont think there are any low points, theres good and great.