The word seems to be spreading across the Hip-Hop world pretty quickly that underground phenom and mixtape king, Saigon a.k.a. Tha Yardfather, has just inked a very uniquely structured joint venture deal with Just Blaze’s Fort Knocks Entertainment and The Atlantic Recording Corp. Under this deal Saigon will be working closely with the super producer who will be handling the majority of the production on all of the albums that will be released under this deal. This means problems for a lot of your favorite MCs.
Saigon also has the luxury of working beside two of the Hip-Hop world’s more respected executives, Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua and Gee Roberson, founders of Hip-Hop Since 1978, the company that has helped launch the careers of Kanye West and many other superstars. Hip Hop was also A&R on just about all of the Jay-Z albums released on Rocafella/ Def Jam Records.
“I been in the cut putting my dream team together”, says Saigon via telephone. “I haven’t been on the mixtape scene too much lately. But now that the business side of my situation is straight, I’m shutting that shit down again. I hope all of these new cats used my absence as an opportunity to come up, ’cause its gonna be real hard now. With Just Blaze doin’ my beats, I’m unstoppable. Just Blaze is our Dr. Dre out here on the East Coast, has been for the past five or six years.” Saigon also revealed that Scram Jones, Alchemist, Buckwild and Digga are some of the other producers he’s working with. “I positioned myself to win”, he says very confidently.
In addition to the music side of his “dream team” being very strong, Saigon has also retained the legal services of Theo Sedlmayr, high-powered attorney for super heavyweight champions Eminem and 50 Cent. I guess this puts an end to the rumored beef between him and 50. “I don’t have beef with 50 Cent”, Saigon clearly states. “If it weren’t for 50 Cent I probably wouldn’t be here. A lot of these mixtape niggas wouldn’t. I learned a lot from 50, from watching him and from speaking with him.” He then states, “I guess being that he’s on top and I’m on my way to the top, we’re just supposed to clash, huh?”
Saigon then goes on to brag about his debut album, “The Greatest Story Never Told”, due out in ’05. “My shit is only half way done and it’s already a classic. That’s scary to me. Make sure you look out for that. Oh yeah, big shout out to m-1 from dead prez who brought me to dream hampton, who brought me to Jay-Z, who brought me to the starting line of a race I am bound to win. I don’t claim no hood, but another shout out to Brooklyn and to Mooseknuckle for raising a warrior. One.”
I think now it’s officially safe to say that Saigon is the future.