News: Saigon Remembers Prison As "Motherf*cking Agony And Mental Torture" [Video]

Friday, Sep 4, 2009 3:45PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

With the recent reports of C-Murder and Max B being given lengthy prison sentences, former incarcerated rapper Saigon recently spoke on life behind bars.

Despite certain emcees glorifying crime, Sagion spoke out on the struggles he went through while he was locked up.

"This is not rapping sh*t, this is real sh*t," Saigon said in an interivew. "This is the sh*t n*ggas is going through -- jail will eat some n*ggas up. Some n*ggas ain't scared to go back. I'm scared of jail, n*gga. Shout-out to my n*gga Tru Life, Tru Life, I'm scared of jail. I'll be the first one to say it, and it ain't even a violent aspect of it or violence because I can handle myself, but it's the motherf*cking agony and mental torture of prison. N*ggas don't know how to -- that sh*t is mental torture." (Amalgam Digital)

Saigon spent time behind bars around the age of 16.

In 1992, at the tender age of twelve, little Saigon was hauled into court on vandalism charges. But sadly, this initial brush with the law didn't stop his downward spiral. He continued to run the streets and before long, Saigon graduated from juvie and entered directly into the youth division services of an adult prison, charged with attempted murder but convicted on first degree assault. At 16, the kid who had never enjoyed a real home now had one in the state penitentiary. While locked up, Saigon, who adopted the alias from a book on the Vietnam War, went through a transformation. He slowly realized that if he continued to fight and wil' out, he'd never escape from behind the cold prison walls. So he came up with a plan. He began to rhyme. (Atlantic Records)

Corey "C-Murder" Miller was convicted of second-degree murder last month.

The Louisiana jury reached the 10-2 verdict around 1:30 p.m. in its second day of deliberations on Tuesday. Jurors had reached the same verdict earlier in the day, but District Judge Hans Liljeberg ordered them back to the jury room for more deliberation because of a questionable vote. Liljeberg said after the verdict's initial reading that one juror had apparently changed her vote just to end deliberations. Three jurors had been seen crying in the courtroom Tuesday morning, and the day before they sent a note that they were having trouble reaching a consensus. (Associated Press)

Former Dipset associate Charly "Max B" Wingate was handed a 75 year prison sentence yesterday (September 3) afternoon.

Both Wingate and [his step brother Kevin] Leerdam looked resigned when Superior Court Judge Harry G. Carroll sentenced them in Hackensack, New Jersey. Wingate said he was not happy with his attorney, Gerald Saluti, and fired him during the hearing just before he received his sentence. Witnesses during trial testified that [the victims] David Taylor and his friend, Allan Plowden, were seen in Harlem a few days before the robbery, driving expensive cars and showing off a lot of cash. Leerdam's attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, said her client deserved some leniency because he was only 21 at the time of the incident. Carroll, however, handed out a stiff sentence, saying Leerdam took a firearm with him to the hotel "and did not hesitate to use it." (North Jersey News)

Check out Saigon speaking on jail experience below:

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