News: Saigon Feels Lucky About His Untold Story, "Rumor Has It 'The Source' Gave Me 4 1/2 Mics"
Sunday, Jan 23, 2011 2:17AM
Brooklyn rapper Saigon has wasted no time in anteing up the excitement for his long-awaited Greatest Story Never Told debut by hinting at possibly receiving a near-perfect album rating by The Source.
Writing on Twitter, the "Yard Father" shared his post-reaction to the speculated achievement.
"Rumor has it that @thesourcemag gave me 4 and a Half Mics which is bittersweet..Its a GREAT rating but I was gunning for that 5...Next one DEFINITELY. Much love to @thesourcemag if this is true...," Sai tweeted Saturday (January 22).
"The Chronic, The Infamous, Cuban Linx, Ready to Die. All other albums that got 4 1/2 good company.." (Saigon's Twitter)
After Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy received a rare 5 mics from Source, SOHH talked to album reviewer/editor Andreas Hale about the historic rating.
"Let's be clear. Five mics wasn't necessarily my decision. That's a decision made at The Source. It's not anything where I came forward and said "It's five mics, and that's it." It was an internal discussion that came about from the review. First and foremost, Bonsu Thompson [Source Editor-In-Chief] is someone who is willing to jump out and do something like that. When he was at XXL, he gave the XXL rating to [West's] Late Registration. So it's nothing new for this man to jump out on a limb and agree and say, "This is a great album." (SOHH Guest Star)
A few weeks ago, Sai's executive producer Just Blaze discussed the project's multi-year delay.
"It's very cool," Just told SOHH when asked about Sai's album finally having a release date. "No pun intended, I'm happy he gets to tell his story and it's something that he put so many years of blood, sweat and tears in to. I'm happy that somebody was able to see his vision, and get the album and understand what he wanted to do with it, and allow him to release it without having to really alter [anything]. And I'm happy that they're allowing him to have the proper platform and budget to do that. There were a lot of other potential situations on the table over the past two years or so for as soon as he got his release from Atlantic [Records] but either the money wasn't right or they wanted to make changes or they didn't have the money and resources to put the album out in the fashion that it deserves to be put out." (SOHH)
The long-awaited album is currently slated to drop in February.
The greatest story will finally be told. After nearly half a decade of delays, Saigon's official debut album, The Greatest Story Never Told, will finally be hitting shelves on February 15, 2011. Set to come out on Suburban Noize Records, the project will see Just Blaze, Sway Calloway and Rich Nice serve as executive producers. "I got everything planned out; it ain't no more starting and stopping," said the former XXL Leader of the New School cover subject. He also gave a few details on the album, telling XXLMag.com, "It's been a long journey." (XXL Mag)
Check out some recent Saigon footage below: