Guest Star: "Why Are We F*cking Using This Music To Promote Liquor Companies & Clothing Lines?"
Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 11:45AM
[In celebration of Black History Month, Saigon shares his views on the state of hip-hop music and how social issues within the community are being ignored.]
"I'm Black" was Styles P's best song, ever. That's what made me a Styles P fan. When I heard "I'm Black", and [then] he left that zone, it kind of hurt my heart because I've always loved The Lox, their music. I think Jadakiss is one of the most clever dudes that puts wordplay together. He knows how to put words together very well.
But when Styles P made "I'm Black," that's what made me say, "Yo, this is why Styles P is that dude." My whole album is that. My whole album is, "I'm Black." When people hear the album, people are going to be like, "This dude is trying to be Malcolm X." That's what I'm on.
I'm talking to my people on this album, Greatest Story Never Told. This is why the record labels didn't want to put it out. You gotta understand. The first single that Atlantic gave me a big budget for was with a big super star, Trey Songz. I want people to do a little research.
I did a song with Trey Songz. We were both on Atlantic, both new artists and we went under the wings. They told me I could work with "any" artist on their whole roster. Do you understand the roster that Atlantic Records has? They have big super stars. I had a big budget, the best A&R, all of that. Just Blaze. I was like, "I want my first single to be with this kid right here, Trey Songz, because he's dope. He's got soul, he's from Virginia, he's a dope singer." I knew he was good and "Pain In My Life" is about teaching young Black women not to be victims of HIV.
Every year, if you watch the news or watch CNN, they'll tell us more about Michael Vick's touchdowns than [the fact] every day Black women are the number one [victims] of HIV and AIDS every year. Black women. They beat everybody. Our brothers and sisters. I'm Black, so I got to look at my community and my people. Everybody else look at their people and every time we got a chance to talk to our people, it's about partying and having fun.
Come on, what are we doing with this sh*t? What are we doing as a people? What the f*ck are we doing? We got the most powerful weapon in the world. I been to Australia and there's n*ggas with their hats turned back with baggy pants sagging trying to look like us. China. Everywhere I been in the world. This hip-hop sh*t is something that started with us so why are we f*cking using this music to promote liquor companies and clothing lines? What the f*ck is wrong with us? Is it just me? Am I bugging?
Sometimes I feel like I'm crazy for not just following suit and being like, "F*ck it". If that's all I had to do in music, then I'd be rich as a motherf*cker. I'm just a different kind of person.
Saigon is a rapper who has been generating a buzz within the rap game since the early 2000's. In addition to the music, Sai has also received acclaim for his acting most notably in the popular HBO series, Entourage.
Check out Saigon & Trey Songz's "Pain In My Life" below: